PHILADELPHIA – With the season set to kick off in just 38 days, the University of Pennsylvania’s men’s and women’s fencing programs officially announced their 2016-17 schedules on Tuesday. Highlighted by hosting the Ivy League Championships for the first time since 2010, the Quakers will be in action a total of nine times from early November to late March.
The Red and Blue will begin the new campaign by hosting the Elite Invitational on Nov. 5, marking the first time since 2006 that the Quakers will start the season at home. It is the first of three events in the Dave Micahnik Center this season, joining the Philly Invitational on Jan. 21 and the aforementioned conference championships on Feb. 11-12.
Following their first action of the season, the Quakers will send a handful of fencers to Milwaukee, Wisc. for the North American Cup (NAC) on Nov. 11-14. It is the first of two NAC events for the Quakers—the other coming on Jan. 6-9 in Columbus, Ohio.
The Quakers’ final competition prior to semester break will come at the Penn State Open on Nov. 19 (women) and Nov. 20 (men).
Penn’s other three competitions will take place in similar fashion to a year ago, with the Penn State Invitational set for Jan. 15, the Northwestern Duals on Feb. 2 and the Temple Invitational on Feb. 26.
The NCAA Fencing Regionals are set for March 11 at a location to be determined, while the 2017 NCAA Championships will take place in Indianapolis on March 23-26.
The men’s team is coming off arguably its best season ever, having won its first Ivy title since 2009 and earning the first No. 1 ranking in program history. As a whole, the Quakers sent eight individuals to NCAA Championships last spring—two on the women’s side and six for the men.