PHILADELPHIA – It was a weekend of “almost” for the Penn fencing teams, as both the men and the women came close to their own share of the Ivy League title.
For the women, the title was almost in reach. Last weekend, they lost to the defending champions, Harvard, by a close 15-12. This weekend, the Quakers took on the undefeated Columbia Lions, in hopes of beating them to earn a share of the title. But again, Penn lost by a close 15-12 margin. Columbia won all three weapons, 5-4. In sabre, senior Katelyn Sherry went 2-0, while Alexis Baran and Cassandra Partyka both went 1-2. In foil, Abigail Emerson and Eve Overton both went 1-2, while Ilana Sinkin finished 2-1. And in epee, senior Holly Buechel went 2-1, as did freshman Kathryn Anthony.
The women’s fencing team finished the day at 1-1, as they beat Brown, 22-5. Both the sabre and epee teams went 7-2, while the foil team went 8-1 against the Bears. In sabre, Sherry went 2-1, Partyka went 3-0, and Baran went 2-0. Freshman Tamara Levy went 0-1. In epee, Buechel led the way, going 3-0, while Anthony went 2-1, Kristen Hughes went 1-1, and Ana Gutierrez-Colina went 1-0. Emerson and Sinkin both went 3-0 in foil, while Overton finished at 2-1.
For the women, Columbia won the league title outright, as they went 6-0 in league matches, including a 22-5 win over the defending champions, Harvard. Harvard finished second, and Penn came in third, with a 4-2 Ivy League record.
On the men’s side, the Quakers came in at a tie for third, with Princeton. Last week, they lost to the defending title holders, Harvard, by a score of 19-8. This weekend, they lost to the Lions, 17-10, but beat the Bears, 19-8.
Against Columbia, Penn lost all three weapons. In sabre and epee, the Lions won 6-3, and won foil, 5-4. For the Quakers, Matthew Kolasa went 2-1 sabre, while junior Ron Berkowsky went 3-0 in foil, and Benjamin Weider went 2-1 in epee.
Against the Bears, the sabre and epee squads won 6-3, while the foil team won 7-2. In sabre, Kolasa went 3-0, as did freshman Andrew Bielen. In foil, Berkowsky went 3-0, as did senior captain Michael Galligan. Freshman Mario Ponticello went 1-0 against Brown. In epee, Weider and Samuel Monk both went 3-0 to help give Penn the win.
Columbia and Harvard tied for first in the league, and share the title, as both have 4-1 records. Penn and Princeton ended the season with identical 3-2 Ivy League records, meaning they hold a shared third place.
Up next, both teams will travel to Princeton, N.J. to take part in the IFA Championships, Sunday, March 3.