PHILADELPHIA - The men's fencing team aims to keep its winning streak intact this weekend as Penn travels to Brandeis for the Eric Sollee Invitational. Action from Cambridge, Mass. will get started at 10 a.m. on Sunday, with the Quakers facing four opponents on the day. Ranked No. 8 in the country in the first national coaches' poll of the season, Penn has compiled a 13-1 record to start the year and just had junior Michael Mills named as a Primetime Performer by the website CollegeFencing360 this week.
Three Quakers managed undefeated records at last Saturday's Philadelphia Invitational. Mills was 7-0 in saber on the day, including a vital 3-0 mark against Duke. Clifford Fishler was Penn's top performer on the day, ending with a 10-0 record in epee. Another epeeist, Seaver Wang, was 8-0 as he made his season debut in bouts against Haverford, Johns Hopkins, Drew and NJIT. Breaking down the team by weapons, saber was undefeated in six outings, with the closest calls coming in 6-3 victories over Duke and Johns Hopkins. Epee and foil each put together 5-1 records, with one single 5-4 loss each as the only blemish to an otherwise fantastic day.
Penn will meet with four new opponents on Saturday, three of whom are receiving votes in the national coaches' poll. The day begins at 10 a.m. against Stevens Tech. The Ducks have put together an overall record of 8-4 on the season, but haven't competed since the end of November. At 12 p.m., the Quakers will face off with MIT. The Engineers are the first day of the day to receive votes in the poll, and went 4-1 last weekend at a Northeast Fencing Conference meet, putting their overall record at 9-6 on the year.
After a brief rest in the early afternoon, the Red and Blue return to the strips at 3 p.m. to meet Boston College. Despite receiving votes in the poll, the Eagles are just 2-7 so far this season. The day ends with Penn meeting up with the host of the tournament, the Brandeis Judges. Brandeis stands at 8-6 on the year, and went 4-1 last weekend at that same Northeast Fencing Conference meet, losing only to Brown.
Sunday is Penn's last competition before traveling back to the Boston area for this year's Ivy League Round-Robins. The two-day event will take place Feb. 9-10 at Harvard's Gordon Track.