PHILADELPHIA - Members of the Penn men's fencing team try and earn spots in the NCAA Fencing Championships when they take part in the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regionals held at Drew University on Saturday.
Ten Quakers will make the trip to Drew in hopes of solidifying a spot at the upcoming NCAA Championships on March 25-28. There are seven automatic berths each in men's foil, men's saber, women's epee and women's foil, and six auto berths in men's epee and women's saber. In addition, two at-large berths per weapon will be awarded across the country's four regions.
A school can have a maximum 12 competitors at the NCAA finals, with two per weapon. Once on the national stage, each fencer will duel the other 23 competitors in his or her weapon, with each win counting for a team point toward the combined men's-women's championship.
Junior Jacob Wischnia, freshman Steven Jow and Zachary Propert will represent Penn in epee, while freshmen Evan Prochniak and William Goldhirsch are the lone Quakers in sabre who will take part in regionals. Foil has the largest contingent with five fencers, in sophomores Alex Simmons, Vidur Kapur and Zane Grodman, and freshman Sinatrio Raharjo and junior Dan Shiff.
In the team's most recent action, Penn finished tied for second place at the Ivy League Championships. In the event, three different players received All-Ivy honors. Prochniak went 12-3 in sabre to earn first team honors and Simmons was an Ivy-best 11-3 as he also made the first team. Wischnia was named second-team All-Ivy in epee for his performance.
Results from the Championships will be posted when available.