MADISON, N.J. – There’s nothing like ending the regular season with a win and that is just what the University of Pennsylvania men’s fencing team did. The Quakers capped off their regular season at Drew University with an overall win at the US Collegiate Squad Championships on Sunday, taking first in foil and sabre and third in epee. Joining the Red and Blue in the overall top three were Princeton and NYU.
Penn was seeded first in all three weapons and received a bye in the table of eight.
En route to finishing first in foil and sabre, the Quakers only fenced two teams: Princeton and NYU. In the foil semi-finals, the Red and Blue edged out the Tigers, 45-40, and followed it up with a win over the Violets in the finals, 45-32. For sabre, first up was NYU. The Violets put up a tough fight, but Penn edged them out, winning 45-42. Against Princeton in the finals, the sabre squad won 45-36.
The epee group took on fourth seed Sacred Heart in the semi-finals. After holding a 40-34 lead, the Pioneers pulled ahead for the 45-43 win. The Quakers fenced NYU for third place. It was a tight contest as freshman Zsombor Garzo and Evan Accardi each scored nine touches for an even score of 35. Senior Rene Gannon-O’Gara gave the Red and Blue a one-point lead, 39-38, and freshman Jake Raynis sealed the deal with six touches to win, 45-43.
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The men capped off the regular season today by winning the US Collegiate Squad Championship trophy! #FightOnPenn 🏆🏆
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1. Penn – Pierre Aymerich, Jason Chang, Ira Schlosberg, John Vaiani
2. NYU – Haney, Sconzo, Shin, Zheng
3. Princeton – Chen, Chen, Daniluk, Dudey
1. Sacred Heart – Almerini, Jacovino, Richard, White
2. Princeton – Choi, House, Hudson, Politi
3. Penn – Rene Gannon-O’Gara, Zsombor Garzo, Jake Raynis, R.J. Shipp
1. Penn – Isaac Buchwald, Sean Turner, Steven Yang, Michael Zhuang
2. Princeton – Cai, Chin, Pak
3. Brandeis – Berney, Madel, Ochs-Willard, Wilson