PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania men's fencing team will send five student-athletes to their first United States Fencing Association (USFA) North American Cup (NAC) this weekend in Kansas City, Mo. This is the first NAC the Quakers will send individuals to, with the others coming in December and January.
The Quakers as a whole are coming off strong individual showings at last week’s season-opening Penn State Open.
On the men’s side, Penn put together its strongest efforts on foil -- posting three in the top 11. Sophomore John Vaiani led the way with a ninth-place finish, while Aaron Ahn and Chen followed in 10th and 11th respectively. Vaiani was especially impressive in pool play, notching the second seed in the championship round.
Senior captain Shaul Gordon compiled Penn’s top showing by tying for third on saber. Seeded eighth in the championship draw, Gordon picked up a 15-12 win over teammate Isaac Buchwald -- followed by a 15-8 triumph over top-seeded Walter Musgrave of Yale.
For the women, Arabella Uhry led the way with a fifth-place finish on sabre. The sophomore rolled to the championship round as the top seed. She then took down Temple’s Blessing Olaode in the first round, 15-5, before falling to Alexa Antipas of Ohio State, 15-6.
The sabre squad offered the most success for the Penn women on Saturday, with both Kathryn Khaw and Shriya Joshi joining Uhry in the championship round. Khaw placed 10th, while Joshi finished 14th.