Numerous Fencers Compete at North American Cup

Dallas, Texas - Five different members of the Penn men's fencing team recently competed in the USFA North American Cup in Dallas, Texas, held January 14-17. Sophomore Evan Prochniak was one of Penn's top finishers in the event.

Prochniak, a first-team All-Ivy selection a year ago, won the Junior men's sabre by defeating Will Spear and maintained his spot as the national point leader in the weapon. The second-year also competed in Division I, taking 18th out of 162 competitors in the event.

Freshman Michael Mills also competed in Division I sabre, taking 16th overall. Mills' loss came in a 13-15 decision to eventual champion and 2008 Olympic Silver Medalist Tim Morehouse. Classmate Elliot Tusk competed in sabre as well, taking 47th out of the 162 competitors.

The Quakers also had a pair of fencers also compete in Division I epee. Freshmen Joseph Isaac placed 19th out of 224 fencers while fellow first-year Clifford Fishler took 58th. Fishler also placed 25th in Junior men's epee.

The Quakers begin their 2011 season this Saturday when they host the Philadelphia Invitational in Hutchinson gym, beginning at 10 a.m.