Philadelphia - The University of Pennsylvania fencing program named its 2005 award winners at the teams annual postseason banquet, held on April 3. Ronald Berkowsky and Holly Buechel received the Quakers' Award for Excellence whileEmil Capetta and EveOvertonwere named Most Improved Fencers in a vote by their teammates. The Red and Blue also held its voting for its 2006 team captains tabbing Michael Galligan and Katelyn Sherry for the honor.
Berkowsky opened his collegiate career in style, earning second-team All-Ivy honors and was a first-team All-American. TheSicklerville, N.J.native had a 40-9 overall dual meet record in his first season as a Quaker. He earned first-team All-American status after winning the bronze medal in the men's foil at the 2005 NCAA Championships. In addition,Berkowsky also captured thegold medal at the 2005 Intercollegiate Fencing Association (IFA) championships and placed first overall at the Mid-Atlantic/South Regionals in men's foil.
Buechel continued the success of her freshman campaign with a 47-12 dual meet record in 2005. The South Orange, N.J. nativeplaced fourth in the women's epee at the NCAA Championships, earning first-team All-American honors. Shealso earned second-team All-Ivy honors as well as Academic All-Ivyaccolades.Buechel won the women's epee competition at the NCAA Regional competition as well as winning the bronze medal at the IFAchampionships.
Capetta earned Most Improved Fencer honors after earning an 11-13 record in the men's sabre on the season. The Most Improved Fencer award is given to the fencer who has shown the most improvement in the ability to fence and is judged from their first visit to the fencing room at the beginning of the 2005 season until the present day, showing a trend of marked improvement in those qualities which constitute a better fencer.On the women's side, Overton earned a 38-21 season mark in the women's foil in 2005 to be named most improved by her peers.
Sherry and Galligan, both honorable mention All-Americans for their performances at the NCAA Championships, were elected captains for the 2006 team. Sherry had a 51-8 record on the season and placed ninth at the NCAA Championships in the women's sabre. She also earned the bronze medal in at the IFA's and was first-team All-Ivy and earned Academic All-Ivy honors. Galligan also earned second-team All-Ivy honors as well as being named to the Academic All-Ivy team. He placed ninth in the men's foil at the NCAA Championships.
The Red and Blue women finished the season with a 16-4 overall record and a 2-3 mark in the Ancient Eight. The men's team recorded a 13-4 mark, 2-2 in the Ivy League. Combined, the Penn fencing team placed seventh at the 2005 NCAA Championships.
Written by Jennifer Hildebrand, athletic communications assistant