Princeton, N.J. - Ten members of the University of Pennsylvania men's and women's fencing program were named to the 2005 All-Ivy team, with two of those selections earning first-team honors. Sophomores Annika Eiremo and Katelyn Sherry both earned first-team nods in the sabre. It was the second first-team selection for Eiremo and the second selection for Sherry as well, who was named to the second-team after her freshman campaign.
Joining their teammates on the All-Ancient Eight squad as second-team selections were sophomores Holly Buechel and Cassandra Frey in the epee, sophomore Jon Gale and freshman Noah Rohrer in the epee, senior Stephen Gavalas, sophomore Michael Galligan and freshman Ron Berkowsky in the foil and freshman Zachary Yeates in the sabre.
Eiremo, a native of Carmichael, Calif., posted a 13-2 mark in the Ancient Eight and a 25-2 overall record. Her overall record brings her career mark to 77-4 and 22-2 in the League.
Sherry, a Mendham, N.J. native, compiled a 12-3 Ivy League record and a 50-9 overall mark on the season. This was the first first-team honor of her career.
Buechel, a native of South Orange, N.J., was 10-5 in the League and compiled a 47-10 overall record. This was her second all-Ivy selection. She was a first-team member after the 2004 season. She was joined by weaponmate Cassandra Frey, a native of Ceder Grove, N.Y. Frey compiled a 8-4 Ivy mark to earn her spot on the team.
On the men’s side, Rohrer, a native of Lexington, Mass., earned his first All-Ivy spot after compiling a 6-4 Ivy League record. He finished the regular season with a 20-20 overall mark. Fellow freshmen Ron Berkowsky, of Sicklerville, N.J., and Zachary Yeates, a native of Sacramento, Calif., join Rohrer as members of the All-Ivy second-team. Berkowsky had a 7-5 record in the League and Yeates went 5-7 against Ancient Eight competition.
Also named to the second-team were sophomore Michael Galligan and senior Stephen Gavalas. It was the second-consecutive All-Ivy honor for both. Galligan, who compiled a 7-5 League record this season, was on the second-team after the 2004 season and Gavalas, the team captain, earned first-team honors last season. This year, he garnered second-team honors with a 7-5 Ivy record.
Both teams are next in action on Feb. 26 when they travel to Providence, R.I. for the International Fencing Association (IFA) tournament. The women’s team is looking to defend their IFA title from 2004.
Written by Jennifer Hildebrand, athletic communications assistant