Prochniak Highlights Three Fencing All-Americans

Columbus, Ohio - Sophomore Evan Prochniak became Penn's first first-team All-America selection since 2008 and was one of three fencers to be named All-Americans on Friday at the NCAA Fencing Championships at Ohio State.

Prochniak, senior Jacob Wischnia and junior Vidur Kapur all finished in the top-12 to help the Quakers to a seventh place finish with 55 bout victories halfway through the NCAA Championships.

Seeded fourth going into the semifinals of sabre with 17 total victories, Prochniak had to face the top seed, St. John's Daryl Homer. The sophomore lost to the eventual NCAA Champion by a 15-7 score to tie for third and receive first-team All-America honors. He is the first Quaker since Ron Berkowski in 2008 to be named first-team All-America. He is the first sabreist to be receive the honor since Michael Golia in 1999.

Fencing in his final collegiate competition Wischnia went out strong, finishing tenth overall in epee with 13 victories. The finish was good enough to secure the team captain the status of honorable mention All-America.

Kapur earned his second straight honorable mention All-America selection in foil. He finished 12th overall in the weapon with his ten wins. The Quakers other two fencers, freshmen Michael Mills and Clifford Fishler, both finished 20th in their respective weapons.

The Penn men's fencing team finishes their season with three All-Americans for the second straight year and they now give way to the women who fence Saturday and Sunday to determine the overall NCAA Champion.

Download: 2011 Fencing - Day 2.pdf