Prochniak Takes Fifth At Junior Olympics

MEMPHIS , Tenn. - Penn freshman Evan Prochniak used an impressive showing in the Junior Olympics over the weekend to secure a spot on the Junior National team.

The first year tied for fifth in the junior men's sabre division out of 157 competitors. The top five finish was enough to secure Prochniak's spot on the 2010 U.S. Junior Fencing National Team which will compete which at the 2010 World Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan, in April.

Prochniak was excited about his performance, "All of the stuff that I have been practicing was working really well," he said. "Making World Championship team is a goal every year for me and it's a great feeling to accomplish it."

Penn head coach Andy Ma was at the Junior Olympics and was also pleased with his fencer's performance. "Some freshmen start their college careers slowly, but Evan is different," said Ma "He is a smart kid and trains very hard to improve his fencing. It's quite an accomplishment for him to make the team."

Prochniak and the men's and women's fencing team return to action this Sunday when they take part in the first round of the Ivy League Championships at Cornell. The men look to defend their league title, while the women seek to upset defending champion Harvard.