Prochniak Takes Silver In Sabre At North American Cup

PHILADELPHIA - Freshman fencer Evan Prochniak tooka silver medal at the U.S. Fencing North American Cup held in San Jose, California over the weekend, building on his already impressive performances this year.

Prochniak took second place in the senior men's sabre category in a field of over 140 fencers, improving his junior sabre ranking to third in the United States. Sophomore Alex Simmons also competed in the event, finishing 10th out of over 180 competitors in the senior men's foil category, and 18th out of almost 200 in the junior men's foil category.

Prochniak's silver comes on the heels of his sixth place finish at the World Junior Cup held in Budapest two weeks ago. In Hungary, the Penn freshman was just one of two American men to earn a top six finish in their respective weapon. Prochniak has competed in one event for the Quakers this year, taking first in sabre at the Temple Open held October 31and November 1 last year.

The Penn fencing teams return to action this weekend when they travel to Penn State with fencing beginning at 8:30 a.m. Saturday morning.