Six Fencers Earn All-Ivy Honors

PRINCETON, N.J. – The Ivy League announced its All-Ivy teams for men’s and women’s fencing on Friday. Penn was represented with six student-athletes. Sophomore Ron Berkowsky and junior Holly Buechel earned first-team honors. Junior Michael Galligan, sophomore Corey Purcell, freshman Abby Emerson and junior Katelyn Sherry all made second-team.

Berkowsky steamrolled through the Ivy League to a 14-1 record in the foil. His only loss came to Columbia’s Scott Sugimoto. He and Harvard's Tim Hagaman were the only fencers to record just one loss in league competition. This is the Sicklerville, N.J. native’s second All-Ivy nomination. Last season he made second-team.

Buechel, tied with Brown’s Ruth Schneider for the second best record in the epee at 13-5. This is her third first-team selection, as she earned the honors in 2004 and 2005.

For Galligan, this marks the third-consecutive season he has garnered second-team status. The junior captain finished at 11-4 and tied with teammate Purcell for the fourth best record. Along with Berkowsky, they formed the best foil team in the Ivy League. Purcell developed nicely through out the season and won many key bouts for the Quakers in the Ivy Championships.

Emerson emerged as the Red and Blue’s top fencer in the foil. She was Penn’s lone freshman to earn All-Ivy honors going 13-5 in the league. Emerson ranks second on the women’s team with 39 victories on the season.

Despite a foot injury which sidelined her in January, Sherry returned to form once Ivy competition got underway. She strung together 12 straight victories against Ivy opponents en route to her third All-Ivy selection. She finished league competition 13-5. The junior earned first-team honors last year and second-team honors as a freshman.

Berkowsky, Galligan, Buechel, Emerson, Ilana Sinkin, Cassandra Partyka and Matthew Kolasawill compete in the NCAA Championships from March 16-19 in Houston. Purcell will be an alternate for the men's team and Zoya Abdikulova will be an alternate for the women.