Sophomore Fencer Takes Third at Collegiate Open

PHILADELPHIA – Penn’s fencing teams took part in the 35th Garret Penn State Collegiate Open this weekend, in State College, Pa.

Sophomore Abby Emerson was the top finisher for the Quakers, as she came in third in foil. She beat fencers from Notre Dame, Princeton, and Harvard on her way to the top but lost to the eventual champion, Harvard’s Emily Cross.

Sophomore Ilana Sinkin, junior Zoya Abdikulova, freshman Tamara Levy, and senior Eve Overton also took part in the foil competition.

In women’s epee, sophomore Kristen Hughes was the top finisher for Penn, as she placed 12th. Senior Holly Buechel, sophomore Ana Gutierrez-Colina, freshman Kathryn Anthony, and senior Jackie Schramm were a part of the epee group as well.

In women’s sabre, sophomore Cassandra Partyka took tenth, the top finish for the women in that weapon. Freshman Alexis Baran also participated, placing 16th.

For the men, junior Ron Berkowsky was the top finisher, as he came in ninth in the men’s foil. Freshman Mario Ponticello, senior Michael Galligan, junior Corey Purcell, and freshman Jason Joo also took part in the foil event. In epee, Benjamin Weider, Samuel Monk and Benjamin Scholom made showings for Penn, while freshman Andrew Bielen and sophomore Hal Emmer took part in the sabre competition.

The Quakers will open their team season at home on Dec. 2, as they face off against Drew and Sacred Heart.