Three All-Americans Lead Men's Fencing at NCAA Championships

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The Penn fencing team finished the NCAA Championships in eighth place following a strong showing on Sunday, as three fencers achieved All-America status.

The Quakers fenced their way to eight place overall in the standings, just one spot lower than last year. The team was especially helped by a trio of All-Americans, including two sophomores and a freshman.

In his first NCAA Championships, sophomore Alex Simmons more than held his own. The sophomore finished seventh overall in foil and captured 14 bout victories. The win total earned him a second-team All-America nod, making it the eighth straight year Penn has had a men's fencer be named first or second-team All-America.

Sophomore Vidur Kapur also fenced in foil capturing a ninth place finish in his second trip to the NCAA Championships. Kapur began the day in 13th, but won six of his nine bouts on Sunday to move up to ninth and claim honorable mention All-America status.

In sabre, freshman Evan Prochniak was named an honorable mention All-America, becoming the third different All-America in sabre over the last four years. Prochniak took 11th in the event with 13 bout victories overall.

Penn's final competitor in the NCAA Championships was junior Jacob Wischnia. Competing in epee, the third year won six of nine matches to finish in 17th place in his weapon.

The three All-Americans are most for the Quakers since 2000, when five fencers achieved All-America status. Kapur, Prochniak and Simmons are also the 108th, 109th and 110th All-Americans in Penn's illustrious fencing history.

Penn State won the team title for the second consecutive season with 191 victories over the four days. They surpassed St. Johns on the final day, as the Red Storm finished with 181 wins. The Quakers finished fourth among Ivy League teams, behind Harvard (5th), Princeton (6th) and Columbia (7th).

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