Three Quakers Fence at World Championships

BAKU, Aze. - Freshman Evan Prochniak, sophomore Alex Simmons and first year Sinatrio Raharjo all fenced in the 2010 World Championships which concluded on Saturday in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Prochniak had the most impressive performance of any Quaker in the Championships. He took 16th individually in sabre, good for the second highest finish among Americans in the event. He won his first two matches, but dropped his third to Sebastian Schroedter, the eventual silver medalist.

In the sabre team event, Prochniak fenced well once again, as the team captured the bronze medal after coming into the event seeded fourth. The Penn freshman was joined on the four-man team by high schooler Eric Faas, 2009 NCAA Champion Aleksander Ochocki of Penn State and 2010 NCAA Champion Daryl Homer of St. John's.

"The team came together really well against the Germans and we only lost by two points to the gold medalists," said Prochniak. "I fenced really well on the day of the team event but still can't believe I am a medalist at world championships. In the individual event I fenced very well, but lost to Schroedter of Germany who eventually finished second. All in all, I was happy with my fencing and it was a great way to end the season!"

Simmons fenced foil for team Canada at the World Championships. In the individual event, the sophomore took 21st after just barely falling in the round of 32, losing to 2005 Cadet World Champion Jakub Joniak. In the team event, Canada placed tenth overall.

Raharjo fenced solely as an individual, representing his native Indonesia in foil. He won bouts in the first round of fencing but didn't advance to the second round.