PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania women’s fencing team recorded a 4-2 record in its season debut on Saturday at the Elite Invitational inside the Coach Dave Micahnik Center. The Quakers rattled off wins over NJIT (21-6), Johns Hopkins (20-7), North Carolina (16-11), Cornell (17-10), while dropping matches to Ohio State (18-9) and Notre Dame (15-12).
The sabre squad put together the most success for the Quakers, tallying a record of 5-1. Freshman Victoria Zhang led the way with a squad-best nine wins, compared to just four losses. Fellow rookie, Sara Papp, also compiled a nice day, recording a mark of 7-2. Kathryn Khaw (6-2), Dana Kong (6-4), and Arabella Uhry (7-5) all supplemented the team nicely, as Penn showed off great depth at this weapon.
The foil squad wasn’t too far behind as far as production goes, tallying a clip of 4-2. It was another pair of freshmen who paved the way, as Inbar Tivon went a perfect 5-0 and Nicole Vaiani registered a team-high 11 wins (11-3). Naomi Popkin also tallied a record of 5-0, while Simone Unwalla (6-6) and Danielle Ferdon (6-5) each had six triumphs.
The Quakers will send a handful of fencers to the November North American Cup next weekend in Milwaukee, Wisc.