Women's Fencing Beats Yale and Princeton, Falls to Columbia

ITHACA, N.Y. - The University of Pennsylvania women's fencing team went 2-1 on Sunday at Ivy League Championahip North at Cornell. Penn defeated Yale 21-6, Princeton 16-11,and fell to Columbia 15-12.

The Quakers cruised past Yale in all three weapons. In the epee, the Red and Blue won 8-1. Holly Buechel and Kristen Hughes each picked up three wins. Penn won the foil 6-3. Zoya Abdikulova, Abby Emerson and Ilana Sinkin all went 2-1. The Quakers took the sabre 7-2, led by captain Katelyn Sherry who went 3-0.

In their second match up of the day the Red and Blue won the epee and the foil 5-4 in both, but fell in the sabre 7-2 to give Columbia the win. Buechel led Penn in the epee going 3-0. Abdikulova and Emerson combined for four wins in the foil. In the sabre, Columbia's Emma Baratta and Daria Schneider combined for six wins to help the Lions overtake Penn.

The Quakers 6-3 win in the epee was led once again by Buechel, who was 2-1 against Princeton. The Tigers edged Penn in the foil 5-4. Emerson went 2-1 for the Red and Blue. Penn was very impressive in the sabre,shutting out Princeton 9-0. Sherry, Cassandra Frey and Cassandra Partyka combined for the Quakers nine wins.

The Red and Blue are 7-2 overall and 2-1 in the Ivy League. Buechel and Princeton's Erin McGarry were the top performers in the epee, both went 8-1 on Sunday.

The Quakers will compete in Ivy League Championship South next Sunday, Feb. 12 at Columbia at 10 a.m.