UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The University of Pennsylvania women’s fencing team opened its 2015-16 season on Saturday at the 43rd annual Garret Penn State Open. Competing against the likes of Ohio State, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Johns Hopkins, Harvard, Temple, Brown, and Yale -- Penn put together several promising efforts to begin the season.
The Quakers’ top performer was Arabella Uhry, who finished fifth on sabre. The sophomore rolled to the championship round as the top seed. She then took down Temple’s Blessing Olaode in the first round, 15-5, before falling to Alexa Antipas of Ohio State, 15-6.
The sabre squad offered the most success for Penn on Saturday, with both Kathryn Khaw and Shriya Joshi joining Uhry in the championship round. Khaw placed 10th, while Joshi finished 14th.
Katherine Sizov advanced out of pool play on epee and defeated the top seed, Penn State’s Nicolette Vigna, 15-9, in the first round. Sizov earned an eighth-place finish.
Stephanie Wolf also advanced out of pool play on epee, finishing 12th overall.
Other top-20 finishers for Penn included Simone Unwalla (18th) on foil, and Dana Kong (19th) on sabre.
The Quakers will be back in action next weekend at their first North American Cup of the season in Kansas City, Mo.