UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – It was an exciting Saturday in the White Building for the University of Pennsylvania women’s fencing team, as the Quakers went 4-1 at the Penn State Invitational. The Red and Blue defeated Haverford, Temple, North Carolina, and last year’s National Champions Penn State; the lone loss was by one point to Ivy rival Columbia.
Round 1: Haverford, W 27-0
Round 2: Columbia, L 13-14
Round 3: Temple, W 15-12
Round 4: PSU, W 17-10
Round 5: UNC, W 16-11
The foil squad went 5-0 on the day, winning 34 bouts, and have now won eight duals in-a-row this season for an 8-1 record. Sophomore Cassidy Seidl recorded the most wins, going 11-4, and scored a perfect 3-0 against both Haverford and UNC. Senior Sarah Parmacek went 2-0 against PSU and 2-1 against Columbia, which helped her finish the day with the best winning percentage and a 9-2 record. Fellow senior Luona Wang also recorded nine wins, going 9-3 with 2-0 marks against Haverford and Temple. Freshman Sabrina Elkassas competed on the strips for the first time in her collegiate career, collecting a 2-2 record on the day. Rounding out the foil team is senior Rachel Chin, who went 3-0 on the day with a 1-0 score against PSU.
A total of 26 bouts were won by the epee squad, which went 2-3. The team consisted of the same three against each school: sophomore Alejandra Trumble, freshman Caroline Sands, and freshman Stephanie Wolf. Both Trumble and Sands were 8-7 on the day, while Wolfe finished with a 10-5 mark. Each of the three fencers went 3-0 against Haverford for a perfect 9-0 mark.
Going 3-2 on the day, the sabre squad totaled 28 bout wins. Sophomore Catherine Hua and senior Susan Contess each contributed a win against Haverford to help the team earn a perfect 9-0 mark, but sophomore Dana Kong, sophomore Shriya Joshi, and freshman Arabella Uhry fenced as the primary three. At the end of the day, Uhry won the most bouts and recorded the best winning percentage -- out of the three -- with an 11-3 record, including a 3-0 mark against Temple and 2-0 score against Haverford. Joshi also went 3-0 against Temple in addition to going 3-0 against Haverford for a 9-6 overall record, while Kong went a perfect 3-0 against PSU and added a 2-0 mark against Haverford to finish the day 6-8.
Penn returns to action next weekend when the Quakers host the Philadelphia Invitational -- their only home event of the season. The women will fence on Saturday Jan. 24 and the men will fence on Sunday Jan. 25.
Individual Results from Weekend
Download: ROUND 2 Penn Results.pdf