STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – The University of Pennsylvania women’s fencing team wrapped up bouting, finishing strong at the Garret Penn State Open. Penn was represented by a total of 13 fencers on Saturday.
In a series of three rounds in each weapon, nine of the women scored high enough to advance to the final round and fence in a Table of 16.
Seeding for the fourth round in foil saw sophomore Cassidy Seidl sitting in fourth with 37 total touches. Senior captain Sarah Parmacek and senior Rachel Chin were seeded in 11 and 12, respectively. In the table, Parmacek was the lone Quaker to win, defeating Miranda Litzinger of Temple – the number 6 seed – by a score of 9-6. In the Table of 8, Parmacek fell to OSU’s Eleanor Harvey, 15-6. Harvey went on to win the tournament.
During round three of epee, freshman Stephanie Wolf, sophomore Alejandra Trumble, and sophomore Gleeson Ryan were forced to fence each other in the round-robin table of five. Trumble came away with wins against both of her teammates, while Wolf defeated Ryan, 5-3. Trumble and Wolf advanced to the final round with sophomore Aleina Edwards. By the end, Wolf finished 5, Edwards 7, and Trumble T9.
It wasn’t until the sabre Table of 16 when two members of the Red and Blue would fence each other. While freshman Arabella Uhry (12) bouted with Yale’s Joanna Lew (5), sophomores Shriya Joshi (11) and Dana Kong (6) took the strip for a dual. Kong was victorious, winning 15-8, and the tacked on another win after defeating the No. 3 seed Lauren Altman of Brown, 15-10. She was stopped by UNC’s Gill Litysnki (7), and Kong finished the tournament tied for third with Allison Barry of Notre Dame. Joshi and Uhry finished back-to-back, placing 12 and 13, respectively.
Penn will return to competition in the New Year when the Quakers return to State College for the Penn State Invitational on January 17.