PHILADELPHIA – Penn opened its 2009 women’s fencing season on Saturday with four dual meets in Hutchinson Gym. The Quakers finished the day with a 3-1 record, defeating Fairleigh Dickinson (25-2), North Carolina (21-6) and Sacred Heart (22-5). The Red and Blue competed hard with Northwestern, but was defeated by the Wildcats, 15-12.
Penn controlled the majority of the match with FDU, sweeping all nine bouts in both sabre and epee. FDU was able to win two bouts in foil, but Penn still won seven matches for the final 25-2 margin of victory. Freshman Dominika Franciskowicz was 3-0 in her sabre bouts against the Knights.
Penn’s second dual of the day was against the Tar Heels and the Quakers used a perfect 9-0 mark against UNC to propel them to a 21-6 victory. Freshman Laura Paragano was 3-0 against the Heels as was Tamara Levy. Captain Ilana Sinkin was 2-0 and sophomore Diana Ark picked up the final win in foil for the Red and Blue.
The meet with Northwestern came down to epee as both teams picked up 7-2 wins in the early stages of the meet. Penn captured sabre while Northwestern was victorious in foil. The ‘Cats won three bouts in a row to turn a 3-1 lea into a 6-1 advantage. Wins from Kathryn Anthony and Stephanie Wheeler closed the gap, but could not win the match for Penn.
In the final dual of the day, Penn fenced Sacred Heart, 22-5. The Quakers started the match with a pair of 7-2 wins in sabre and foil. Freshman Noelle Tay went 3-0 in sabre to lead the way for Penn. Danielle Kamis was 2-0 in sabre and Levy went 2-0 in foil. Sophomore Jenna Stahl was 3-0 in epee for the Red and Blue as was Kristen Hughes.
The Quakers are back in action on Jan. 25 at the Princeton Multi-Meet. The men’s team opens its season on Sunday at 10 a.m. in Hutchinson Gym with the Penn Multi-Meet.