Women's Fencing Heads to Regionals

PHILADELPHIA - Members of the women's fencing team look to punch their ticket to the 2011 NCAA Fencing Championships when they fence in the Mid-Atlantic Regional held all day at Drew University on Saturday.

Any fencers who have 18 or more bouts on the season are eligible to compete in the Regional and the Quakers can have a maximum six, two from each weapon, make it through to the NCAA Championships.

The Quakers boast a great deal of experience in sabre, as both senior Danielle Kamis and junior Dominika Franciszkowicz have made multiple appearances in the NCAA Championships and over 100 career victories. This year Kamis is an impressive 55-11, giving her 180 career victories, and also earned a second-team All-Ivy selection a month ago. Franciszkowicz was also a second-team All-Ivy selection this year and fenced her way to 34-16 record in dual action. She was also an honorable mention All-America selection last year.

Junior Laura Paragano leads a relatively young foil group. The captain has a 30-22 record this year and was a second-team All-Ivy selection last year. Freshman Wendy Zhao also has 30 wins on the year and has a chance to earn a trip to the NCAA Championships. Sophomore Aida Abdikulova has just 19 wins this season but fenced her way to the NCAA Championships a year ago.

Penn's epeeists are an impressive 20-2 this season, including a perfect 6-0 mark at this year's Ivy League Championships. Leading the team is senior Stephanie Wheeler, who earned her first first-team All-Ivy selection this year and has reached the NCAA Championships each of the past two seasons. Looking for their first trips to the Championships are sophomore Amrit Bhinder and freshman Gabby Foor. Bhinder is 35-11 this season and is a two-time second-team All-Ivy selection while Foor has won a team-high 36 matches and finished just out of All-Ivy contention this year.