Women's Fencing Places Third in Three Weapon Competition at IFA's

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Looking to continue on the success of the men’s team on Saturday, the University of Pennsylvania women’s fencing team placed third in the 3-Weapon Team competition on Sunday. Penn totaled 72 victories and fell just one win shy of second place Columbia. The Quakers finished second in the 6-Weapon Team competition in second place with 135 total victories combined between the men’s and women’s team. Harvard finished first tallying 156 victories. The Red and Blue finished second in the foil, third in the saber and fourth place in the epee.

The saber team tied Columbia with 25 wins, but finished in third after the tie-breaker. Cassandra Partyka finished fourth in the A Division with seven victories. In the B Division, captain Katelyn Sherry picked up 10 wins, which was good enough for second place. Cassandra Frey placed third in the C Division with eight victories.

Eve Overton had Penn’s highest finish in the foil, taking second place in the C Division with 10 victories. Abby Emerson and Zoya Abdikulova each had nine wins. Emerson finished third in the A Division and Abdikulova took second in the B.

Freshman Ana Gutierrez-Colina placed second in the epee with eight victories in the C Division. Holly Buechel tied with New York University’s Lauren Willock with seven victories in the A Division. Buechel recorded five more net touches and was rewarded with fifth place. Freshman Kristen Hughes competed in the B Division and finished eighth with four victories.

Buechel took home the Gold Medal in the Individual Women’s Epee competition. Sherry finished second in the saber individual’s and Abdikulova placed fourth in the foil.

At the conclusion of the day, Sherry was voted by her peers as the recipient of the Georges L. Cointe Award. It is given to a fencer at the IFA Championships who best demonstrates the qualities of sportsmanship.