PHILADELPHIA – Making the most of the final home meet of the season, the University of Pennsylvania women’s fencing team produced a 4-1 record on Sunday at the Philadelphia Invitational. The Quakers picked up wins over Johns Hopkins (19-8), Duke (14-13), North Carolina (14-13), and Sacred Heart (17-10). Penn’s lone loss came at the hands of No. 5 Northwestern by a tally of 17-10.
Although all weapons performed strongly, it was the epee group that proved to be especially clutch on Sunday -- notching triumphs in both of Penn’s one-point wins over Duke (6-3) and UNC (5-4). Alejandra Trumble -- the Ivy champion on epee --went 7-2, while Katherine Sizov and Stephanie Wolf combined for 10 triumphs. Wolf and Trumble had Penn’s lone points against Northwestern.
Kathryn Khaw posted a 9-3 record on saber, while Shriya Joshi finished with a mark of 4-2. Catherine Hua went 3-0 in the win over against Johns Hopkins.
The foil team, led by Cassidy Seidl, was the only weapon to enjoy a win over Northwestern (5-4). Seidl went a perfect 3-0 versus the fifth-ranked Wildcats, and finished the day at 7-2 overall. Not far behind were Simone Unwalla and Naomi Popkin, who each finished the competition with identical 9-5 records.
The Quakers will hit the strips again next Sunday, traveling to Princeton for the United States Collegiate Squad Championships.