PHILADELPHIA - It was a near-perfect match for the Penn fencing teams, as they came just one point away from sweeping every team at MIT’s Multi-Meet in Cambridge this weekend.
The women’s team went 4-0, beating MIT 26-1, Boston College 23-4, NYU 21-6 and Brandeis 21-6. The team had several strong performances from individuals in Cambridge. Sophomore Abby Emerson went 12-0 on the day, winning every single one of her matches against all four schools. Sophomore Cassandra Partyka also had a perfect record, going 11-0. Senior Holly Buechel had a strong showing as well, going 10-1, with her only loss a close 5-4 defeat by NYU’s Sam Frons. Senior Eve Overton and sophomore Ilana Sinkin had strong showings in foil, as Overton went 6-0 against her opponents from MIT and Boston College, while Sinkin went 9-0, sweeping her opponents from MIT, Boston College and Brandeis. The women also had some promising performances from their freshmen. Kathryn Anthony went 3-0 in epee against her opponents from MIT, while Alexis Baran went 3-0 in sabre against Brandeis. Tamara Levy, another freshman, went 2-0 against MIT in sabre, a weapon she picked up just this year.
The men’s team came close to sweeping the meet as well, but a 14-13 loss to Brandeis meant they’d go 3-1 on the day. Those three wins came against NYU (17-10), Boston College (18-9), and MIT (18-9). Junior Ron Berkowsky led the men in wins, as he tallied an 11-0 record in foil for the meet. Senior captain Michael Galligan also had a strong performance in foil, as he went 3-0 against his opponents from MIT, Boston College and NYU. Rounding out a sweep in the weapon against MIT, junior Corey Purcell went 3-0 in foil against the host team. Sophomore Matthew Kolasa had one of his best meets of the year, as he went 11-1 on the day in sabre, sweeping his opponents from MIT, Boston College and Brandeis. His only defeat was a 5-3 loss to an NYU fencer. Freshman Andrew Bielen also had a strong showing in sabre, as he went 10-2 overall, going 3-0 against his opponents from MIT and Brandeis. The men had several other good showing from their underclassmen. Sophomore Samuel Monk went 2-1 in epee, against his opponents from Boston College and NYU, while freshman Mario Ponticello went 2-1 against Boston College in foil. Freshmen Christian Pearson and Benjamin Scholom both went 2-1 in epee against NYU.Up next, the Quakers will host the first of two Ivy Round Robins this weekend. They will face-off against Harvard, Cornell, Yale and Princeton this weekend. The meet begins at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 11 in Hutchinson Gym.