PHILADELPHIA The women’s fencing team came just two wins away from a championship at IFA’s this year. Penn’s three-weapon team finished in second place overall, with 76 wins, just two victories behind champion Harvard’s 78. The Red and Blue’s six-weapon team finished third overall, behind Columbia and the overall champions, Harvard.
The women’s foil squad was the team highlight for the Quakers, as they brought home the gold medal in their event, taking first place with 28 total wins. Sophomore Abby Emerson finished second in the A Division with nine wins, sophomore Ilana Sinkin came in first in the B Division, with ten team wins, and senior Eve Overton placed third in the C group, with nine wins.
Penn’s sabre team almost earned a gold medal of their own, as they finished in second place, with 27 wins, just one victory behind Columbia. Senior Katelyn Sherry placed third in the Sabre A Division, with eight wins in the team competition. Sophomore Cassandra Partyka finished second in the B Division, with eight wins of her own, and freshman Alexis Baran came in first in the C division, with 11 victories.
The women’s epee squad also did well, as they finished in third place, with 21 wins. Senior Holly Buechel finished seventh in the A division with five wins, while freshman Kathryn Anthony came in third in the B group with seven wins, and sophomore Kristen Hughes came in second in the C group, with nine wins.
The Red and Blue had several top finishers in the individual competition.
Senior Katelyn Sherry brought home the bronze medal in the individual sabre competition. In the first round, she beat teammate Alexis Baran, 15-8, to advance. In the quarterfinals, she beat Harvard’s Eva Rosenberg, 15-6, and then lost in the semifinals to Harvard’s Alexa Weingarden, 15-14. In the bronze medal match, she beat Cornell’s Alexandra Heiss, 15-9. Sophomore Cassandra Partyka finished 11th overall, after losing in the first round to BC’s Jane Leahy, 15-13. Freshman Baran finished 14th overall.
In foil, sophomore Abby Emerson brought home the silver medal, as she finished second in the individual competition. In the first round, she too faced one of her own teammates, senior Eve Overton. Emerson won, 15-7, to advance to the next round. Against Yale’s Alisa Mendelohn in the quarterfinals, Emerson won, 15-10. In the semifinals, she beat Columbia’s Kathleen Reckling, 15-8, to advance to the championship bout. There, she lost to Harvard’s Misha Goldfelder, 15-6, to finish in second. Sophomore Ilana Sinkin finished sixth overall. In the first round she beat Yale’s Lidia Gocheva, 15-12, before losing to Goldfelder, the eventual champion in the second round, 15-5. Overton finished 15th overall.
In epee, Penn’s best individual performance came from freshman Kathryn Anthony, who finished eighth overall. In the first round of the competition, she upset Cornell’s Tasha Hall, 15-12, to advance to the quarter finals. There, she lost to Erin McGarry from Princeton, 15-11. Senior Holly Buechel finished tenth overall, after losing in the first round to the eventual gold medalist, Jasmine McGlade from Harvard, 15-9. And sophomore Kristen Hughes came in 15th overall, after losing to Harvard’s Maria Larsson, 15-7.
The women’s fencing team will look to capture more glory for their team, as several members of the squad qualified for the NCAA Championships. The Quakers will travel to Madison, N.J. on March 22, in hopes of repeating their success.