PHILADELPHA - The Quakers were within striking distance of a second place finish on Sunday, however a defeat at the hands of Columbia in the final match of the day assured the Red and Blue of a third place finish.
Penn went 1-1 at Hutchinson Gym on Sunday and 4-2 overall, to take third, an improvement onlast year's 3-3 mark. The Quakers had a trio of fencers named second team All-Ivy, with one in each weapon. Freshman Amrit Bhinder finished 12-6 in epee for her nod, while sophomore Laura Paragano took her All-Ivy nod in foil. Sophomore Dominika Franciszkowicz all earned second-team All-Ivy honors in sabre, finishing the afternoon with a 14-4 overall mark.
The Red and Blue took care of business versus the Bears, beating them 19-8. Penn won all three weapons, sabre 8-1, foil 6-3 and epee 5-4 on the way to victory. Franciszkowicz and junior Danielle Kamis both went 3-0 in sabre, as did Aida Abdikulova in foil. In epee Bhinder finished with a perfect mark as well.
Against Columbia the Quakers didn't have as much success, falling in a close battle with the Lions, 16-11. Columbia took sabre 8-1 and epee 5-4, while Penn was able to capture foil 6-3. Stephanie Wheeler was the lone Red and Blue fencer to go perfect against Columbia, as she finished 3-0 in Epee against the Lions.
Penn returns to action a week from Saturday when a good portion of the team will head to Drew University for the NCAA regionals and the chance at an appearance in the NCAA Championships.