PHILADELPHIA - Members of the Penn women's fencing team seek to earn spots in the NCAA Fencing Championships when they take part in the NCAA Regionals held at Drew University on Saturday.
Nine Quakers will make the trip to Drew in hopes of solidifying a spot at the upcoming NCAA Championships on March 25-28. There are seven automatic berths each in men's foil, men's saber, women's epee and women's foil, and six auto berths in men's epee and women's saber. In addition, two at-large berths per weapon will be awarded across the country's four regions.A school can have a maximum 12 competitors at the NCAA finals, with two per weapon. Once on the national stage, each fencer will duel the other 23 competitors in his or her weapon, with each win counting for a team point toward the combined men's-women's championship.
In epee, the Quakers will be represented by freshman Amrit Bhinder, junior Stephanie Wheeler and junior Diana Ark. Freshman Aida Abdikulova, sophomore Laura Paragano and Abigail Denburg will fence foil, while sophomore's Dominika Franciszkowicz and Noelle Tay and junior Danielle Kamis will fence sabre.
In the team's most recent action, Penn finished third at the Ivy League Championships. At the conclusion of the Championships, three different Quakers were named second-team All-Ivy. Bhinder went 12-6 in epee to earn All-Ivy honors, while Paragano went 12-6. Franciskowicz had the most wins of any Red and Blue fencer, with 14-4 mark in sabre.
Results will be posted when available.