Women's Fencing Wins Five on Sunday

Boston, Mass. - The Quakers scored at least 20 bout victories in four different matches on Sunday, as they finished with 5-1 mark at the Eric Sollee Invitational at MIT.

Senior Danielle Kamis earned the most victories of any Penn fencer, going 17-1 overall in sabre. Three other Quakers won at least ten bouts, including freshmen Gabby Foor in epee (12-3) and Wendy Zhao (12-3) in foil. Junior captain Laura Paragano also fenced will, finishing with a 10-4 mark overall.

The Red and Blue opened the day win a 21-6 victory over Brandeis. Epee was perfect as five different fencers won a bout and sabre won 5-4 behind three victories from Kamis. Foil took seven of nine bouts behind three victories from sophomore Aida Abdiukulova and two apiece from Paragano and Zhao.

Taking on third-ranked Harvard, epee earned the only victory, taking five bouts, with two coming from sophomore Amrit Bhinder and Foor. Sabre lost 6-3 while foil won just a pair of bouts for the 17-10 final.

The Quakers rebounded with a 20-7 win over MIT, as foil was perfect and had four different fencers win a bout, highlighted by three from Zhao. Foor, freshman Lisa Dawes and senior Diana Ark all went 2-1 in epee and sabre took five bouts to complete the scoring.

Penn kept rolling in their next match, dispatching of NYU 23-4. Epee was perfect for the second time, with the trio of Foor, Dawes and Ark all winning three. Sabre had six victories, with three coming from Kamis, and foil finished with an 8-1 mark, aided by three bout wins from Paragano and Zhao.

Boston College was no match for the Quakers in their fifth round of action, losing 20-7. Foil and sabre both won 6-3 while epee dispatched the Eagles with eight bout victories. Bhinder was 3-0 in epee and Kamis and Dominika Franciszkowicz equaled that mark in sabre. Zhao and Paragano both went 2-1 in foil.

In the team's final action of the afternoon, the Red and Blue beat Ivy foe Brown 16-11. Sabre and epee won 7-2 and 6-3 respectively while foil lost 6-3. Despite the loss Zhao went 2-1 in foil and Bhinder and Kamis each went 3-0 in epee and sabre.

The Quakers hope to use this weekend's performance as a stepping stone for the Ivy Championships this Saturday and Sunday.