Women's Fencing Wins Two at Ivy Round Robin

PROVIDENCEPenn picked up two wins on the second day of Ivy round robins, defeating Cornell, 16-11, and Yale 21-6. Sandwiched between those two wins was a loss to eventual Ivy champion, Harvard, 15-12.

At the conclusion of the meet, Penn had four women named second-team All-Ivy. The fencers honored for their performance during Ivy competition include sabre fencers Danielle Kamis and Dominika Franciskowicz as well as foilists Laura Paragano and Mia Howell. Three of the four honored are freshmen while Kamis, a sophomore, earned her second All-Ivy berth in two seasons.

The Quakers opened the day with the win over Cornell. Penn had success in sabre and foil, claiming a 7-2 advantage in both weapons. Kamis won all three of her bouts against the Big Red in sabre while Paragano and Ilana Sinkin each went 3-0 in foil.

Against the Crimson, Penn had the advantage in two weapons, but it was Harvard’s 7-2 edge in epee that proved to be the difference in the match. The Quakers won five of nine bouts in both sabre and foil with Franciskowicz and Howell each winning three bouts against Harvard. Kristen Hughes and Kathryn Anthony picked up the wins in epee for Penn.

The Quakers closed out the regular season with a 21-6 win over Yale. Penn won all three weapons over the Bulldogs. In sabre, perfect 3-0 meets from Kamis and Franciskowicz paced Penn to a 7-2 edge. Foil saw the Red and Blue win eight bouts to Yale’s one. Paragano and Sinkin both won all three of their bouts while Howell added two wins. In epee, Penn outscored Yale. 6-3, with two wins from Anthony, Hughes and Stephanie Wheeler.

The Quakers are back on the strips Feb. 28 in Waltham, Mass. for the IFA Championships. Penn is the defending champion at the event.