Despite losing to the Nittany Lions, both the men and women were able to register victories over fellow guests Duke, Haverford and North Carolina in their first action of the semester.
The Invitational promises tough competition for fencing as the Quakers take on a handful of teams — in addition to powerhouse Penn State — in the first in a long string of dual meets.
The region is the lifeblood of both Penn fencing and the school’s student body, as fencing has historically been most popular in the Northeast.
Penn women’s fencing consists only of 14 members, four on the foil squad. With the top three competing in team competitions, every person really matters.
The men finished their day in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., undefeated, easily beating North Carolina, Vassar, Sacred Heart and NYU. The women’s sabre team lost to Temple, 5-4, while the epee team beat the Owls, 5-4.
Penn hopes to have a strong start in its first regular season tournament as they travel to Poughkeepsie, N.Y., for the Vassar Invitational.
As one of just three seniors on the squad, captain Evan Prochniak has stepped up to assume a leadership role on the men’s fencing team.
The University is currently renovating the nearly century-old Hutchinson Gym, long-time home of practice facilities for the gymnastics, fencing, rowing and wrestling teams.
Penn’s sophomore sabre, who finished 16th at last weekend’s NCAA Fencing Championships in Columbus, Ohio, was introduced to the sport by his father, Robert, an All-Ivy fencer at Columbia.
In her debut appearance at the NCAA Championships, freshman Lunoa Wang became Penn’s first women’s fencer to appear in a championship bout since Jane Hall in 1986.
Though seniors Zane Grodman and Vidur Kapur did not win an Ivy title this year — nor any in coach Andy Ma’s three-year tenure — they helped the team come together during a tumultuous period, leaving Ma in excellent position for future seasons.
Men’s and women’s fencing teams took on a draining NCAA Regional Tournament Saturday, but came out with 10 fencers headed to the NCAA Championships.
This year, only the men repeated their success, securing the number one spot, while the women came in fourth out of the 18 competing teams.
Come Sunday, both the men’s and women’s squads will wipe away any memories of the Ivy Championships and begin preparations for the NCAA Championships with a trip to New York for the U.S. Collegiate Weapon Squad Championships.
Dave Micahnik had an effect on Penn fencing: 722 career wins, 22 Ivy titles. Both his 1981 men’s team and his 1986 women’s team won the national championship.
After suffering a boxing injury while in the Navy, Randy LaMaster turned to fencing as an alternative combat sport. What started as a hobby soon became a career for the current assistant coach of Penn’s fencing team.
Five-time Serbian national fencing champion Mickey Zeljkovic was introduced to the wheelchair version of his sport as a coach in his home country and it has become his passion.
The men’s squad entered the tournament as a favorite, but lost to the Crimson in their first match Saturday, 14-13, ending their chance at an undefeated season. The women fell to a similar fate.
Undefeated and the only team to knock off No. 1 Penn State, the Penn men’s fencing team will enter this weekend’s Ivy League tournament confident but cautious.
One week after Penn men’s fencing pulled a surprise upset over No. 1 Penn State, the team returned to action on Saturday at the Eric Sollee Invitational.
As opposed to the Penn State Invitational, where the Quakers squared off against three top-10 teams, none of the five teams they will be facing at the Eric Sollee Invitational — Brandeis, MIT, NYU, Boston College or Brown — are currently ranked.
Despite Penn’s long and distinguished sports history, few of its teams have claimed an NCAA championship trophy of its own.
After two months without a tournament, the men’s and women’s fencing teams bounced back into form as they competed in the Philadelphia Invitational held at Hutchinson Gym.
Freshman Luona Wang and Wendy Zhao attended Vestavia Hills High School in Alabama and have fenced together for ten years.
Historically, reaching the round of 16 at the Penn State Open, has been a strong predictor of qualification for the NCAA Championships.