Prochniak competed in the sabre division, battling a field of 157 competitors. His fifth-place finish secured him a spot on the 2010 U.S. Junior Fencing National Team, which will participate in the 2010 World Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan.
While Penn won’t be sending any student athletes to Vancouver, freshman Evan Prochniak will be the sole representative for the Penn fencing program at this year’s Junior Olympics.
After both the men’s and women’s teams won all five of their matches last year at the Brandeis/MIT Eric Sollee Invitational, Penn fencing is hoping for a repeat performance.
The men’s fencing team hopes to replicate last year’s perfect season at the Philadelphia Invitational on Jan. 10, while the women’s team looks to build on last year’s 14-5 season as well.
At the two-day tournament — the largest individual collegiate meet in the nation — the Quakers faced 29 other opponents including host Temple, Penn State and Notre Dame.