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Junior Alejandra Trumble finished in 29th place out of 136 competitors in the epee.

Credit: Thomas C Weishaar , Thomas C Weishaar

What’s a story involving swords without three musketeers?

This weekend, Penn fencing sent three of its finest to Baltimore, Md., for the December edition of the North American Cup. Junior Alejandra Trumble and the freshman pair of Simone Unwalla and Julian Merchant competed in epee, foil and sabre, respectively.

After a headline-snatching sweep of the Elite Invitational a fortnight ago, the three carried high expectations with them to Baltimore, but they are also riding on high momentum after such a feel-good performance in Philly two weeks prior.

And while Merchant will not finish his bouts in Baltimore until tonight, the two female delegates from the Red and Blue have returned home having claimed quite a few scalps.

Trumble finished in 29th place out of 136 competitors in the epee, while Unwalla enjoyed a stellar series of duels, ending her endeavor in the foil section in seventh place out of 110 contestants.

Meanwhile, the third combatant for Penn is seeking to fight his way to the top of a highly competitive field of over 100 men in the Division I sabre category.

Merchant is hoping to make it three for three successful showings at this North American Cup for the Quakers. The freshman from New York will likewise be looking to make his name for the Red and Blue at his first major opportunity to do so.

If he can follow the footsteps of his fellow fencers, it can be one for all in terms of another positive weekend for the Quakers.

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