It was a very busy weekend for many Penn teams, as Ivy League play is right around the corner. From bouts with Philadephia rivals, to contests against Big 10 foes, here's what went on in Penn sports this weekend.
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At Andy Kerr Stadium in Hamilton, New York, it is hard to miss the big Colgate letter C logo at the 50 yard line. However, when Penn football travels to upstate New York next week to take on the Raiders they will be armed with their own set of Cs, in the form of five captains who will look to make big impacts on and off the field as the Quakers chase an Ivy League title.
After announcing his transfer to Drexel University, Penn men’s basketball senior captain Lucas Monroe — a leader on the court and in the community — will surely be missed, even if he is just moving right across Market Street.
Simon Kushkov made an impression as soon as he stepped on campus in the fall. The freshman won at the Temple Open in October, his first collegiate competition. In the finals, he defeated Columbia’s Colby Harley, who was then ranked the No. 1 junior fencer in the U.S. For the freshman sabrist, the Temple Open was a preview of what was to come. In the regular season, he posted a team-high 55 wins, for a .611 winning percentage, while fencing in 30 of 33 matches. He won all three bouts in nine matches, including in both of Penn's matches against Ohio State, who finished the season fifth nationally, and once against Columbia, who finished fourth.
Penn Relays is arguably Penn’s biggest sporting event. With the bright lights of Franklin Field shining down on Olympians and some of the best high school and college track and field athletes in the world, it is easy to miss the high school talent who represent the future of the sport and, in particular, the future of the Red and Blue.
It’s usually not a good thing when a team splits in two, but this weekend, track and field traveled to two separate meets and returned three program records.
Standings don’t account for moral victories, but for a team that has been struggling all season, Penn softball’s weekend series against Columbia might be a glimmer of hope in an otherwise difficult year.
In sports, there are games that live on in legend. Then there are others that teams hope to bury in the past. This game was the latter. In a matchup between Big 5 rivals, Villanova trounced Penn softball, mercying them in six innings with a score of 8-0.
At the NCAA Fencing National Championships held this past March, Penn men's and women's fencing pulled off its best performance since 2004 — combining to win 117 bouts to take sixth place. At the center of the team's success were two women's foilists, junior Sabrina Cho and sophomore Katina Proestakis Ortiz. Cho finished sixth and was named a second-team All-American after winning 15 bouts, while Proestakis added another 10 to secure fifteenth place.
It was a historic weekend for Penn fencing who had its best showing at the NCAA Championships in nearly 20 years.
Penn baseball's starting catcher Jackson Appel is arguably one of the top catchers in the Ivy League. He was named second team All Ivy last season and has been on fire this season with a .858 OPS and a .316 batting average.
For senior Anna Kalandadze, a trip to Tennessee to compete in the NCAA Division I Women's Swimming and Diving National Championships was well worth it, as the senior finished tenth nationally in the 1650-yard freestyle, good enough for second-team All-American honors.
As fans of Penn swimming and diving scanned the names of those invited to the 2023 NCAA Division I Men’s swimming and diving championship in Minneapolis next week, they might have been surprised by one name missing from the list.
Six-game win streak versus five-game win streak. On top of the Ivy League versus one game back. With four games left in Ivy League play, it was obvious from the start that Yale's trip to the Palestra on Friday night was not one to miss, and the contest lived up to the hype.
While most of Penn's — and America's — attention went west to Arizona for the Super Bowl, Penn fencing headed north to Ithaca, N.Y. for the Ivy League Championships.
Outside of the United States, the game of football commonly refers to players kicking a circular ball with checkered hexagons in hopes of putting it in the back of a net on either side of a field. However, on Jan. 22 in Tokyo, a completely different kind of football was played.
Penn men's basketball will arrive at the Palestra on Saturday with what may prove to be the turning point of their season ahead of them. The Quakers currently stand at 2-4, and have not won a game in conference play since Jan. 7. Even though they currently stand seventh in the Ivy League table, there is a four-way logjam ahead of them at 3-3. A win would put Penn in striking distance of the all-important top four, while a loss would drop the Quakers to 2-5 in-conference and make the second half of the Ivy season that much more difficult.
At 11 p.m. Eastern Time on Jan. 21, many in Philadelphia were rejoicing after the Eagles dominated the New York Giants 38-7. However, halfway across the world, in Tokyo, another game was just getting started: the Ivy League Dream Bowl.
Penn Gymnastics opened their season Jan. 6 with a strong team performance at the Keystone Classic, hosted by the University of Pittsburgh, and also featuring Villanova and Temple.
Senior guard and captain Kayla Padilla was named the Ann Meyers Drysdale National Player of the Week by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association after back-to-back 20-plus point games on Jan. 6 and 7, where Penn defeated Cornell and Columbia, respectively.