Both fencing teams met with relative success in State College, Pa., with three Penn men earning top-seven finishes and five members of the women’s team placing in the top 20 in their respective weapons.
Despite being riddled by numerous setbacks throughout the 2010 campaign, the Penn fencing team nearly reproduced last year’s seventh-place finish at the NCAA Championships on the season’s final weekend.
The fate of two Quakers will remain undetermined until later this week as the results of Saturday’s NCAA Mid-Atlantic/South Fencing Regional tournament count for only part of the qualifying criteria for NCAA championships.
The Quakers traveled to Cornell to compete in the first part of the two-week Ivy League Championships, where they went 3-1. They will look to show their strengths on their homecourt at Hutchinson Gym next week, when round two of the Ivy Championship will take place.
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.