The Penn men's and women's fencing teams are returning a slew of Ivy champions, NCAA qualifiers, and many key fencers from last year's men's Ivy title.
But their biggest strength might just be standing on the sideline.
Head coach Andy Ma has had an illustrious career in the world of fencing, and as he enters his seventh year as the head coach of both the men's and women's programs, his . His strength as a coach led him to be named the Ivy League men's fencing Coach of the Year last season.
Ma was able to lead the men's team to its most successful season in recent memory last year, as the team captured its first Ivy League Championship since 2009, several individuals earned All-American Honors, and the team rose to the number one ranking for the first time in program history.
En garde...ready...fencing season!
On Saturday, Penn fencing got its season underway with a strong performance at their home exhibition, the Elite Invitational.
Two top ten football teams collide this Saturday when the Nebraska Cornhuskers travel to Columbus to take on the Ohio State Buckeyes in primetime.
Although that lede might appear to be misplaced in a fencing article, the all-important Big Ten showdown is the reason the Elite Invitational returns to Penn for the second consecutive year instead of alternating to Ohio State.
In its final hurrah of the 2015-16 season, Penn fencing fought through four days of intense competition at NCAA Championships in Waltham, Mass., to take eighth and score 98 points.
The Quakers are entering the home stretch.
The 2015-2016 season has been a rather successful one for Penn Fencing.
The key to success is no days off.
Penn fencing, competing for the third weekend in a row, hit the road for the United States Collegiate Squad Championships, held at rival Princeton's Jadwin Gym.
It was a bittersweet weekend for the Red and Blue.
This past weekend, Penn fencing dominated the arenas of Philadelphia during the Temple Invitational and the Quakers’ very own Philadelphia Invitational.
An Israeli-born fencer, a Canadian and an Ivy champion walk into a bar. And they’re all Shaul Gordon.
The journey for one of Penn men’s fencing captains is far from usual, as the son of an Italian mother, the Israeli-born fencer now calls Richmond, British Columbia, his home.
Make that two-thirds.
This past weekend another Penn team took home a share of a three-way Ivy League title when men’s fencing finished first in the Championship tournament along with Columbia and Princeton.
After some mixed results at the Northwestern Duals, both the No. 3 Penn men’s and No. 9 women’s fencing teams are hoping for positive prospects in Ithaca, N.Y., as the Quakers head to Cornell this weekend to compete in the Ivy League Championships.
The final tune-up before the battle for the Ivy League saw Penn pitted against some of the best the rest of the nation has to offer.
The Red and Blue trekked to South Bend, Ind., on Saturday to compete in the Northwestern Duals.
On the men's side, the No. 3 Quakers dominated, going 5-0.
Oh the weather outside is frightful ... and it is apparently a bit too frightful for the Philadelphia Invitational that Penn Fencing was scheduled to host throughout Saturday and Sunday.
That is the conclusion to the Penn men's fencing squad's team cheer. Perhaps an unusual way to bring the hype, but the Red and Blue (10-1) are shaping up to be anything but ordinary this season.
As many people start their new years with resolutions and hope, the Penn fencing team is following suit in preparation for a trophy-laden 2016.
What’s a story involving swords without three musketeers?
Penn fencing will hope to justify its top-tier status and potentially usurp another fencing powerhouse when it attends the Elite Invitational on Saturday.
Do you dream of representing your nation at the World Cup?
Every athlete knows there’s no “I” in team.
Penn fencing is opening its season, lunging.