This week, an announcement of which Penn fencers have qualified for the NCAA Fencing Championships will be made. The announcement follows the NCAA Mid-Atlantic South Regional, which took place Saturday at Lafayette College.
Saturday morning, the No. 8 Penn men’s fencing team defeated No. 1 Penn State and No. 5 St. John’s at the Temple Invitational before hitting the road with the No. 10 women’s fencing team for the third U.S. Collegiate Weapon Squad Championships hosted by Ohio State on Sunday.
Midway through the season, Penn men’s and women’s fencing seemed to have defined their statuses at the Philadelphia Invitational, held at Temple Saturday, as they went 6-0 and 4-2 on the day, respectively.
Sophomore year in high school, Mills began traveling 45 minutes into Manhattan in order to practice inside the biggest club in the city – the Fencers Club – with the Peter Westbrook Foundation, a nonprofit which mostly works with inner city youth.
The men finished their day in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., undefeated, easily beating North Carolina, Vassar, Sacred Heart and NYU. The women’s sabre team lost to Temple, 5-4, while the epee team beat the Owls, 5-4.
Though seniors Zane Grodman and Vidur Kapur did not win an Ivy title this year — nor any in coach Andy Ma’s three-year tenure — they helped the team come together during a tumultuous period, leaving Ma in excellent position for future seasons.