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Women's Fencing Succeeds at Penn State

Lucy Friedmann. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Lucy Friedmann. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The Yale women's fencing team demonstrated an extremely competitive edge at its first competition of the season, Penn State's Garret Open. 

Each fencer competed individually, thanks to the unique format of the competition. The foil squad proved especially successful: all four of its members—Sarah Pak, Jenny Zhao, Anna Zhou and Camille Pham—made it to the final direct-elimination round, a tableau of sixteen fencers. The épée and saber squads also had the majority of their members make it all the way through.

Junior foilist Pak, in particular, had a standout performance. Ultimately tying for third place, she won a hard-fought bout against Penn State's Jade Rowland to make it to the semi-finals of her event. Sophomore epéeist Michelle Li also fenced well, defeating Columbia's Kenyata Plenty in a tight 15-14 bout to make it to the round of eight.

"I'm very proud of the team's performance today," Captain Ilana Kamber said. "It bodes extremely well for how the rest of season will go."