NEW HAVEN, Conn. This upcoming weekend, the Bulldogs are traveling to Philadelphia, PA to compete at the Philadelphia Invitational, hosted by UPenn. The women's fencing team is scheduled to fence against three schools on Saturday afternoon and five schools scattered throughout the day on Sunday.
The Bulldogs have a bye for all three rounds Saturday morning, during which time they will be travelling to the tournament. They will start off in the sixth round against Lafayette at 3:30. In rounds seven and eight, the team will compete against the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) and Sacred Heart University (SHU) at 4:45 and 6:00 respectively. Each round is estimated to last approximately an hour and a half.
On Sunday, the team will be up for an early match against Notre Dame (ND) before enjoying a break until the 1:00 lineup against Wayne in the fourth round. Following Wayne, the Bulldogs compete against Penn, NYU, and Northwestern at 2:15, 3:30, and 4:45 respectively.
Upon the conclusion of this two-day tournament, the Bulldogs will have fenced a total of eight schools: Lafayette, NJIT, SHU, ND, Wayne, Penn, NYU, and Northwestern. The only team that will be a repeat from the 2018 Philadelphia Invitational is Northwestern, against whom the Bulldogs are excited to avenge a very close 13-14 loss. Last year, the Bulldogs lost to Penn at the Ivy League Round Robins, another score they eagerly await the chance to overturn.
Overall, the team is coming to the Philadelphia Invitational with renewed focus after several close losses the previous weekend. After some intense strategizing and highly intentional practice over the week, the Bulldogs expect to rebound.
report by Jacqueline Hayre-Pérez '21, Yale Sports Publicity