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Feb. 25, 2012
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - The men's and women's fencing teams traveled to Philadelphia this weekend, Sat. 25 to compete in the Temple Invitational. Both teams faired well ending the day with a combined record 3-3.
The women saw the greatest success against Temple who they defeated 20-7. They went 7-2 in both the saber and epee and 6-3 in the foil. The epee and foil led the team against Duke defeating the Blue Devils 7-2 and 6-3, respectively. They dropped the saber 4-5. Princeton was the only team to hand the Nittany Lions defeat with a close final score of 12-15. The epee fencers were the only ones to win their weapon with a record of 6-3. The saber and foil went 4-5 and 2-7.
The men struggled throughout the day more than the women. Princeton edged them out by one point with a final score of 13-14 while UPenn outscored them 15-12. The team managed to defeat Duke in another close bout with a final score of 14-13.
Individually senior Monika Aksamit had a solid day in the women's saber finishing 6-3. Junior Daniel Gomez Tanamachi also had a strong individual campaign ending the day 7-1 in the men's foil. Both Aksamit and Gomez Tanamachi are continually strong performers for the Nittany Lions.
Next up the Nittany Lions will compete in the Mid-Atlantic/South NCAA Regional's. The event will take place on March 10 and will act as the qualifier for the NCAA Championship Tournament.