Penn State Men's and Women's Fencers Head to Philadelphia This Weekend for the Temple Open
UNIVERSITY PARK, PA.-- November 12, 2008: Head coach Emmanuil Kaidanov and the Penn State men's and women's fencers will be headed to Philadelphia for the Temple Open this weekend. Action will begin on Saturday with women competing at 7:30 a.m. and will conclude with men on Sunday starting at 7:30 a.m. The Temple Open will be held in McGonigle Arena in Philadelphia, PA.
After almost a complete sweep at the Garret Open Penn State will look to continue their winning streak this weekend. After placing first in epee, freshman Nina Westman (Kalmar, Sweden) will play a vital role in Penn State's success this weekend. Along with Westman, Keri Byerts (Webster, N.Y.) and Anastasia Ferdman (Maalot, Israel) will fight for a top spot in epee.
Allison Glasser (Piedmont, Calif.) who placed second in foil at the Garret Open will look to capitalize this weekend in Philadelphia. Right ahead of Glasser, placing first was teammate Doris Willette (Lafayette, Calif.) who will be vying for another perfect season.
On the men's side, junior Dan Bak (Franklin Lakes, N.J.) who placed first in saber, junior Nick Chinman (Boulder, Colo.) who placed first in foil, and junior Max Dettlinger (Louisville, Ky.) who placed first in epee will all be putting up a tough battle for first this weekend in all events. Along with these three juniors, freshman Aleksander Ochocki (Clark, N.J.) will be looking to change his third place finish at the Garret Open into a first place finish at the Temple Open.
Penn State men's and women's fencers will be off for two weekends and then will head to Vassar on December 6.