Temple competed in its second event of the month at Sunday’s Penn State Invitational in State College, Pennsylvania. The Owls went 4-2 on the day, with both losses against ranked opponents.
The Owls fell 16-11 to Columbia University, the defending national champion. Sophomore epee Ally Micek and senior epee Alexandra Keft, who was 7-2 on the day, went 2-1 against the Lions. Sophomore foil Auset Muhammad won the only two bouts for the foil squad against Columbia, which won 7-2 in foil.
The foil squad went 27-9 against the Owls’ next four opponents. The foil squad went undefeated in Temple’s 25-2 win against Haverford College and 6-3 against each of Temple’s next three opponents. Freshman foils Alexa Prasher and Kennedy Lovelace, who went 11-7 on Sunday, each posted a 2-1 record in Temple’s 14-13 win against Yale University. The foil squad went 6-3, and senior Victoria Suber and sophomore Blessing Olaode both went 2-1 to help the sabre squad go 5-4 against the Bulldogs.
Foil’s 6-3 record against Penn State couldn’t prevent a 14-13 loss to the host Nittany Lions, who are ranked one spot above the Owls. The sabre squad went 3-6 against Penn State.
The sabre and epee squads both had strong performances against Duke University, combining for 13 points in Temple’s 16-11 win. Sophomore epee Quinn Duwelius and freshman Camille Simmons both won seven bouts on the day. Freshman sabre Malia Hee, who won nine matches, went a perfect 3-0 against the Blue Devils.
Temple will face Cornell University, Northwestern University, Sacred Heart University, Duke University and host University of Pennsylvania at Saturday’s Philadelphia Invitational.
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