PHILADELPHIA — The No. 9 Temple fencing team will open the playoffs at the NIWFA Championships on March 5, as the Owls seek to win their 26th straight title at Drew University.
Temple concluded the double play with a 24-14 record, earning nine wins over ranked opponents. The team outscored No. 15 Johns Hopkins 20-7 at the Temple Invitational last weekend, going 2-3 on aggregate. Ashley Cherry led the epee team with a 7-3 mark, while the sabrist by Emma Pincus The 8-4 record led the team. Marguerite Calderaro (epee) posted a 3-0 mark against No. 7 Penn State and Naomi Ross (epee) went 3-0 against No. 1 Princeton.
At the last NIWFA Championships, the Cherry and White won the tag team title, individual titles, and weapon titles. It was the first time since 2015 that Temple had swept the weapon titles and the first time since 2014 that the team had swept the individual titles. Calderaro is the defending epee champion while Zoe Turner currently holds the saber title. Pincus and Cassie Navalta (foil) each tied for third in their respective weapons to complete the podiums, with three other owls earning All-NIWFA honors.
The NIWFA Championships are the first of three postseason events for Temple, with a game in Madison, NJ, slated to begin at 9 a.m.