STATE COLLEGE, Pa.
- Freshman Safa Ibrahim
had the top finish of the day for the nationally ranked Temple fencing team, tying for third in epee at the Penn State Garret Open on Saturday. Ibrahim has now placed in the top five in all three meets she has competed in since arriving at Temple.
The meet breakdown had all those in the top 16 advancing to the semifinals, while those with top eight finishes were finalists.
Head coach Nikki Franke
is pleased to see improvement in the three weeks since the Temple Open, but knows the Owls can still continue to improve as they head towards the dual meet season.
"The meet today gave everyone a chance to get a good amount of fencing in," she said, "and we did see improvement in some things but there is more to work on. Overall, we're pleased to see the results of what we've been focusing on in practice."
The foil team got a sixth-place finish from squad leader and junior Fatima Largaespada
, while sophomore Miranda Litzinger
placed 10th and junior Demi Antipas
Also placing 10th was team captain and sabre squad leader Lauren Rangel-Friedman
, followed closely by sophomore Victoria Suber
in 11th place. Junior Gloria Aguilar
Two others had top-15 finishes in epee in addition to Ibrahim, as junior and squad leader Jessica Hall
tied for 12th, and sophomore Noelle Baptiste
Franke said it's been great to see what Ibrahim has been able to accomplish, and also made note of Suber's performances.
"Safa works hard and is very coachable, and she's doing an excellent job," said Franke. "It's nice to see her showing consistency in her results. Victoria has really improved and is also showing that consistency, which is great to see."
The Owls' next meet will have them competing in their first dual meets of the season, as they travel to Sacred Heart on Sunday, Dec. 7. With 699 career wins to date, Franke will look for the Owls to give her win number 700 and then some as they face Sacred Heart, Harvard, NYU and Vassar.