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Honors in Athletics

Penn has a long line of championships in competitions that don't always grab the headlines in the daily sports section. Here are three additions to the roster.

Fencing: All-American Quakers

Penn placed three fencers in the top ranks--and in All American status-- at the 1998 NCAA Fencing Championships at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana, last month.

Freshman Michael Golia finished second in the men's sabre competition.

In the men's foil competition, 1997 NCAA Men's Foil Champion Cliff Bayer was in line to defend his title, but teammate Yaron Roth moved ahead. Mr. Bayer's second place also made him All American.

As a team, Penn finished sixth with 89 points throughout the three-day event.

Wrestling: Third EIWA Win

Penn has won the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Championship for the third consecutive year. 1997 All-American and NCAA finalist Brandon Slay and Steve Walker led the way with individual championships.

Mr. Walker won the 126-pound title at the Ivy Kickoff, Keystone Classic and Penn State, while placing fifth at Midlands.

Mr. Slay received the Fletcher Award for most career points scored, is ranked No. 3 in the Amateur Wrestling and he is Penn's all-time "winningest" wrestler, according to DRIA's information officer. On March 24, Mr. Slay was unanimously selected as the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association Wrestler of the Year, as voted by the 12 EIWA coaches.

Record-Breaking in Gymnastics

Early in March, when the Penn Gymnastics Team won its second consecutive Ivy title--with an Ivy Classic record score of 187.350--it was the fifth such title in the past eight years for Coach Tom Kovic's teams. Then, on March 21, the Quakers won Penn's first-ever ECAC Championship with an all-time school scoring record of 190.575. This also made Penn the first Ivy League school ever to win an ECAC title. (The Eastern College Athletic Conference includes Brown, Cornell, James Madison, Northeastern, Penn, William and Mary, Yale, and Vermont.)

On the Beam: Senior tri-captain Kathleen Gunn (above) and sophomore Becky Nadler (right) are part of the championship Quaker team.

Almanac, Vol. 44, No. 28, April 7, 1998