Filipina fencing recruit Samantha Catantan finished with an unbeaten record to help the Penn State University women’s team claim a near-perfect performance in their second encounter during the recent Temple University Invitational.
Catantan, a medallist in last year’s Southeast Asian Games, joined her teammates with the Nittany Lions in posting a 3-1 win-loss record over the Temple University Owls during the finals at the Owls’ home grounds in Philadelphia.
This will help the Nittany Lions get ready for their coming campaign in the 2021 season of the US NCAA Division 1.
According to the University’s official website, the Nittany Lions picked up their first triumph over North Carolina 19-8, before routing St. John’s 24-3.
The John Glon-mentored PSU women’s team then fenced with the Temple University Lady Owls twice, first beating the host Owls in Round One, 18-9, before losing in Round Four, 11-16.
Catantan, Ukrainian teammate Kateryna Chorniy, Italian bet Lodovica Bicego and French rookie Pauline Conscience each had three straight wins out of three encounters in two of their four duals.
Their good showing allowed the Nitanny Lions women’s team to close out the 2021 dual season at 7-3 overall.
Meanwhile, the men’s team went undefeated after sweeping all four of their duals.
The Lions defeated North Carolina, 17-10, and St. John’s 17-10, and ended their stint 6-3 overall.
Their title defense in division 1 of the US NCAA is next.
And if organizers will let the 2021 Championships take place, Penn State will most likely serve as the host venue from March 25 to 28.