Mary Jane O’Neill was the first Pennsylvania woman fencer to represent the United States in the Olympic Games, in 1988 in Seoul and again in 1992 in Barcelona.


O’Neill was a three-time all-Ivy League selection in foil (1984-1986), and a three-time first team All-American (1983-85), and was the NCAA individual champion as a sophomore in 1984.  As a senior captain, she also led the 1986 team to the NCAA team championship, the first by a Pennsylvania women’s varsity team.


Following her senior year, O’Neill was the recipient of the Fathers Award, given annually to Pennsylvania’s outstanding senior woman student-athlete.