RANKINGS


COLLEGE FENCING 360.com


CF360 is the official home for the national college fencing poll. The official name of the rankings is the CollegeFencing360.com Fencing Coaches Poll. The first poll of 2012 was released on Jan. 19, with the second 2012 poll released in mid-February while the final poll will appear in early March (after the 2102 NCAA regionals). An assortment of archived polls from previous years and historical notes on the USFCA poll are included below (to be expanded in the future) ... scroll down for polls in reverse chronological order (polls later will be re-formatted via list of links).

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RELEASE: Feb.23, 2012          CONTACT: Pete LaFleur (editor@collegefencing360.com)

Analysis and historical perspective to be added later.

First Edition of the 2012 CollegeFencing360.com Fencing Coaches Poll (Poll #2; Feb. 23)

Men (previous)
1. Ohio State  (5) 
2. Penn State  (1)  
3. St. John's  (6)  
4. Princeton  (2)  
5. Notre Dame  (4)  
6. Harvard  (3)  
7. Pennsylvania  (7) 
8. Duke  (8)  
9. Sacred Heart  (9)
10. Yale  (10)   

Others receiving votes: Stanford, North Carolina, Air Force, Boston College, Brown & NYU


Women (previous
1. Ohio State  (6)  
2. Penn State  (1)  
3. Princeton  (2)  
4. Notre Dame  (3)  
5. St. John's  (5)  
6. Columbia  (–)
7. Temple  (8)  
8. Northwestern  (4)  
9. Harvard  (7)  
10. Pennsylvania  (9) 
Others receiving votes: Duke (prev. 10), Brown, Stanford, Boston College, Yale, North Carolina, Cornell, Sacred Heart, Johns Hopkins, MIT & Stevens Tech


RELEASE: Jan. 19, 2012          CONTACT: Pete LaFleur (editor@collegefencing360.com)

Analysis and historical perspective to be added later.

First Edition of the 2012 CollegeFencing360.com Fencing Coaches Poll (Poll #1; Jan. 19)

Men
1. Penn State  
2. Princeton  
3. Harvard  
4. Notre Dame  
5. Ohio State 
6. St. John's  
7. Pennsylvania 
8. Duke  
9. Sacred Heart
10. Yale   
Others receiving votes: North Carolina, Columbia, Stanford, Air Force, NYU, Brown and Wayne State


Women
1. Penn State  
2. Princeton  
3. Notre Dame  
4. Northwestern  
5. St. John's  
6. Ohio State  
7. Harvard  
8. Temple  
9. Pennsylvania
10. Duke  
Others receiving votes: Columbia, Cornell, Brown, Yale, North Carolina, Sacred Heart, NYU, MIT and Boston College

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The third and final poll of the 2010-11 season will be added here.

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RELEASE: Feb. 18, 2011          CONTACT: Pete LaFleur (editor@collegefencing360.com)

Notes – There was no change in the top-five spots of the men's poll, while current #6 Penn and #7 Princeton swapped spots ... Duke moved up from #9 to #8, Stanford stayed at #10 and current #9 Yale (which nearly won the Ivy League title) is the newcomer to the top-10, replacing former #8 Columbia ... the ND women stayed #1 but the new #2 on the women's side is Ohio State, after the former #10 Buckeyes rattled off numerous upsets over the past month ... current #3 Princeton and #4 St. John's both have moved up a spot, with Penn State slipping from #2 to #5 and Harvard dropping from #3 all the way to #8 ... current #6 Northwestern has moved up a spot, while Temple improved from #9 to #7, Columbia dropped from #6 to #10, and Duke entered the top-10 (at #9, replacing former #8 Penn).


Midseason Update (Poll #2; Feb. 18)
2011 USFCA College Fencing Coaches Poll

Men (previous rank)
1. Notre Dame  (1)
2. Harvard  (2)
3. St. John's  (3)
4. Penn State  (4)
5. Ohio State  (5)
6. Pennsylvania  (7)
7. Princeton  (6)
8. Duke  (9)
9. Yale  (–)
10. Stanford  (10)
Others receiving votes: Air Force, Columbia (8), North Carolina, Sacred Heart, Vassar, Haverford, NYU, UC San Diego and Boston College.

Women (previous rank)
1. Notre Dame  (1)
2. Ohio State  (10)
3. Princeton  (4)
4. St. John's  (5)
5. Penn State  (2)
6. Northwestern  (7) 
7. Temple  (9)8. Harvard  (3)
9. Duke  (–) 
10. Columbia-Barnard  (6)

Others receiving votes: Pennsylvania (8), Cornell, Stanford, North Carolina, UC San Diego, Wellesley, Brandeis. NYU, Vassar, Brown, Stevens Tech, Yale and Johns Hopkins.


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RELEASE: Jan. 19, 2011          CONTACT: Pete LaFleur (editor@collegefencing360.com) 


First Edition of the 2011 USFCA College Fencing Coaches Poll

Men
1. Notre Dame
2. Harvard
3. St. John's
4. Penn State
5. Ohio State
6. Princeton
7. Pennsylvania
8. Columbia
9. Duke
10. Stanford 

Others receiving votes: North Carolina, Yale, Air Force, Sacred Heart, Wayne State, UC-San Diego, Brown, NYU, Johns Hopkins and MIT.

 

Women
1. Notre Dame
2. Penn State
3. Harvard
4. Princeton

5. St. John's
6. Columbia-Barnard
7. Northwestern
8. Pennsylvania
9. Temple
10. Ohio State
Others receiving votes: Duke, Cornell, North Carolina, Air Force, Stanford, MIT, NYU, UC-San Diego, Yale, Brown and Brandeis.


TOP OF BOTH POLLS HISTORY – Notre Dame also was #1 in both of the initial USFCA polls during the 2004 season (ND ended up placing 3rd at the '04 NCAA Combined Fencing Championship) ... during the past 10 seasons (2002-2011), there have been seven years (all but '06, '07 and '08) when a fencing program has been #1 in the initial USFCA polls for both its men's and women's teams:

Recent teams #1 in both men's and women's fencing (USFCA initial polls)
2002 – St. John's  (ended up as NCAA runner-up)
2003 – Penn State  (NCAA runner-up)
2004 – Notre Dame  (placed 3rd at NCAAs)
2005 – Ohio State  (NCAA runner-up)
2009 – Penn State  (NCAA champion)
2010 – Penn State  (NCAA champion)
2011 – Notre Dame  (TBA)
... in 2006, the Ohio State men and ND women were #1 in the initial USFCA polls (Harvard, which had the #4 men's team and #5 women in the first poll, went on to win the '06 NCAA Combined title) ... in '07, the Harvard men and PSU women opened at #1 (Penn State, which started with the #3 men's team, ended up winning the '07 combined title) ... and in '08, the PSU men and ND women were the initial #1 squads but Ohio State (opened at #2 in both polls) emerged as the champion that season.

BEEN THERE – This marks the third straight year that Notre Dame has been #1 in both the men's and women's USFCA polls, at some point in the season ... in fact, ND has been #1 in both polls during five of the past six polls (spanning the 2009-11 seasons) ... in each of the previous two seasons ('09, '10), the Irish owned the matching #1s distinction in the mid-Feb. poll and the mid-March poll (prior to NCAAs) – but both years ND failed to close out those seasons with the NCAA title (Penn State, which owned the matching #1s in the initial polls during both of those seasons, ended up being the champs in both '09 and '10).

GENDER BALANCE – In addition to Notre Dame (#1/#1), there are three other fencing programs that feature their men's and women's teams in the top-5: Harvard (#2 men/#3 women), Penn State (#4/#2) and St. John's (#3/#5) ... two of the schools with women's teams in the top-10 (#7 Northwestern and #9 Temple) do not sponsor varsity men's fencing (Cornell, which received the 12th-most votes in the women's poll, also does not have a varsity men's fencing team).


WHO'S BACK – Here's a quick look at top returners (and top losses) for the nation's elite college fencing programs ... please note that some of this data could change, based on the availability of certain fencers during the next couple months (it's also quite common for newcomers to make an immediate impact on the college fencing scene).

Notre Dame – The Irish have plenty of fencers with NCAA Tournament experience, with 14 current ND fencers having combined for 27 career appearances in the NCAAs (comprised of 25 All-America/top-12 finishes, 11 top-4 placements, two runner-up performances and a pair of NCAA individual champions) ... these 14 fencers feature nine seniors, among them women's epeeist Ewa Nelip – an NCAA semifinalist in '08 and '09 who did not fence collegiately in 2010, while training with the Polish National Team program ... the return of Nelip offsets the graduation loss of epee standout Kelley Hurley ('08 U.S. Olympian; '08 NCAA champ, '07 runner-up, 6th in '10) – the only non-returning member of ND's 12-fencer contingent at the 2010 NCAAs (won by PSU with 191 pts, followed by St. John's with 182 and ND's 180) ... ND junior men's foilist Gerek Meinhardt (also a 2008 U.S. Olympian) won the NCAA title in 2010, after losing the '09 final to former PSU multi-weapon fencer Nick Chinman ... the Irish seniors include two elite sabreists on the women's side and two more on the men's team (all four hail from the west coast, including three from the Portland area) ... Sarah Borrmann won the NCAA women's sabre title as a freshman in 2008 (13th in '09; 5th in '10) while her Oregon Fencing Alliance teammate Eileen Hassett has placed 5th-6th-7th at the past three NCAAs ... another OFA product, Avery Zuck, was an NCAA men's sabre semifinalist in 2010 (5th in '09), while his classmate Barron Nydam is a three-time All-American (6th in '08; 10th in '09 and '10) ... senior women's foilist Hayley Reese is yet another ND three-time All-American (11th in '08; lost '09 final to PSU's Doris Willette; 5th in '10) while junior men's foilist Enzo Castellani already has a pair of NCAA semifinalist finishes to his credit ... junior women's epeeist Courtney Hurley (Kelley's younger sister) likewise reached the NCAA final-4 in her weapon during the 2009 NCAAs and again in '10 ... senior men's epeeist Greg Schoolcraft is a two-time NCAA entrant (18th in '09; 12th in '10), while his classmates Steve Kubik (8th at '08 NCAAs) and Zach Schirtz (11th in '08) give the Irish ridiculous depth in men's foil (combining with Meinhardt and Castellani for six All-America honors between the four of them) ... sophomore men's epeeist James Kaull (10th at '10 NCAAs) is the only member of ND's 14 fencers with NCAA experience who is not a senior or junior ... junior women's foilist Darsie Malynn (23rd at '10 NCAAs) rounds out this experienced group ... there still could be a new face or two among ND's qualifiers for the NCAAs in 2011 (top candidates include freshman women's foilist Rachel Beck, sophomore Lian Osier (currently the nation's top-ranked U-19 women's sabreist; did not compete in 2010 dual meets) and possibly even freshman men's foilist Ariel DeSmet (who adds yet another top-level fencer to that weapon for ND).

Harvard – The Crimson, five years removed from the program's first NCAA team title, could find themselves firmly in the mix at the 2011 championship ... fencers who can rack up high win totals at the NCAAs often help vault their team into contention – and Harvard has two such competitors in the junior duo of women's sabreist Caroline Vloka ('10 NCAA champ; '09 runner-up) and women's epeeist Noam Mills (NCAA runner-up in '09 and '10) ... Harvard has three other fencers who have turned in All-America finishes (top-12) at the NCAAs: junior men's sabreist Valentin Staller (15th in '09; 6th in '10), sophomore men's foilist Tomasso DiRobilant (12th in '10) and junior women's foilist Shelby MacLeod (17th in '09; 11th in '10) ... in order to take a step up in 2011 (after placing 5th at the '10 NCAAs), Harvard clearly will need some higher win totals from fencers other than Vloka, Mills and Staller ... in the 2010 NCAAs, several of the Harvard fencers finished well off the All-America pace: current sophomore sabreists Michael Tom and Elena Helgu both were 21st at the '10 NCAAs, while sophomore women's epeeist Felicia Sun was 22nd as a freshman at the '10 NCAAs (current senior men's foilist Hao Meng was 16th at the NCAAs a year ago, with current junior James Hawrot placing 14th in the 2010 men's epee competition) ... Harvard appears to have the building blocks in place, after losing only two of its 12 NCAA entrants from 2010: men's foilist Karl Harmenberg (23rd at '09 NCAAs; 16th in '10) and women's foilist Misha Goldfeder (10th in '07; 12th in '10) ... the Harvard team that won the NCAA title in 2005 featured three fencers who ended up winning NCAA individual titles in their career: women's foilist and future U.S. Olympian Emily Cross (who knocked off three-time NCAA champion Alicja Kryczalo in the '05 final), men's epeeist Benji Ungar ('06 NCAA champ) and men's sabreist Tim Hagamen (who claimed his NCAA title in '07) ... Harvard's chances of contending for the title in 2011 could hinge on strong performances from a newcomer or two, such as freshman men's epeeist Michael Raynis (has held U.S. #1 ranking in Under-19s), freshman men's sabreis Eriz Arzoian (3rd-place at 2010 Junior World Championships) and freshman women's foilist Alexandra Kiefer (impressively won the Penn State Garret Open, in the fall of '10) ... junior women's sabreist Hayley Levitt also could emerge as a key postseason contributor for the Crimson.


Penn State – The two-time defending champions have some key pieces to replace, following the graduation losses of several individuals who were among college fencing's best during their careers: multi-weapon wizard Nick Chinman ('09 NCAA foil champ; '10 epee semifinalist; '08 foil semifinalist, 5th in '07); women's epeeist Anastasia Ferdman ('09 NCAA champion; semifinalist in '07, '08 and '10); men's sabreist Daniel Bak ('10 runner-up; semifinalist in '08 and '09); women's sabreist Caity Thompson ('07 NCAA runner-up; '06 semifinalist; 11th in '09; 6th in '10); and even women's epeeist Keri Byerts, a 2008 All-American (5th at NCAAs), who combines with Ferdman to leave a gap in the PSU women's epee group ... but don't feel too sorry for the Nittany Lions at any weapon, including women's epee – which is headlined by the 2010 NCAA champion, sophomore Margherita Guzzi (mistakingly listed as a freshman on the current PSU roster) ... Penn State has two other past NCAA champions on its current roster, along with two other veterans who have proven capable of winning an individual title ... those top veterans to watch, along with Guzzi, include junior men's sabreist Aleksander Ochocki ('09 NCAA champ; '10 semifinalist), junior men's foilist Miles Chamley-Watson ('09 and '10 semifinalist), and a pair of accomplished foil sibings: 5th-year senior Doris Willette ('07 and '09 NCAA champ; '10 runner-up; '08 U.S. Olympian) and freshman David Willette ('10 NCAA runner-up) ... Penn State won the 2010 NCAA despite a couple of lower finishes – 18th by men's epeeist Brian Heflich ('10 graduate) and 15th from women's sabreist Olivia Benedek (a sophomore in 2009-10 who is not listed on the team's current roster) ... despite the absence of its 2010 NCAA entrants in women's sabre, Penn State should be just fine in that weapon with the return of junior Monica Aksamit (5th at '09 NCAAs; did not fence for PSU in '10) and the addition of talented freshman Nicole Glon (member of U.S. Junior National Team and daughter of longtime PSU assistant Wes Glon) ... Penn State also returns sophomore women's foilist Olga Ostatnigrosh (16th at 2010 NCAAs), who still has the absolute minimum bio. info. on the PSU roster page (not even a hometown listed, despite being with the team for over a year and being one of the top returning foilists in college fencing) ... in addition to Guzzi, PSU's top women's epeeists appear to be freshman Anne Stephenson (10th at the PSU Garret Open in the fall of '10) and junior Alyssa Vongries (12th) ... the PSU men's roster is well-fortified with the likes of Ochocki, Chamley-Watson and Willette, along with another sibling as sabreist Adrian Bak is taking over where his brother Daniel left off (the younger Bak claimed the 2010 U.S. Junior National Championship) ... the men's foil unit should have a strong top-3, with the addition of talented newcomer Jeremy Goldstein (past member of various U.S. youth national teams) ... that leaves a depleted men's epee squad, following the graduation of NCAA participants Chinman and Heflich (along PSU freshman who hails from Connecticut: Anthony Green,  took home the men's epee title at the Garret Open).


St. John's – The Red Storm have made some key steps over the past few years and could be back knocking at the door for another NCAA title (but several key lineup questions seemingly have to be answered for SJU to be a true contender) ... the St. John's men had the rare distinction of producing two NCAA individual champions in 2010 (both are current juniors): sabreist Daryl Homer (also '09 runner-up) and epeeist Marat Israelian ... the SJU men have the luxury of featuring several other All-Americans (top-12 NCAA finishers) on the current roster, including a pair of sabreists – junior Alejandro Rojas (7th in '09) and sophomore Sean Buckley (8th in '10) – who could combine with Homer to form one of the nation's top sabre trios in dual-meet matchups ... sophomore Adam Watson is a proven two-weapon threat, as he fenced foil at the 2010 NCAAs (15th) but has fenced for various U.S. youth national teams in epee ... in the recent Brandeis Invitational, Israelson and Watson combined a bit with junior Nicholas Vomero (21st at '09 NCAAs; 5th in '10) for a glimpse at what could be another potent SJU weapon trio ... the Red Storm may still need Watson at foil, after losing three-time NCAA participant Alexis Landreville to graduation (16th in '07; 18th in '09; 10th in '10) ... based on the results from Brandeis, it looks like SJU also could expect key contributions this season from freshman foilists Eli Schenkel (#16 in U.S. junior/U-19 rankings), Dagmara WozniakSanna Gars Anna LimbachAlexandrea TannousFruzsina PalinkasSaeedah Cook Alina FerdmanBecca Ward Margarita TschomakovaDayana Sarkisova
(2010 NCAA semfinalist).     ('09 and '10 semifinalist); and Northwestern sophomore women's foilist ('09 NCAA champ; '10 runner-up; '08 U.S. Olympian); Ohio State junior women's sabreist (who adds to the list of impressive fencers from Maalot, Israel, who have joined the college fencing ranks over the years – have to check, but assuming recent PSU epee standout Anastasia Ferdman likely is her sister or cousin?).

In addition to some of the fencers mentioned above (from ND, Harvard, PSU and SJU), a handful of other fencers are back in 2011 after reaching the NCAA semifinal round in 2010: Duke junior women's sabreist
Other Top Returners: and freshman , fellow sophomore  (#39 in U.S. under-19 rankings) fenced along with Wozniak in the recent SJU women's sabre bouts at Brandeis ... the top options to replace the epee production of Novakovka and Gars appear to be Hungarian product  (Cologne, Germany) and (5th at '10 NCAAs, as a freshman) is not on the current SJU roster ... freshmen is back to make another run at the NCAA title (she was a semifinalist in '09 and '10, also 5th in '07 before spending '08 in qualifying/training as a U.S. Olympic alternate) ... the Red Storm women also return a pair of Russian natives who turned in All-America performances as freshmen in 2010:  (NCAA semifinalist) and (9th at '10 NCAAs) ... the squad must replace All-Americans at all three women's weapons, most notably in foil ( placed 5th-8th-8th-13th at the '07-'10 NCAAs) ... departed sabreist  was 11th at the '08 NCAAs and 10th in 2010 while Swedish women's epeeist Martyna WieczorekTetyana NovakovskaIrina Koroleva Evgenlya Kirichevar (#27) and  (#46) ... on the women's side, senior sabreist Wilfred CuriosoMax Blitze

  

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RELEASE: March 19, 2010       CONTACT: Pete LaFleur (editor@collegefencing360.com)

Notre Dame Teams Stays Atop USFCA College Fencing Polls


2010 USFCA College Fencing Coaches Poll (poll #3; March 19)

MEN (previous rank)
1. Notre Dame  (2)
2. Penn State  (1)
3. Ohio State  (3)
4. Princeton  (4)
5. St. John's  (8)
6. Harvard  (7)
7. Pennsylvania  (6)
8. Duke  (9)
9. Yale  (8)
10. North Carolina  (NR)

Others receiving votes: Columbia, Brown, Sacred Heart, Air Force, UC San Diego, NYU, Stanford, Wayne State and Brandeis.


WOMEN (previous rank)
1. Notre Dame  (1)
2. Penn State  (2)
3. Princeton  (4)
4. Northwestern  (3)
5. St. John's  (6)
6. Ohio State  (7)
7. Columbia-Barnard  (5)
8. Harvard  (9)
9. Temple  (8)
10. Pennsylvania  (10)

Others receiving votes: Duke, Yale, North Carolina, Cornell, Brandeis, UC San Diego,  Brown, Stanford, Air Force, NYU and Boston College


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RELEASE: Feb. 18, 2010         CONTACT: Pete LaFleur (editor@collegefencing360.com)

Notre Dame Teams Back on Top of USFCA College Fencing Poll

The undefeated Notre Dame fencing teams have returned to the top spots in the respective men's and women's national rankings, as announced by the U.S. Fencing Coaches Association and CF360 (full polls listed below).

The Notre Dame men – who wrapped up the 2010 regular season with a 33-0 record in dual meets (24-0 vs. varsity squads) – racked up 11 wins over teams ranked in the first 2010 USFCA top-10 poll: #1 Penn State, #3 Ohio State (twice), #4 Princeton, #5 Columbia (2), #7 Harvard, #8 St. John's (2), #9 Yale and #10 Duke. The ND women (35-0; 27-0 vs. varsity teams) similarly had an impressive run of wins over top-10 teams, with 13 victories over teams currently or previously ranked among the top-10 (numbers are previous ranking, unless note): #1 Penn State, #3 Harvard, #4 Columbia (2), #5 Northwestern (2), #6 Ohio State (2), #7 Temple, #9 Princeton and #10 Yale – plus two wins over current #6 St. John's.

The Penn State men and women each dropped a spot to #2 in the poll, while the Ohio State men remained #3 and the Princeton men #4. Princeton joins ND and PSU as the only schools with both its men and women ranked in the top-5 (the Tiger women have surged from 9th to 4th in the latest rankings).

The St. John's men climbed three spots (8th to 5th) and the Harvard men bumped up a spot to 6th, with fellow Ivy League teams Pennsylvania (6th to 7th) and Columbia (5th to 8th) dropping down in the poll. Duke inched up from 10th to 9th while Air Force – led by the All-America epee due of senior Peter French and junior Daniel Trapani – has entered the top-10 in the 10th spot (previous #9 Yale dropped out of the men's poll).

In addition to Princeton, two other women's teams made noteworthy jumps in the poll – as Northwestern now sits in the #3 spot while the previously-unranked St. John's women now are slotted 6th. The Harvard women (#3 to #9) took the biggest tumble in the poll, with one-spot drops by Columbia-Barnard (now 5th), Ohio State (7th) and Temple (8th), along with the Penn women slipping from 8th to 10th and the  #10 Yale women falling out of the poll.

Noteworthy results (other than the key ND wins noted above) that may have affected movement in the polls are as follows: 


• St. John's men def. Ohio State, Columbia (twice) and Harvard
• Harvard men def. Ohio State and Columbia
• Duke men def. Penn State
• Air Force men def. Duke

• Northwestern women def. Columbia
• Ohio State women def. Harvard and Northwestern
• St. John's women def. Penn State, Harvard, Columbia and Ohio State (twice)
• Columbia women def. Penn State and Harvard
• Princeton women def. Northwestern, Ohio State and Temple
• Brandeis women def. Penn
• UC San Diego women def. Temple

Princeton's ascent into top-5 status has been led by All-Americans such as junior men's epeeist Graham Wicas ('09 NCAA runner-up), sophomore men's foilist Alex Mills and sophomore women's epeeist Susannah Scanlan. The Tigers also have received a boost from senior men's sabreist Thomas Abend and the sophomore women's foil duo of Andrea Oliva ('09 NCAA entrant) and Rocky Rothenberg, along with clutch performances from freshman newcomers Jonathan Yergler (men's epee), Eliza Stone (women's sabre) and Hannah Safford (women's epee).

The St. John's women have entered the national top-10 thanks to strong showings by senior All-Americans Dagmara Wozniak (sabre) and Tanya Novakovska (epee), while reloading its roster with several European imports – most notably foilist Evgeniya Kirpicheva (Ufa, Russia) and epeeist Sanne Gans (Karlskrona, Sweden).   


2010 USFCA College Fencing Coaches Poll (poll #2; Feb. 18)

MEN (previous rank)

1. Notre Dame  (2)

2. Penn State  (1)

3. Ohio State  (3)

4. Princeton  (4)

5. St. John's  (8)

6. Harvard  (7)

7. Pennsylvania  (6)

8. Columbia  (5)

9. Duke  (10)

10. Air Force  (–)

NYU, Yale, North Carolina, Stanford, UC San Diego, Sacred Heart, Wayne State and Brown.Others receiving votes:


WOMEN (previous rank)
1. Notre Dame  (2)
2. Penn State  (1)
3. Northwestern  (5)
4. Princeton  (9)
5. Columbia-Barnard  (4)
6. St. John's  (–)
7. Ohio State  (6)
8. Temple  (7)
9. Harvard  (3)
10. Pennsylvania  (8)

Others receiving votes: Duke, Yale, UC San Diego, North Carolina, Cornell, Brandeis, NYU, Brown and Stanford


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RELEASE: Jan. 21, 2010         CONTACT: Pete LaFleur (editor@collegefencing360.com)

First Edition of the 2010 USFCA College Fencing Coaches Poll

 

Men – 1. Penn  State ... 2. Notre Dame ... 3. Ohio State ... 4. Princeton ... 

5. Columbia ... 6. Pennsylvania ... 7. Harvard ... 8. St. John's ... 9. Yale ... 10. Duke

... Others receiving votes: North Carolina, NYU, Air Force, Stanford, UC-San Diego, Sacred Heart, Brown and Johns Hopkins

 

Women – 1. Penn State ... 2. Notre Dame ... 3. Harvard ... 4. Columbia-Barnard ... 

5. Northwestern ... 6. Ohio State ... 7. Temple ... 8. Pennsylvania ... 9. Princeton ...

10. Yale ... Others receiving votes: Duke, St. John's (NY), Cornell, Brown, Stanford, North Carolina, UC-San Diego, NYU and Sacred Heart


Notes – Defending NCAA champion Penn State holds down the top spot in both polls and is led by four returning NCAA champions (men's foilist Nick Chinman, men's sabreist Aleksander Ochocki, women's foilist Doris Willette and women's epeeist Anastasia Ferdman) ... Penn State was #2 in the final 2009 USFCA polls (for men and women) while Notre Dame was #1 in both rankings of the final '09 polls (ND went on to be the 2009 NCAA runner-up) ... Columbia is the only other fencing program currently in the top-5 for both men (#5) and women (#4) ... Princeton's surging men's program checks in at #4 in the current poll (the Tiger women are ranked 9th) ... Ohio State's men are ranked #3 but the OSU women are outside the top-5 (6th) ... Harvard's women are a top-5 team (#3) but the Crimson men are ranked 7th ... other programs with both men's and women's team in the top-10 include Pennsylvania (men 6th; women 8th) and Yale (men 9th; women 10th) ... the other top-10 teams: St. John's men (8th), Duke men (10th), Northwestern women (5th) and Temple women (7th).


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RELEASE: March 17 , 2009      CONTACT: Pete LaFleur (editor@collegefencing360.com)

BOTH NOTRE DAME TEAMS STLL #1 IN BOTH POLLS


2009 USFCA College Fencing Coaches Poll (poll #3; March 17)

MEN (previous rank)
1. Notre Dame  (1)
2. Penn State  (2)
3. Pennsylvania  (4)
4. Ohio State  (3)
5. Columbia  (5)
6. Princeton  (6)
7. Harvard  (9)
8. St. John's  (7)
9. Stanford  (10)
10. Duke  (8)

Others receiving votes (in order) -- North Carolina, Air Force, Brandeis, Yale, UC-San Diego, Wayne State, Brown and Johns Hopkins (tied).

 

WOMEN (previous rank)
1. Notre Dame  (1)
2. Penn State  (2)
3. Harvard  (4)
4. Columbia-Barnard  (5)
5. Northwestern  (7)
6. Ohio State  (3)
7. Pennsylvania  (6)
8. Princeton  (10)
9. Temple  (8)
10. St. John's  (9)

Others receiving votes (in order) -- Stanford, Duke, Yale, North Carolina, NYU, Brandeis, Air Force, Cornell, MIT and UC-San Diego (tied), Wayne State.


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RELEASE: Feb. 19 , 2009        CONTACT: Pete LaFleur (editor@collegefencing360.com)
NOTRE DAME CLAIMS SOLE POSSESSION OF #1 SPOT IN BOTH POLLS

The Notre Dame men's and women's fencing teams have claimed sole possession of the respective #1 spots in the U.S. Fencing Coaches Association national polls (as announced on Feb. 19). The Irish men previously had shared the top spot with Penn State, while the ND women were second in the initial Jan. 23 poll (behind PSU). The full poll is listed below, as is the season-opening 2009 USFCA poll. 

Most of the other movement in the polls went as expected – with the University of Pennsylvania (now #6), St. John's (#7) and Duke (#8) each moving up two spots in the men's poll, while the Penn women made the biggest jump (from #9 to #6) and any team, men or women. Harvard (now #4) and St. John's (#9) also climbed up the women's poll.

Other teams currently ranked in the men's poll include Penn State (#2), Ohio State (#3), Columbia (#5), Princeton (#6), Harvard (#9) and Stanford (#10). The other ranked women's teams are PSU (#2), OSU (#3), Columbia (#5), Northwestern (#7), Temple (#8) and Princeton (#10).

This marks the first time since the 2004 season-opening poll that both Notre Dame fencing teams have been ranked #1. At least one of the Irish fencing teams has held sole possession of the top ranking in eight of the past nine seasons (2001-06, '08-'09). The Notre Dame women now have been ranked #1 in five of the past six years (all but '07), while this marks the first time since 2004 that the ND men have held sole possession of the top ranking.

The NOTRE DAME men ended the 2009 regular season undefeated (33-0) for the 21st time in the ND men's fencing program's history and first time since 2003 (24-0). The Irish defeated nine top-10 opponents – Penn State, Ohio State (2), Columbia (2), Stanford, St. John's (2) and North Carolina (former co-#10) – during their undefeated regular season. The 33 wins are the most ever in a season, by any Notre Dame fencing team (men's or women's).

The Notre Dame women ended the regular season with a 32-2 record, tying the program record for wins in a season. The Irish women suffered both of their losses by 14-13 scores at the first-week NYU Duals (vs. top-5 foes Ohio State and Columbia), but they ultimately turned in eight wins over teams that have been ranked in the top-10 this season (Penn State, Ohio State, Columbia, Northwestern twice, Temple, and St. John's twice).

The PENN STATE men (12-3) have suffered losses to Penn (10-17), Notre Dame (13-14) and Ohio State (11-16), with noteworthy wins over Princeton, Harvard, Duke and UNC. The PSU women (13-1) dropped a 9-18 match to ND (at the Northwestern Duals), but they own a series of top wins over Ohio State, Penn, Northwestern, Temple and Duke (formerly #10). Both Nittany Lions squads will wrap up their regular-season bouting this weekend, as the host school for a Feb. 21 quad meet (also featuring St. John's, Duke and Temple).

Both OHIO STATE teams have maintained their #3 rankings, with the OSU men (32-2) ending their regular season with only two losses the Notre Dame (both 12-15) as blemishes on their record. The Buckeye men in recent weeks have posted key wins over Penn State, Columbia twice, St. John's twice, Harvard, Stanford and UNC. The OSU women (26-5) own top victories over ND, Northwestern twice, Temple and St. John's twice – with their losses coming against ND (10-17), PSU (10-17), Columbia (10-17, 12-15) and Harvard (12-15). The PENN men (15-0) – who are in the driver's seat to win the Ivy League title this weekend – have turned in five wins over top-10 opponents this season, with notable upsets of Penn State (17-10), Columbia (18-9) and Princeton (17-10), along with victories over Duke and UNC. At first glance, the rise up the poll by the Penn women (12-4) is more surprising. The Quaker women jumped over Northwestern, Princeton and Temple in the poll, despite going 1-2 vs. those teams (win over Temple; 12-15 losses to the Wildcats and Tigers). The Penn women also own a win over Duke, with their other losses coming against Penn State (6-21) and Columbia (8-19). Both ST. JOHN'S squads were ranked low in the season-opening polls (most likely due to losing several key fencers from the '08 teams), but each has made a move up the rankings. The SJU men (8-6) overcame a couple of tough losses early in the season (13-14 vs. Boston College, 12-15 vs. Yale) to register a pair of impressive victories over Columbia (18-19) and Harvard (14-13), with the Red Storm men's other losses coming against ND and OSU (two each). The St. John's women (8-7) have one marquee win (15-12 vs. Columbia, while their losses have come against ND (2), OSU, Columbia (2), Harvard and Brandeis. The St. John's teams could make a statement this weekend, at the Penn State Quad Meet (vs. PSU, Duke and Temple). See the CF360 blog for recent (and future) in-depth information about the other top-10 Ivy League teams. We look forward to seeing how the Columbia and Harvard men's teams perform, following several weeks of inconsistent results by both squads (causing each to drop in the national poll). The blog also will be providing season overviews for other top-10 teams not mentioned above (Duke and Stanford men; Northwestern and Temple women). CollegeFencing360 will have additional analysis of the nation's top teams and individuals over the next few weeks, as we near the NCAA Championships in mid-March.

2009 USFCA College Fencing Coaches Poll (poll #2; Feb. 19)
MEN (previous rank)
1. Notre Dame (t-1)
1. Penn State (t-1)
3. Ohio State (3)
4. Pennsylvania (6)
5. Columbia (4)
6. Princeton (5)
7. St. John's (9)
8. Duke (10)
9. Harvard (7)
10. Stanford (8) 

Others receiving votes (in order) – North Carolina, NYU and Yale (tied), Brandeis, Wayne State, Air Force, Drew, MIT, UC-San Diego, Boston College and Johns Hopkins (tied), Brown, Vassar.

WOMEN (previous rank)
1. Notre Dame (2)
2. Penn State (1)
3. Ohio State (3)
4. Harvard (5)
5. Columbia (4)
6. Pennsylvania (9)
7. Northwestern (6)
8. Temple (8)
9. St. John's (–)
10. Princeton (7) 

Others receiving votes (in order) – Duke, NYU, Yale, MIT, Stanford, Brandeis nd North Carolina (tied), Cornell, Brown, UC-San Diego and Wayne State (tied).

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2009 USFCA College Fencing Coaches Poll (poll #1; Jan. 23)
MEN
1. Penn State
1. Notre Dame
3. Ohio State
4. Columbia
5. Princeton
6. Pennsylvania
7. Harvard
7. Stanford
9. St. John's
10. Duke
10. North Carolina 

Others receiving votes (in order) – NYU and Yale (tied), Brandeis, Wayne State, Air Force, Drew and MIT (tied), UC-San Diego, Boston College and Johns Hopkins (tied), Brown, Vassar.

WOMEN
1. Penn State
2. Notre Dame
3. Ohio State
4. Columbia
5. Harvard
6. Northwestern
7. Princeton
8. Temple
9. Pennsylvania
10. Duke 

Others receiving votes (in order) – St. John's, Stanford, North Carolina, Brandeis, NYU, Cornell and Wayne State (tied), UC-San Diego (Air Force, Brown, Drew and Yale all tied)

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2008 USFCA College Fencing Coaches Poll (poll #2; Feb. 22)
WOMEN
1. Ohio State (2)
2. Notre Dame (1)
3. Columbia-Barnard (3)
4. Northwestern (6)
5. Pennsylvania (8)
6. Harvard (5)
7. St. John's (7)
8. Temple (9)
9. Penn State (4)
10. Princeton (10) 

Others receiving votes (in order) – North Carolina, Stanford, Brown, Yale, Cornell, Wayne State, NYU, Brandeis, UC San Diego, Duke, Air Force and MIT.

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2008 USFCA College Fencing Coaches Poll (poll #1; Jan. 18)
MEN
1. Penn State
2. Ohio State
3. Notre Dame
4. St. John's
5. Columbia
6. Pennsylvania
7. Harvard
8. Princeton
9. Brandeis
10. Stanford

WOMEN
1. Notre Dame
2. Ohio State
3. Columbia-Barnard
4. Penn State
5. Harvard
6. Northwestern
7. St. John's
8. Pennsylvania
9. Temple
10. Princeton

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2007 USFCA College Fencing Coaches Poll (poll #3; March 20)
MEN (previous poll)
1. Penn State (1)
2. Columbia (3)
3. St. John's (5)
4. Ohio State (2)
5. Harvard (4)
6. Notre Dame (6)
7. Pennsylvania (7)
8. Princeton (8)
9. Rutgers (–)
10. Duke (10)

Others receiving votes (in order) – Stanford, Brandeis, UC San Diego,North Carolina, Yale, NYU, Air Force, Brown and Cleveland State.

WOMEN (previous poll)
1. Penn State (1)
2. Columbia-Barnard (2)
3. St. John's (7)
4. Ohio State (5)
5. Notre Dame (4)
6. Harvard (3)
7. Northwestern (6)
8. Pennsylvania (8)
9. Temple (9)
10. Princeton (10)

Others receiving votes (in order – North Carolina, Cornell, UC San Diego, Yale, Stanford, Duke, Brown, Wayne State and Air Force.

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2007 USFCA College Fencing Coaches Poll (poll #2; Feb. 21)
MEN (previous)
1. Penn State (3)
2. Ohio State (2)
3. Columbia (4)
4. Harvard (1)
5. St. John's (6)
6. Notre Dame (5)
7. Pennsylvania (7)
8. Princeton (10)
9. Stanford (9)
10. Duke (–) 

Others receiving votes (in order) – Rutgers, North Carolina, UC San Diego, Wayne State, Brandeis, NYU, Air Force and Yale.

WOMEN (previous)
1. Penn State (1)
2. Columbia-Barnard (2)
3. Harvard (3)
4. Notre Dame (4)
5. Ohio State (6)
6. Northwestern (5)
7. St. John's (6)
8. Pennsylvania (8)
9. Temple (9)
10. Princeton (–) 

Others receiving votes (in order) – Princeton, Yale, Duke, UC San Diego, Wayne State, Cornell, Air Force, Rutgers and Brandeis.

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2007 USFCA College Fencing Coaches Poll (poll #1; Jan. 19)
MEN
1. Harvard
2. Ohio State
3. Penn State
4. Columbia
5. Notre Dame
6. St. John's
7. Pennsylvania
8. Stanford
9. Air Force
10. Princeton 

Others receiving votes (in order) – Rutgers, Duke, Brandeis, NYU, North Carolina, Yale, UC San Diego, Wayne State and Cal State Fullerton.
 
WOMEN
1. Penn State
2. Columbia-Barnard
3. Harvard
4. Notre Dame
5. Northwestern
6. Ohio State
6. St. John's
8. Pennsylvania
9. Temple
10. Stanford 

Others receiving votes (in order) – Princeton, Yale, Duke, UC San Diego, North Carolina, Wayne State, Cornell, Air Force, Rutgers and Brandeis.

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2006 USFCA College Fencing Coaches Poll (poll #2; Feb. 22)
MEN  (previous poll)
1. Ohio State  (1)
2. Notre Dame  (2)
2. Penn State  (3)
4. Harvard  (4)
5. St. John's  (6)
6. Columbia  (5)
7. Princeton  (7)
8. Stanford  (9)
9. Pennsylvania  (8)
10. Air Force  (–)


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2006 USFCA College Fencing Coaches Poll (poll #1; Jan. 21)
MEN
1. Ohio State
2. Notre Dame
3. Penn State
4. Harvard
5. Columbia
6. St. John's
7. Princeton
8. Pennsylvania
9. Stanford
10. Duke

Others receiving votes (in order) – Air Force, Rutgers, Brown, NYU, Yale, North Carolina, UC San Diego, Wayne State, Brandeis and Cleveland State.

WOMEN
1. Notre Dame
2. Penn State
3. Columbia-Barnard
4. Ohio State
5. Harvard
6. St. John's
7. Northwestern
8. Yale
9. Pennsylvania
10. Princeton 

Others receiving votes (in order) – Stanford, Wayne State, Temple, Duke, UC San Diego, Air Force, NYU, Rutgers, North Carolina and Brown.

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2005 USFCA College Fencing Coaches Poll (poll #2; Feb. 23)
MEN (previous poll)
1. Penn State (2)
2. Ohio State (1)
3. St. John's (3)
4. Notre Dame (4)
5. Columbia (5)
6. Harvard (8)
7. Princeton (6)
8. NYU (–)
9. Air Force (10)
10. Pennsylvania (7)

WOMEN (previous poll)
1. Notre Dame  (2)
2. Ohio State  (1)
3. Penn State  (3)
4. Harvard  (4)
5. Columbia-Barnard  (5)
6. Northwestern  (6)
7. Pennsylvania  (8)
8. Princeton  (9)
9. Temple  (10)
10. St. John's  (–) 

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2005 USFCA College Fencing Coaches Poll (poll #1; Jan. 20)
MEN
1. Ohio State
2. Penn State
3. St. John's
4. Notre Dame
5. Columbia
6. Princeton
7. Pennsylvania
8. Harvard
9. Stanford
10. Air Force

WOMEN
1. Ohio State
2. Notre Dame
3. Penn State
4. Harvard
5. Columbia-Barnard
6. Northwestern
7. St. John's
8. Pennsylvania
9. Princeton
10. Temple

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2004 USFCA College Fencing Coaches Poll (poll #1; Jan. 24)
MEN
1. Notre Dame
2. Ohio State
3. Penn State
4. St. John's
5. Columbia
6.
7. Pennsylvania
8. Air Force
9. Harvard
10. NYU

WOMEN
1. Notre Dame
2. Ohio State
3. Penn State
4. Columbia-Barnard
5. Northwestern
6.
7. St. John's
8. Pennsylvania
9. Harvard
10. Temple

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2003 USFCA College Fencing Coaches Poll (poll #2; Feb. 13)
MEN (previous poll)
1. Notre Dame (2)
2. Penn State (1)
3. St. John's (3)
4. Ohio State (4)
5. Pennsylvania (9)
6. Princeton (5)
7. Columbia (7)
8. Harvard (8)
9. Air Force (–)
10. Stanford (6)

Also receiving votes – Yale, Duke, Rutgers, MIT, NYU, Cal State Fullerton, Wayne State, Boston College, North Carolina, Brown and Johns Hopkins.

WOMEN (previous poll)
1. Penn State (1)
2. St. John's (3)
3. Notre Dame (2)
4. Ohio State (4)
5. Columbia-Barnard (6)
6. Princeton (5)
7. Temple (8)
8. Northwestern (7)
9. Pennsylvania (10)
10. Harvard (–)

Also receiving votes – Stanford, Yale, Air Force, Rutgers, Brown, Wayne State, MIT, Brandeis, Duke, NYU, Cal State Fullerton and Boston College.

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2003 USFCA College Fencing Coaches Poll (poll #1; Jan. 22)
MEN
1. Penn State
2. Notre Dame
3. St. John's
4. Ohio State
5. Princeton
6. Stanford
7. Columbia
8. Harvard
9. Pennsylvania
10. Yale

Also receiving votes – NYU, Rutgers, Brandeis, Air Force, Duke, Wayne State and North Carolina.

WOMEN
1. Penn State
2. Notre Dame
3. St. John's
4. Ohio State
5. Princeton
6. Columbia-Barnard
7. Northwestern
8.Temple
9. Yale
10. Pennsylvania

Also receiving votes – Stanford, Harvard, Rutgers, Brandeis, North Carolina, Duke, MIT and Brandeis.


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2002 USFCA College Fencing Coaches Poll (poll #3; March 11)

MEN (previous poll)
1. Notre Dame  (1)
2. Penn State  (3)
3. St. John's  (2)
4. Columbia  (4)
5. Ohio State  (5)
6. Pennsylvania  (7)
7. Princeton  (6)
8. Stanford  (8)
9. Yale  (9)
10. NYU  (10)

Others receiving votes – Air Force, Wayne State, MIT, Rutgers, Duke and Harvard.

WOMEN (previous poll)
1. St. John's  (1)
2. Penn State  (2)
3. Notre Dame  (3)
4. Ohio State  (4)
4. Northwestern  (6)
6. Yale  (7)
7. Temple  (8)
8. Princeton  (5)
9. Columbia-Barnard  (9)
10. Pennsylvania  (10)

Other receiving votes – Stanford, MIT, Rutgers, North Carolina, Air Force, Duke and Harvard.


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2002 USFCA College Fencing Coaches Poll (poll #2; Feb.. 21)

MEN (previous poll)
1. Notre Dame  (2)
2. St. John's  (1)
3. Penn State  (3)
4. Columbia  (5)
5. Ohio State  (8)
6. Princeton  (6)
7. Pennsylvania  (9)
8. Stanford  (4)
9. Yale  (7)
10. NYU  (–)

Others receiving votes – Air Force, Duke, Rutgers, MIT, Brandeis, North Carolina, Harvard, Brown and Wayne State

WOMEN (previous poll)
1. St. John's  (1)
2. Penn State  (3)
3. Notre Dame  (2)
4. Ohio State  (7)
5. Princeton  (5)
6. Northwestern  (6)
7. Yale  (8)
8. Temple  (10)
9. Columbia-Barnard  (9)
10. Pennsylvania  (–)

Other receiving votes – Stanford, North Carolina, Rutgers, Air Force, Duke, MIT, Cornell and NYU.


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2002 USFCA College Fencing Coaches Poll (poll #1; Jan. 23)

MEN
1. St. John's
2. Notre Dame
3. Penn State
4. Stanford
5. Columbia
6. Princeton
7. Yale
8. Ohio State
9. Pennsylvania
10. Air Force

Others receiving votes – NYU, Wayne State, MIT, Rutgers, North Carolina, Duke, Brandeis, Brown and Harvard.

WOMEN
1. St. John's
2. Notre Dame
3. Penn State
4. Stanford
5. Princeton
6. Northwestern
7. Ohio State
8. Yale
9. Columbia-Barnard
10. Temple

Other receiving votes – Pennsylvania, MIT, Rutgers, Wayne State, Duke, North Carolina, NYU, Air Force, Harvard, Brandeis, Brown, Boston College and Cornell. 

    editor@collegefencing360.com