2014 CF360 Coaches Polls

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CF360 is the official home for the national college fencing poll and serves as both the sponsor and administrator of the poll. The official name of the rankings is the CollegeFencing360.com Fencing Coaches Poll (or CF360 Fencing Coaches Poll). There will be four polls released during the 2018 spring season. Links to poll historical archive are included below,. The 2018 polls are include below, in reverse chronological order (starting with the final poll, tabulated prior to the NCAA Championships.

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Note: ONLY 10 TEAMS ARE RANKED (rest are receiving votes; can reference as "received 12th-most votes" etc. but not #12).


2014 poll summaries included below … 

March 18, 2014   
CF360 FENCING COACHES POLL #4 
(Final)     
Contact: Pete LaFleur (editor@collegefencing360.com)
(all content courtesy of College Fencing 360; please credit and link accordingly)

Men: 1–Penn State, 2–Columbia, 3–Harvard, 4–Ohio State, 5–Princeton, 
6–Notre Dame, 7–St. John’s, 8–Univ. of Pennsylvania, 9–Duke, 10–Stanford 

Women: 1–Princeton, 2–Ohio State, 3–Harvard, 4–Notre Dame, 5–Penn State, 
6–Columbia, 7–St. John’s, 8–Northwestern, 9–Temple, 10–Univ. of Pennsylvania

(scroll down for full release/notes & complete rankings, w/ all others receiving votes)        
• Schedule/Result Links for all teams

The fourth and final edition of the CollegeFencing360.com Coaches Poll for 2014 has been released and the PENN STATE men have climbed into sole possession of the top spot, while the powerhouse PRICNETON women completed a run of being ranked No. 1 for all four polls of the 2014 season. Penn State and Columbia had been tied atop the men's rankings in the previous poll, after Columbia was No. 1 in the first and second polls of the 2014 season. The 10 first-place votes in the final poll were split evenly between both men's teams, but Penn State finished with a 143-132 advantage over Columbia in total voting points.

The Penn State men turned in an impressive showing at the Mid-Atlantic/South Regional (March 8, at Lafayette)– led by three of the top-4 finishers in the foil competition (Nobuo Bravo, Jeremy Goldstein and David Willette). PSU also had three top-8 regional finishes in men's epee (paced by freshman Conor Shepard's third place) while senior Adrian Bak won the regional men's sabre competition (teammate Caito Streets was sixth, to clinch his berth in the NCAA Championships). One day later, the Columbia men competed at the deeper Northeast Regional (held at Wellesley) and were led by a sabre trio who each placed in the 4th-7th range (Geoff Loss, Will Spear and Chris Ahn). Columbia's foilists did not crack the top-4 at the regional, although Adam Mathieu and Harry Bergman finished 5th and 6th, while epeeist Jake Hoyle posted the team's top finish in any weapon at the event (3rd, the team's only top-8 epee finisher).

During the 2013-14 regular season, Columbia fashioned a 27-3 record in dual-meet action while Penn State was 21-3. They split two head-to-head matchups, with Columbia winning at Penn State on Jan. 11 (15-12) while PSU took the rematch two weeks later (14-13, at St. John's). Columbia was edged by current #5 Princeton, 14-13, in the final round of the 2014 Ivy League Championship while dropping a 15-12 home dual meet vs. unranked Sacred Heart (several top Columbia fencers did not compete in that loss). Penn State's other two losses came in late-Jan. bouting at St. John's, against the current #6 and #3 teams (12-15 vs. Notre Dame, 11-16 vs. Harvard).

• Fencing Coaches Poll History (spreadsheets; 2001-14):  MEN  |  WOMEN  (courtesy CF360)

The Penn State men now have been ranked No. 1 in 15 polls (since 2001) during the recorded history of the rankings, nearly matching Notre Dame's 16. OhioState is a distant third on that list, having been ranked No. 1 eight times.

The Columbia men came up one poll short of being ranked No. 1 throughout the season's poll cycle – a feat accomplished four times in the past eight years, by Ohio State in 2006, Penn State in 2008, and Notre Dame in both 2009 and '11. Interestingly, in those four years only 2011 saw a men's team that had been No. 1 all season then lead its team to the NCAA Combined Men's and Women's Fencing title (Harvard was somewhat of a surprise winner in 2006, while OSU won in '08 and PSU in '09).

The Princeton women, of course, did in fact run the table in 2013-14 – both in terms of their won-loss record (31-0, for a 51-match unbeaten streak) and atop all four 2014 coaches polls. A team holding the top spot throughout the poll cycle has been much more common on the women's side – as Princeton is the seventh team to do so over the past 13 years (also St. John's in 2002, Penn State in '03, ND in '04, PSU again in '07, and ND once more in '08 plus '11). That 2011 season represents the only time that a college fencing program has seen both its men's and women's teams ranked No. 1 all season – and Notre Dame followed suit by winning the NCAA combined team title that season. 

That 2011 Notre Dame team was fronted by three senior sabre All-Americans – Avery Zuck, Barron Nydam and Eileen Hassett – plus a pair of NCAA champions in epeeist Courtney Hurley (an eventual 2012 Olympian) and freshman men's foilist Ariel DeSmet (teammate Gerek Meinhardt did not qualify for the 2011 NCAAs, due to injury). Zuck lost in the men's sabre final to another future Olympian, Daryl Homer of St. John's, while Hassett reached the medal round. That Notre Dame 12-fencer contingent included five others who earned 2011 All-America status – Reggie Bentley (foil), Nydam (sabre), Hayley Reese (foil), Ewa Nelip (epee) and Lian Osier (sabre) – while epeeists James Kaull and Brent Kelly, plus foilist Rachel Beck, chipped in some key wins as ND edged rival by Penn State by six points (174-168).

Of the five other previous women's teams to be ranked No. 1 throughout a poll cycle, only one other – Penn State in 2007 – capped the season as part of an NCAA combined team champion. The 2002 NCAA combined champion was Penn State (the St. John's women were #1 all season) while Notre Dame won the next year, in 2003, despite PSU having a women's team that had been No. 1 in all the polls. The following year, the situation was flipped on the Irish women, who had taken their turn as the No. 1 team in each 2004 poll only to see their growing regional rival Ohio State claim the big prize. The ND women again ran the table in the 2008 polls, but OSU again was the NCAA combined team champion for that season.

Returning to 2014, Notre Dame men tumbled from third place in the previous poll to a final ranking of 6th (97 voting points), allowing new #3 Harvard (121), Ohio State (119) and Princeton (106) each to bump up a spot. It equals the lowest ranking for the Notre Dame men in the 14-year history of the coaches poll and is the program's lowest since also ranking sixth in the final 2007 poll. St. John's (95) nearly knocked ND into the 7th position, with the Red Storm rising from 8th to 7th. Penn (93) slipped back a spot to 8th, while (9) Duke (69) and (10) Stanford (64) rounded out the top-10 in the final 2014 men's poll.

For the third straight poll, the Ohio State women (135) maintained a firm hold on the No. 2 position, followed by Harvard (120), Notre Dame (115) and Penn State (114) in the 3rd-5th spots. The Columbia women (103) slipped back from 4th to 6th, allowing both ND and PSU to move up one position. Surging St. John's (86) bumped up from 10th to 7th, while (8) Northwestern (74) moved up one spot. Temple (74) and Penn (67) completed the top-10 for the final 2014 women's poll.

The OSU women went 23-3 in the 2013-14 regular season, with two of their three losses coming against top-ranked Princeton.

The Harvard women were ranked in the top-3 of the entirety of one year's poll cycle (2–3–3–3) for the first time in the history of the rankings. The Princeton women now have been ranked No. 1 five times (also in the initial 2013 poll, ND was No. 1 the rest of that season), trailing only Notre Dame (20) and Penn State (9) for the most times ranked atop the women's poll.

The past few weeks have been relatively uncharted waters for Notre Dame, which is sending its lowest number of quarriers (10) to the NCAAs during the six-weapon era (since 2000). The Notre Dame men (6th) have matched their lowest rankings in the history of the coaches poll while the ND women's ranking in the March 7 poll (5th) was its lowest since ending 2007 fifth in the final poll for that season.

• Fencing Coaches Poll History (spreadsheets; 2001-14):  MEN  |  WOMEN  (courtesy CF360)

The annual college fencing coaches polls currently are determined by vote from 10 collegiate men’s fencing coaches and 10 from the women’s side. The poll is affiliated with the United States Fencing Coaches Association (USFCA) and administered by CollegeFencing360.com (CF360).

It's interesting to note that the three teams that have qualified the maximum 12 fencers for the 2014 NCAA Championships (plus one of the two who have 11) each have the same "combined poll standing" – if you add their men's and women's poll rankings, each adds up to six. Penn State is No. 1 in the men's poll but 5th in the women's, Princeton is the reverse of that, Ohio State has the No. 2 women and 4th-ranked men, and Harvard is ranked third in both polls.

Based on combined voting points (men + women), Penn State would rank first overall with 257, followed closely by Princeton at 256 and Ohio State at 254 – virtually a three-way tie among the three teams with the 12 entrants. Harvard is next at 241 (121 men, 120 women), followed by Columbia (235), Notre Dame (212), St. John's (181) and Penn (160).

>> In looking at 2014 NCAA men's qualifiers:
• Six teams have the maximum six men's entrants: Penn State, Ohio State, Princeton, Harvard, St. John's & Columbia
• Notre Dame (one epee) and Penn (one foil) have qualified five men's fencers
• Duke (only one in foil, one in epee) and Stanford (no sabre) each have four qualifiers
• Sacred Heart is the only team with three men's entrains (one foil, two epee)
• The teams sending two men's entrants include: 
Air Force (foil, sabre), Brandeis (foil, sabre), NYU (foil, sabre) and Yale (both in sabre)
• Finally, the single qualifiers: foilists from Cleveland State, NJIT and Wayne State … epeeists from Brown and MIT … and sabre entrants from UC San Diego and North Carolina

>> In terms of 2014 NCAA women's qualifiers:
• Penn State, Ohio State and Princeton of course have the max. six entrants (all others have five or fewer)
• Four are sending five: Harvard (one foil), St. John's (one sabre), Notre Dame (one sabre) and Northwestern (one foil)
• Three have four NCAA entrants: Columbia & Penn each have one entry in epee & sabre; Temple one in foil & sabre
• Those with three: 
Air Force (2 foil, 1 sabre), Brown (1 foil, 2 sabre), Stanford (2 epee, 1 sabre) & Yale (1 of each)
• There are two entrants from: Cornell (foil & epee), Sacred Heart (epee & sabre) and Wayne State (foil & sabre)
• Rounding out the 72 women's entrants are one each from Brandeis foil, Duke epee, MIT sabre and UNC sabre

Prior to 2014, no Columbia fencing team (men's or women's) had been ranked No. 1 in the nation, in the 14-year history of the coaches poll. The previous high ranking for the Columbia men was No. 2, in the final poll of the 2007 season (prior to the NCAAs). 

The six Columbia men’s entrants went on to go 93-51 at the 2007 NCAAs, the most men’s wins in that 2007 field (Columbia ended up third in the 2007 men’s/women’s combined format).

Note that plenty of additional notes (including detailed team info.) with the initial 2014 poll release are included below (be sure to check it out, scroll down a bit, look for the photos) ...

2014 Fencing Capsules from CF360:
Princeton  |  Penn State  |  Harvard  |  Notre Dame  |  Columbia  |  Ohio State
St. John's  |  U-Penn  | Northwestern  |  Temple  |  Stanford   
• Schedule/Result Links for all teams

The 4th/final 2014 CF360 Fencing Coaches Poll follows below (including all receiving votes). 

CollegeFencing360 Coaches Poll #4 – FINAL (March 18, 2014)
MEN  (first-place votes – Penn State 5, Columbia 5)
school (varsity dual-meet record) – voting points … previous rankings (3/7…2/6…1/22)
1. Penn State (21–3) – 143 voting points … (t1) ... (2) ... (2)
2. Columbia (27–3) – 132 … (t1) ... (1) … (1)
3. Harvard (12–6) – 121 … (4) ... (6) ... (5)
4. Ohio State (16–9) – 119 … (5) ... (4) ... (6)
5. Princeton (17–11) – 106 … (6) ... (5) ... (3)
6. Notre Dame (16–7) – 97 … (3) ... (3) ... (4)
7. St. John’s (12–7) – 95 … (8) ... (8) ... (7)
8. Pennsylvania (18–10) – 93 … (7) ... (7) ... (8)
9. Duke (20–8) – 69 … (9) ... (10) ... (–)
10. Stanford (10–4) – 64 … (10) ... (9) ... (10)
Also Receiving Votes (panel submits top-15) – Brown 38 (9th in poll #1), Sacred Heart 34, Brandeis 27, North Carolina 20, Yale 18, Air Force 11, UC San Diego 7, Johns Hopkins 3 and NYU 3
Notes – the earlier No. 1 was the highest ranking ever by any Columbia fencing team (men or women), since college fencing coaches poll debuted in 2001.

WOMEN  (first-place votes – Princeton 10)
school (varsity dual-meet record) – voting points … previous rankings (3/7 … 2/6 … 1/22)
1. Princeton (31–0) – 150 voting points … (1) ... (1) ... (1)
2. Ohio State (23–3) – 135 … (2) ... (2) ... (5)
3. Harvard (15–4) – 120 … (3) ... (3) ... (2)
4. Notre Dame (15–8) – 115 … (5) ... (4) ... (3)
5. Penn State (15–10) – 114 … (6) ... (6) ... (4)
6. Columbia (23–7) – 103 … (4) ... (5) ... (6)
7. St. John's (8–12) – 86 … (10) ... (10) ... (10)
8. Northwestern (24–9) – 81 … (9) ... (9) ... (7)
9. Temple (28–8) – 74 … (7) ... (8) ... (9)
10. Pennsylvania (18–8) – 67 … (8) ... (7) ... (8)

Also Receiving Votes (panel submits top-15) – Stanford 43, Brown 33, Cornell 22, Duke 18, Air Force 15, Yale 8, North Carolina 6, Sacred Heart 6, Brandeis 2, MIT 1 and Wayne State 1
Note – the earlier No. 7 equaled the highest ranking for Temple in recorded poll history (highest since mid-2012)

Voting Panel – Michael Aufrichtig (Columbia), Alex Beguinet (Duke; men's poll only), Janusz Bednarski (Notre Dame), Zoltan Dudas (Princeton), Sydney Fadner (Boston College), Nikki Franke (Temple; votes on women's poll only), Wes Glon (Penn State), Josh Runyan (UC San Diego), Laurie Schiller (Northwestern), Bill Shipman (Brandeis) and Tom Vrabel (Sacred Heart).

Poll Notes: coach Beguinet votes only on the men's poll and coach Franke votes only on the women’s poll; there are 10 voters for each poll – four from the Northeast region, three from the Mid-Atlantic/South, two from the Midwest and one from the West; the amount of voters per region (4-3-2-1) is in approximate ratio to the amount of schools in each region that sponsor varsity fencing – 18 in the Northeast, 13 in the Mid-Atlantic/South, 7 in the Midwest and 4 in the West ... seven of these schools sponsor only a varsity women's fencing team: CCNY, Cornell, Fairleigh Dickinson, Northwestern, Queens, Temple, Tufts and Wellesley.

• Fencing Coaches Poll History (spreadsheets; 2001-14):  MEN  |  WOMEN  (courtesy CF360)

PDF lists of top returners from 2013 fencing season (indicated by highlighting):
from NCAA Championships  |  from Northeast Regional … 
Mid-Atlantic/South Reg. ... Midwest Reg. ... West Reg.

• Schedule/Result Links for all teams  |  CLICK HERE for quick rundown of 2013-14 results

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March 7, 2014
CF360 FENCING COACHES POLL #3        
Contact: Pete LaFleur (editor@collegefencing360.com)
(all content courtesy of College Fencing 360; please credit and link accordingly)

Men: co-1–Columbia, co-1–Penn State, 3–Notre Dame, 4–Harvard, 5–Ohio State, 
6–Princeton, 7–Univ. of Pennsylvania, 8–St. John’s, 9–Duke, 10–Stanford 

Women: 1–Princeton, 2–Ohio State, 3–Harvard, 4–Columbia, 5–Notre Dame,
6–Penn State, 7–Temple, 8–Univ. of Pennsylvania, 9–Northwestern & 10–St. John’s

(scroll down for full release/notes & complete rankings, w/ all others receiving votes)        

• Schedule/Result Links for all teams

The third edition of the CollegeFencing360.com Coaches Poll for 2014 has been released and there now is a tie between COLUMBIA (27-3) and PENN STATE (21-3) atop the men's rankings, with 144 voting points each (max. of 150). Columbia – ranked No. 1 in the previous two 2014 polls – received six of the 10 first-place votes, with Penn State receiving the other four. The co-#1s have split two head-to-head matchups this season, with Columbia winning at Penn State on Jan. 11 (15-12) while PSU took the rematch two weeks later (14-13, at St. John's). Columbia was edged by current #6 Princeton, 14-13, in the final round of the Ivy League Championship while dropping a 15-12 home dual meet vs. unranked Sacred Heart (several top Columbia fencers did not compete in that loss). Penn State's other two losses came in late-Jan. bouting at St. John's, against the current #3 and #4 teams (12-15 vs. Notre Dame, 11-16 vs. Harvard).

The unbeaten PRINCETON women (31-0), who are riding a 51-match unbeaten streak during dual-meet action, remain a unanimous #1. The Ohio State women (23-3; 135 voting pts) – with two of their three losses in 2013-14 coming against top-ranked Princeton – still are firmly in the No. 2 spot, while Harvard (15-4; 123) maintained the third spot in the women's poll. Columbia (23-7; 117) and Notre Dame (15-8) round out the women's top-5, with those teams flipping spots since the previous polling.

• Fencing Coaches Poll History (spreadsheets; 2001-14):  MEN  |  WOMEN  (courtesy CF360)

The Notre Dame men (16-7; 116) have held onto the No. 3 spot, while Ivy League co-champion Harvard (12-6; 114) climbed from 6th to 4th, with current No. 5 Ohio State (16-9; 112) and 6th-ranked Princeton (17-11; 94) each sliding back one position. The rest of the current men's top-10 (7th-10th) includes: Pennsylvania (18-10; 92), St. John's (12-7; 83), Duke (20-8; 74) and Stanford (10-4; 61), with theses final two spots flip-flopping from the previous poll

The rest of the current women's top-10 (6th-10th) includes: Penn State (15-10; 104), Temple (28-8; 86), Pennsylvania (18-8; 81), Northwestern (24-9; 75) and St. John's (8-12; 59). Temple was ninth in the first 2014 poll but has bumped up a spot in each of the updates, with the #7 rank matching its highest in the history of the coaches poll (the Owls most recently were #7 in mid-2012).

The annual college fencing coaches polls currently are determined by vote from 10 collegiate men’s fencing coaches and 10 from the women’s side. The poll is affiliated with the United States Fencing Coaches Association (USFCA) and administered by CollegeFencing360.com (CF360). The fourth and final 2014 poll will be released in mid-March (prior to the 2014 NCAA Championships, to be held March 20-23 at Ohio State).

Prior to 2014, no Columbia fencing team (men's or women's) had been ranked No. 1 in the nation, in the 14-year history of the coaches poll. The previous high ranking for the Columbia men was No. 2, in the final poll of the 2007 season (prior to the NCAAs). The six Columbia men’s entrants went on to go 93-51 at the 2007 NCAAs, the most men’s wins in that 2007 field (Columbia ended up third in the 2007 men’s/women’s combined format).

Based on combined voting points (men + women), Columbia would rank first overall with 259, followed by Princeton (251), Ohio State (250), Penn Stare (246), Harvard (235), Notre Dame (227) and Penn (172).

Note that plenty of additional notes (including detailed team info.) with the initial 2014 poll release are included below (be sure to check it out, scroll down a bit, look for the photos) ...

2014 Fencing Capsules from CF360:
Princeton  |  Penn State  |  Harvard  |  Notre Dame  |  Columbia  |  Ohio State
St. John's  |  U-Penn  | Northwestern  |  Temple  |  Stanford      • Schedule/Result Links for all teams

The third 2014 CF360 Fencing Coaches Poll follows below (including all receiving votes). 

CollegeFencing360 Coaches Poll #3 (March 7, 2014)
MEN  (first-place votes – Columbia 6, Penn State 4)
school (varsity dual-meet record) – voting points … previous rankings (2–6–14 & 1–22–14)
co-1. Columbia (27–3) – 144 voting points … (1) … (1)
co-1. Penn State (21–3) – 144 … (2) ... (2)
3. Notre Dame (16–7) – 116 … (3) ... (4)
4. Harvard (12–6) – 114 … (6) ... (5)
5. Ohio State (16–9) – 112 … (4) ... (6)
6. Princeton (17–11) – 94 … (5) ... (3)
7. Pennsylvania (18–10) – 92 … (7) ... (8)
8. St. John’s (12–7) – 83 … (8) ... (7)
9. Duke (20–8) – 74 … (10) ... (–)
10. Stanford (10–4) – 61 … (9) ... (10)
Also Receiving Votes (panel submits top-15) – Brown 50 (9th in poll #1), North Carolina 34, Brandeis 28, Sacred Heart 22, Yale 18, UC San Diego 10, Johns Hopkins 3, Stevens Tech 1
Notes – this is the highest ranking ever by any Columbia fencing team (men or women), since college fencing coaches poll debuted in 2001.

WOMEN  (first-place votes – Princeton 10)
school (varsity dual-meet record) – voting points … previous rankings (2–6–14 & 1–22–14)
1. Princeton (31–0) – 150 voting points … (1) ... (1)
2. Ohio State (23–3) – 135 … (2) ... (5)
3. Harvard (15–4) – 123 … (3) ... (2)
4. Columbia (23–7) – 117 … (5) ... (6)
5. Notre Dame (15–8) – 113 … (4) ... (3)
6. Penn State (15–10) – 104 … (6) ... (4)
7. Temple (28–8) – 86 … (8) ... (9)
8. Pennsylvania (18–8) – 81 … (7) ... (8)
9. Northwestern (24–9) – 75 … (9) ... (7)
10. St. John's (8–12) – 59 … (10) ... (10)
Also Receiving Votes (panel submits top-15) – Stanford 41, Cornell 34, Duke 29, Brown 25, North Carolina 12, Sacred Hart 4, Boston College 3, Sacred Heart 3, Yale 3, Brandeis 2, Johns Hopkins 1
Note – this equals the highest ranking for Temple in recorded poll history (highest since mid-2012)

Voting Panel – Michael Aufrichtig (Columbia), Alex Beguinet (Duke; men's poll only), Janusz Bednarski (Notre Dame), Zoltan Dudas (Princeton), Sydney Fadner (Boston College), Nikki Franke (Temple; votes on women's poll only), Wes Glon (Penn State), Josh Runyan (UC San Diego), Laurie Schiller (Northwestern), Bill Shipman (Brandeis) and Tom Vrabel (Sacred Heart).

Poll Notes: coach Beguinet votes only on the men's poll and coach Franke votes only on the women’s poll; there are 10 voters for each poll – four from the Northeast region, three from the Mid-Atlantic/South, two from the Midwest and one from the West; the amount of voters per region (4-3-2-1) is in approximate ratio to the amount of schools in each region that sponsor varsity fencing – 18 in the Northeast, 13 in the Mid-Atlantic/South, 7 in the Midwest and 4 in the West ... seven of these schools sponsor only a varsity women's fencing team: CCNY, Cornell, Fairleigh Dickinson, Northwestern, Queens, Temple, Tufts and Wellesley.

• Fencing Coaches Poll History (spreadsheets; 2001-14):  MEN  |  WOMEN  (courtesy CF360)

PDF lists of top returners from 2013 fencing season (indicated by highlighting):
from NCAA Championships  |  from Northeast Regional 
... Mid-Atlantic/South Reg. ... Midwest Reg. ... West Reg.

• Schedule/Result Links for all teams  |  CLICK HERE for quick rundown of 2013-14 results

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Feb. 6, 2014   
C
F360 FENCING COACHES POLL #2:  
Contact: Pete LaFleur (editor@collegefencing360.com)
(all content courtesy of College Fencing 360; please credit and link accordingly)

Men: 1–Columbia, 2–Penn State, 3–Notre Dame, 4–Ohio State, 5–Princeton, 
6–Harvard, 7–Univ. of Pennsylvania, 8–St. John’s, 9–Stanford & 10–Duke

Women: 1–Princeton, 2–Ohio State, 3–Harvard, 4–Notre Dame, 5–Columbia,
6–Penn State, 7–Univ. of Pennsylvania, 8–Temple, 9–Northwestern & 10–St. John’s

(scroll down for full release/notes & complete rankings, including all others receiving votes … )        

• Schedule/Result Links for all teams

The second edition of the CollegeFencing360.com Coaches Poll for 2014 has been released and the top spots remain unchanged, although both teams now are a unanimous No. 1 (150 voting points) – the once-beaten Columbia men (22-1) and the unbeaten Princeton women (21-0), who are riding a 41-match unbeaten streak during dual-meet action. The surging Ohio State women (19-2; 138 voting pts) – whose only losses in 2013-14 have come against top-ranked Princeton – have climbed from No. 5 to No. 2 in the current CF360 Coaches Poll, followed by the women's teams from Harvard (121), Notre Dame (113) and Columbia (112). The Harvard and Notre Dame women both have slipped back one spot in the rankings while the Columbia women have bumped up from 6th to 5th (the Penn State women, 99 pts, dropped from 4th to 6th).

• Fencing Coaches Poll History (spreadsheets; 2001-14):  MEN  |  WOMEN  (courtesy CF360)

The Penn State men (13-3; 134 voting pts) – which own the only win over Columba in 2013-14 – have maintained their spot at No. 2, while three teams are closely bunched in the 3rd-5th spots of the current men's poll: Notre Dame (116), Ohio State (112) and Princeton (108). Ohio State climbed two spots from its previous No. 6, while Notre Dame moved up one position and Princeton dropped from 3rd to 5th (current No. 6 Harvard, 94 pts, slipped back one spot). The rest of the men's current top-10 (7th-10th) includes: the University of Pennsylvania (93), St. John's (90), Stanford (69) and Duke (63), which is back in the top-10 after previous No. 9 Brown slipped outside the top-10. Penn and St. John's flipped spots from the previous poll.

The rest of the current women's top-10 (7th-10th) includes: Pennsylvania (89), Temple (87), Northwestern (73) and St. John's (67). Penn and Temple both bumped up one spot, while Northwestern fell back from 7th to 9th.

The annual college fencing coaches polls currently are determined by vote from 10 collegiate men’s fencing coaches and 10 from the women’s side. The poll is affiliated with the United States Fencing Coaches Association (USFCA) and administered by CollegeFencing360.com (CF360). Additional 2014 updated polls will be released in late-Feb./early March and then finally in mid-March (prior to the 2014 NCAA Championships, to be held March 20-23 at Ohio State).

Prior to 2014, no Columbia fencing team (men's or women's) had been ranked No. 1 in the nation, in the 14-year history of the coaches poll. The previous high ranking for the Columbia men was No. 2, in the final poll of the 2007 season (prior to the NCAAs). The six Columbia men’s entrants went on to go 93-51 at the 2007 NCAAs, the most men’s wins in that 2007 field (Columbia ended up third in the 2007 men’s/women’s combined format).

Based on combined voting points (men + women), Columbia would rank first overall with 262, followed by Princeton (258), Ohio State (250), Penn Stare (233), Notre Dame (229), Harvard (215) and Penn (182).

Despite losing a pair of All-Americans – epeeist Katarzyna Dabrowa (2012 NCAA champion) and Allison Miller in sabre – from the 2013 team, the Ohio State women went unbeaten during their weekend in New York City (11-0, at the NYU and St. John's invitationals) before going 6-1 at the recent Northwestern Invitational. The OSU women's unbeaten weekend in NYC included three 14-13 wins and two others by 15-12 margins. Over the course of the 2013-14 season, the Buckeyes women have racked up 12 wins over current top-10 teams: Harvard, Notre Dame (2), Columbia (2), Penn State, Penn (2), Temple, Northwestern and St. John's (2). The only 2013-14 losses for the OSU women have come against top-ranked Princeton: 8-19 on Nov. 23 (at Princeton) and 12-15 at Northwestern (Feb. 2).

The Columbia men raced out to a 21-0 record in 2013-14 before being edged by No. 2 Penn State, 14-13, at the St. John's Invitational on Jan. 26. All four of Columbia's wins that day at St. John's came by scores of 15-12. 

2014 Fencing Capsules from CF360:
Princeton  |  Penn State  |  Harvard  |  Notre Dame  |  Columbia  |  Ohio State
St. John's  |  U-Penn  | Northwestern  |  Temple  |  Stanford      • Schedule/Result Links for all teams

Note that plenty of additional notes with the initial 2014 poll release are included below ...

The second 2014 CF360 Fencing Coaches Poll follows below (including all receiving votes). 

CollegeFencing360 Coaches Poll #2 (Feb. 6, 2014)
MEN  (first-place votes – Columbia 10)
(school (varsity dual-meet record) – voting points … previous ranking, 1–22–14)
1. Columbia (22–1) – 150 voting points … (1)
2. Penn State (13–3) – 134 … (2)
3. Notre Dame (13–6) – 116 … (4)
4. Ohio State (13–8) – 112… (6)
5. Princeton (14–5) – 108 … (3)
6. Harvard (5–5) – 94 … (5)
7. Pennsylvania (14–6) – 93 … (8)
8. St. John’s (9–6) – 90 … (7)
9. Stanford (10–4) – 69 … (10)
10. Duke (15–5) – 63 ... (9)
Also Receiving Votes (panel submits top-15) – Brown 49 (9th in prev. poll), North Carolina 44, UC San Diego 30, Yale 27, Sacred Heart 10, NYU 4, MIT 3, Air Force 2, Brandeis 1, Stevens Tech 1.  
Notes – this is the highest ranking ever by any Columbia fencing team (men or women), since college fencing coaches poll debuted in 2001.

WOMEN  (first-place votes – Princeton 10)
(school (varsity dual-meet record) – voting points … previous ranking, 1–22–14)
1. Princeton (21–0) – 150 voting points … (1)
2. Ohio State (19–2) – 138 … (5)
3. Harvard (7–3) – 121 … (2)
4. Notre Dame (10–8) – 113 … (3)
5. Columbia (17–5) – 112 … (6)
6. Penn State (8–9) – 99 … (4)
7. Pennsylvania (15–5) – 89 … (8)
8. Temple (21–6) – 87 … (9)
9. Northwestern (21–6) – 73 … (7)
10. St. John's (8–8) – 67 … (10)
Also Receiving Votes (panel submits top-15) – Stanford 38, Cornell 34, Brown 30, Duke 14, Boston College 8, North Carolina 8, Yale 8, Air Force 4, Brandeis 3, Johns Hopkins 1, Sacred Heart 1, UC San Diego 1 & Tufts 1.

Voting Panel – Michael Aufrichtig (Columbia), Alex Beguinet (Duke; men's poll only), Janusz Bednarski (Notre Dame), Zoltan Dudas (Princeton), Sydney Fadner (Boston College), Nikki Franke (Temple; votes on women's poll only), Wes Glon (Penn State), Josh Runyan (UC San Diego), Laurie Schiller (Northwestern), Bill Shipman (Brandeis) and Tom Vrabel (Sacred Heart).

Poll Notes: coach Beguinet votes only on the men's poll and coach Franke votes only on the women’s poll; there are 10 voters for each poll – four from the Northeast region, three from the Mid-Atlantic/South, two from the Midwest and one from the West; the amount of voters per region (4-3-2-1) is in approximate ratio to the amount of schools in each region that sponsor varsity fencing – 18 in the Northeast, 13 in the Mid-Atlantic/South, 7 in the Midwest and 4 in the West ... seven of these schools sponsor only a varsity women's fencing team: CCNY, Cornell, Fairleigh Dickinson, Northwestern, Queens, Temple, Tufts and Wellesley.

• Fencing Coaches Poll History (spreadsheets; 2001-14):  MEN  |  WOMEN

PDF lists of top returners from 2013 fencing season (indicated by highlighting):
from NCAA Championships  |  from Northeast Regional 
... Mid-Atlantic/South Reg. ... Midwest Reg. ... West Reg.

• Schedule/Result Links for all teams  |  CLICK HERE for quick rundown of 2013-14 results

• • • • 

 Jan. 22, 2014   
CF360 FENCING COACHES POLL #1
       
Contact: Pete LaFleur (editor@collegefencing360.com)
(all content courtesy of College Fencing 360; please credit and link accordingly)

Men – Columbia, Penn State, Princeton, Notre Dame, Harvard,
Ohio State, St. Jhn’s, Univ. of Pennsylvania, Brown & Stanford

Women – Princeton, Harvard, Notre Dame, Penn State, Ohio State,
Columbia, Northwestern, Univ. of Pennsylvania, Temple & St. John’s

(scroll down for  full reease/notes & complete rankings, including all others receiving votes … )        

• Schedule/Result Links for all teams







Sophomore foilist Adam Mathieu (above right, in blue sock, fencing in the 2013 NCAAs vs. Notre Dame veteran and current world No. 1 Gerek Meinhardt) and the rest of his fairly young teammates are part of the first Columbia fencing team (men's or women's) ever to be ranked No. 1. – photo by Pete LaFleur/CollegeFencing360.com; all rights reserved


The first edition of the CollegeFencing360.com Coaches Poll for 2014 has yielded some historic results in the 14-year history of the collegiate fencing poll (2001-14). The COLUMBIA men have received the No. 1 ranking for the first time in program history (men or women) while the BROWN men have cracked the top-10 (9th) for the first time in their program history (men or women). It’s a landmark day all-around for Ivy League fencing, as the Princeton women join the Columbia men as near-consensus No. 1 picks in their respective polls, while the Harvard women own the highest ranking (No. 2) in their program history.

The annual college fencing coaches polls currently are determined by vote from 10 collegiate men’s fencing coaches and 10 from the women’s side. The poll is sponsored by the United States Fencing Coaches Association (USFCA) and administered by CollegeFencing360.com (CF360). Updated polls will be released in  early February, late-Feb. and then finally in mid-March (prior to the 2014 NCAA Championships, to be held March 20-23 at Ohio State).

The unbeaten Columbia men (13-0) – buoyed by a fall-semester victory over Princeton (19-8) and a recent head-to-head win versus homestanding Penn State (15-12) – received nine of the 10 first-place votes and 148 of the possible 150 voting points. The Penn State men are firmly in the second spot (140; one 1st-place vote), followed by Princeton (121), Notre Dame (114) and Harvard (111). The rest of the men’s top-10 (6th-10th) includes: Ohio State (95), St. John’s (82), the University of Pennsylvania (78), Brown (64) and Stanford (62).

2012 U.S. Olympian and 2013 NCAA epee runner-up Susie Scanlan (left) leads a top-ranked Princeton women's fencing team featuring ridiculous depth throughout its lineup.
– photo by Pete LaFleur (College Fencing 360); all rights reserved


On the women’s side, Princeton received 147 of the possible 150 voting points (eight of 10 first-place votes) for a comfortable margin ahead of Harvard (124; one 1st-place vote), which edged third-place Notre Dame (120), followed by Penn State (118) and Ohio State (110). The balance of the women’s top-10 (6th-10th) includes: Columbia (106; one 1st-place vote), Northwestern (89), the Univ. of Pennsylvania (81), Temple (80) and St. John’s (57).

This is the highest ranking for the Harvard women since the 2010 team was No. 3 in the initial poll that season. That Crimson women’s team featured eventual 2010 NCAA sabre champion Caroline Vloka and epee runnr-up Noam Mills.


2014 Fencing Capsules from CF360:
Princeton  |  Penn State  |  Harvard  |  Notre Dame  |  Columbia  |  Ohio State
St. John's  |  U-Penn  | Northwestern  |  Temple  |  Stanford  |  Brown         • Schedule/Result Links for all teams

Defending NCAA champion Princeton is the only fencing program with both its men’s (3rd) and women’s (1st) teams among the top-3 in the respective polls. Penn State has both of its teams among the top-4 (No. 2 men; No. 4 women), as does Notre Dame with the 4th-ranked men’s team and the No. 3 women. Based on combined voting points (men + women), Princeton would rank first overall with 268, followed by Penn State (258), Columbia (254), Harvard (235), Notre Dame (234), Ohio State (205), U-Penn (159) and St. John’s (139). 

The full initial 2014 CF360 Fencing Coaches Poll follows below (including all receiving votes). 
Note that plenty of additional notes also are included below ...

CollegeFencing360 Coaches Poll #1 (Jan. 22, 2014)
MEN  (first-place votes – Columbia 9, Penn State 1)
(school (varsity dual-meet record) – voting points ... final 2013 ranking)
1. Columbia (13-0 – 148 voting points … (7)  
2. Penn State (10-1) – 140 … (1) 
3. Princeton (7-2) – 121 … (3)
4. Notre Dame (0-0) – 114 … (2) 
5. Harvard (4-1) – 111 … (4)
6. Ohio State (2-1) – 95… (6)
7. St. John’s (4-1) – 82 … (5)
8. Pennsylvania (3-4) – 78 … (8)
9. Brown (5-0) – 64 ... – 
10. Stanford (3-0) – 62 … (9)
Also Receiving Votes (panel submits top-15) – Duke 49 (10th in final 2013 poll), North Carolina 43, Yale 33, Sacred Heart 25, Air Force 9, UC San Diego 8, Brandeis 5, Stevens Tech 5, MIT 4, NYU 4.

Notes – this is the highest ranking ever by any Columbia fencing team (men or women), since college fencing coaches poll debuted in 2001; also believed to be first time any Brown team (men or women) has been in the top-10.

WOMEN  (first-place votes – Princeton 8, Columbia 1, Harvard 1)
(school – voting points ... final 2013 poll)
1. Princeton (8-1) – 147 voting points … (2)
2. Harvard (5-0) – 124 … (7)
3. Notre Dame (0-0) – 120 … (1)
4. Penn State (8-3) – 118 … (6)
5. Ohio State (2-1) – 110 … (4)
6. Columbia (9-3) – 106 … (3)
7. Northwestern (6-0) – 89 … (8)
8. Pennsylvania (5-2) – 81 … (t10)
9. Temple (6-3) – 80 … (9)
10. St. John's (4-2) – 57 … (5)
Also Receiving Votes (panel submits top-15) – Brown 38, Cornell 37, Duke 29 (t-10th in final 2013 poll), Stanford 28, Yale 9, North Carolina 8, Air Force 6, Sacred Heart 4, Boston College 3, UC San Diego 3, Brandeis 2, Johns Hopkins 1.
Note – this is believed to be the highest ranking for the Harvard women in the 14-year history of the college fencing coaches poll.

Voting Panel – Michael Aufrichtig (Columbia), Alex Beguinet (Duke; men's poll only), Janusz Bednarski (Notre Dame), Zoltan Dudas (Princeton), Sydney Fadner (Boston College), Nikki Franke (Temple; votes on women's poll only),  Wes Glon (Penn State), Josh Runyan (UC San Diego), Laurie Schiller (Northwestern), Bill Shipman (Brandeis) and Tom Vrabel (Sacred Heart).

Poll Notes: coach Beguinet votes only on the men's poll and coach Franke votes only on the women’s poll; there are 10 voters for each poll – four from the Northeast region, three from the Mid-Atlantic/South, two from the Midwest and one from the West; the amount of voters per region (4-3-2-1) is in approximate ratio to the amount of schools in each region that sponsor varsity fencing – 18 in the Northeast, 13 in the Mid-Atlantic/South, 7 in the Midwest and 4 in the West ... seven of these schools sponsor only a varsity women's fencing team: CCNY, Cornell, Fairleigh Dickinson, Northwestern, Queens, Temple, Tufts and Wellesley.

• Fencing Coaches Poll History (spreadsheets; 2001-14):  MEN  |  WOMEN

PDF lists of top returners from 2013 fencing season (indicated by highlighting):
from NCAA Championships  |  from Northeast Regional
from Mid-Atlantic/South Regional  |  from Midwest Regional  |  from West Regional

• Schedule/Result Links for all teams
CLICK HERE
 for quick rundown of 2013-14 results


ADDITIONAL NOTES BELOW on initial 2014 college fencing poll ...

Prior to this initial 2014 poll, the Princeton and Columbia fencing programs (men and women) had combined for only two No. 1 rankings spanning the 14-year history of the coaches poll – by the Tigers women in the final 2012 poll and in the initial 2013 rankings. Three schools – Notre Dame (36), Penn State (22) and Ohio State (11) – have combined to earn 87 percent (69 of 79) of the No. 1 rankings (men and women) that are on record for the 14-year history of the collegiate fencing poll. Only five other fencing programs have produced a No. 1-ranked team: St. John’s (5), Princeton (3) and one each from Stanford, Harvard and now Columbia. (Note that the No. 1 women’s teams from the three 2001 polls have yet to be confirmed).

The 14-year history of the men’s fencing poll has included Notre Dame in the No. 1 position 16 times (none since 2011), followed by Penn State (13; including final 2013 poll, Ohio State (8; most recently on initial 2013 poll), St. John’s (2; most recent in 2004), Stanford (1; initial 2001 poll), Harvard (1; initial 2007 poll) and now Columbia (1). Starting with the 2002 season, the Notre Dame women have held down the top spot in 20 of the 38 coaches polls during that span (including the final three in 2013), followed by Penn State (9; most recently on the initial 2012 poll and three each from St. John’s (all in 2002), Ohio State (most recently 2012 midseason) and Princeton. Prior to the four polls released in the 2013 season, the fencing coaches poll had three release dates each year from 2001-12.








Notre Dame sr. men's foilist Ariel DeSmet (above) – who won the NCAA title as a freshman in 2011 – is one of several elite fencers who will be on display this weekend in NYC, during college fencing events at NYU and St. John’s.    photo by Pete LaFleur (College Fencing 360); all rights reserved


HUGE WEEKEND ON TAP – It should be noted that collegiate fencing teams, in recent years, have begun to hold more dual meets during the fall semester and early January (such as the recent Penn State Invitational). The annual USFCA poll traditionally has been a mid-January release, allowing for team rosters to be finalized while – over the past few years – being released in advance of the biggest weekend of high-end competition during the collegiate fencing regular season. Such a huge weekend is quickly approaching (Jan. 25-26), with four dual-meet tournaments to showcase an assortment of elite teams. Most of the top-10 teams are in action this weekend, all except for the Princeton men and women, and the Stanford men:

• Sat., Jan. 25–Sun., Jan. 26 (Philadelphia Invitational; at U-Penn; men Sat./women Sun.)
– field includes: Penn (#8 men & women), Northwestern (#7 women), Temple (#9 women), Cornell (women), Duke, North Carolina, Sacred Heart, Johns Hopkins, Fairleigh Dickinson (women), Haverford, Drew, NJIT & Lafayette

• Sat., Jan. 25 (NYU Invitational)
– field includes: Columbia (#1 men/#6 women), Notre Dame (#4 men/#3 women), Ohio State (#6 men/#5 women), St. John’s (#7 men/#10 women), Northwestern (#7 women), North Carolina (men), Yale, NYU & Wayne State

• Sat., Jan. 25 (Northeast Fencing Conf. meet #2; at Boston College)
– field includes Brown (#9 men), Boston College, Brandeis, MIT, Vassar & Tufts (varsity women; men’s club team), plus Darmouth & Smith club teams

• Sun., Jan. 26 (St. John’s Invitational)
– field includes Penn State (#2 men/#4 women), Columbia (#1 men/#6 women), Harvard (#4 men/#2 women), Notre Dame (#4 men/#3 women), Ohio State (#6 men/#5 women) & St. John’s (#7 men/#10 women)


QUICK NOTES ON TOP-5 TEAMS

• (1) COLUMBIA men – return 10 of 11 participants from the 2013 NCAA Northeast Regional and all five 2013 NCAA entrants, led by three All-Americans: junior left-handed sabre standout Will Spear (5th in ’12 & ’13 NCAAs), sophomore foilist Brian Ro (6th in ’13) and sabre junior Michael Josephs (11th in ’12, 10th in ’13) … Spear's brother Jeff also fenced at Columbia and was a member of the 2012 Olympic team ... two years ago, as a freshman, Alex Hadzic reached the 2012 NCAA men’s epee final, but his sophomore season at Columbia took an unusual twist as he was black-carded at the 2013 Regional and thus could not qualify for the ’13 NCAAs (Hadzic is taking the year off from collegiate fencing but could return in 2014-15) ... in the past, Columbia’s first meets have come inlate Jan. but the Lions already have competed in the fall semester plus earier this month, winning all 13 of their dual meets (with the more noteworthy victories coming against Penn State, Princeton and Duke).
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CLICK HERE for more in-depth team capsules on Columbia men and women

Junior Kat Holmes (above) is part of Princeton's tremendous epee depth.
 – photo by Pete LaFleur (College Fencing 360); all rights reserved


• (1) PRINCETON women – return 9 of 11 participants from the 2013 NCAA Mid-Atlantic/South Regional and five of six 2013 NCAA entrants, all of them All-Americans: 2012 epee Olympian and 2013 NCAA runner-up Susannah Scanlan (also 5th in ’09, 7th in ’10), sabre so. Gracie Stone (3rd in ’13), jr. epeeist Kat Holmes (3rd in ’12, 5th in ’13), jr. foilist Ambika Singh (10th in ‘12, 9th in '13) and sr. foilist Eve Levin (2nd in ‘12, 12th in ’12, 10th in ’13) … the 2014 Tigers women boast four fencers (covering all three weapons) who all have reached the medal round in previous NCAA Championships: Scanlan, Levin, Holmes and Stone ... Gracie’s sister, 2013 NCAA champ Eliza Stone (8th in ’10, 2nd in ’11, 3rd in ’12) will be hard to repace, but the Tigers have ridiculous depth in all three women’s weapons ... he Princeton women won all eight of their dual meets in the fall, including victories over Penn State, Ohio State, Columbia and Penn.
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CLICK HERE for more in-depth team capsules on Princeton men and women

Current Harvard senior Alex Kiefer (left) and her sister Lee Kiefer (now a sophomore at Notre Dame) both have won NCAA foil titles as freshmen (Alex in 2011 and Lee in 2013). – photo by Pete LaFleur (College Fencing 360); all rights reserved

• (2) HARVARD women – return 9 of 11 participants from the 2013 NCAA Mid-Atlantic/South Regional and all five of their 2013 NCAA entrants, led by three All-Americans: sr. Alex Kiefer (2011 NCAA champion, also 11th in ’12, 6th in ’13), so. epeeist Nina Van Loon (11th in ’13) and sabre so. Aliya Itzkowitz (12th in ’13) ... jr. epeeist Emma Vaggo is a two-time NCAA entrant who narrowly missed All-America status in 2012 and ’13 (14th both seasons) … the Crimson sabre squad should get a boost from the addition of fr. (Middle Village, N.Y.) … – CLICK HERE for more in-depth team capsules on Harvard men and women


Penn State senior Adrian Bak (right) could be back in the mix for the NCAA sabre title in 2014, after losing a heartbreaking 15-14 semifinal to eventual champ Michael Mills (Penn) in 2013. 
– photo by Pete LaFleur
(College Fencing 360); all rights reserved






• (2) PENN STATE men – return 8 of 12 participants from the 2013 NCAA Mid-Atlantic/South Regional and two of six 2013 NCAA entrants, both of them three-time All-Americans with NCAA medal-round experience: two-time NCAA foil runner-up David Willette (’10 & ’13; also 3rd in ’11) and saber sr. Adrian Bak (7th in ’11, 6th in ’12, 3rd in ’13) ... PSU has some big slots to fill, most notably with the departure of four-time NCAA foil semifinalist Miles Chamley-Watson (the 2013 world champion) and the transfer of 2013 NCAA sabre runner-up Shaul Gordon ... there still is plenty of depth on the foil squad, including so Nobuo Bravo (placed 3rd at ’13 Regional) ... promising fr. epeeist Conor Shepard did not fence at the recent Penn State Invitational, but PSU is hopeful for his return to active status soon ... the squad also has a top sabre newcomer in f. Adam Lewicki ... Penn State’s only blemish so far (12-1), spanning some fall bouts and the recent home event, was the 12-15 loss to Columbia (top wins have come vs. Princeton, Harvard, Penn and Duke).
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CLICK HERE for more in-depth team capsules on Penn State men and women

• (3) PRINCETON men – return 6 of 11 participants from the 2013 NCAA Mid-Atlantic/South Regional and four of six 2013 NCAA entrants, two of them All-Americans: so. foilist Michael Dudey (5th) and sabre senior Robert Stone (7th at ’13 NCAAs, 22nd in ’12), who combined with his sabre sisters Eliza and Gracie Stone to help the Tigers win the 2013 NCAA team title ... the team’s other senior sabre veteran, Phil Dershwitz, reached the NCAA semfiinals in 2012 (18th in ’11, 14th in ’13) ... the Tigers must replace their elite epee due of 2013 seniors Jonathan Yergler (2012 NCAA champ, runner-up in ’11 & ’13, 9th in ’10) and Ed Kelley (’13 semifinalist, 8th in ’12) ... top options to fill that void include jr. Luke Politi (11th at ’13 Regional) and highly-rated freshman Alex Houe (Upton, Mass.) ... the Princeton men went 7-2 during their fall dual meets, losng 8-19 to Columbia and 7-20 vs. Penn State (with top wins over Ohio State and Penn).
– CLICK HERE for more in-depth team capsules on Princeton men and women


2012 Olympic quarterfinalist and 2013 NCAA women's foil champion Lee Kiefer (above) returns for her second season at Notre Dame in 2014.  – photo by Pete LaFleur (College Fencing 360); all rights reserved

• (3) NOTRE DAME women – return 6 of 10 participants from the 2013 NCAA Midwest Regional and three of six 2013 NCAA entrants, each of them All-Americans: 2012 Olympic quarterfinalist and 2013 NCAA foil champion Lee Kiefer, jr. foilist Madi Zeiss (8th in ’12, 3rd in ’13) and sabre so. Joanna Thill (11th in ’13) ... similar to the Princeton men’s epee, the Irish women’s epee squad has bid farewell to a pair of standouts in two-time NCAA champ Courtney Hurley (’11 & ’13; also semifinalist in ’09 & ’10; ’12 Olympian) and Ewa Nelip (3rd in ’08 & ’09, 9th in ’11, 8th in ’13) ... beyond Kiefer and Zeiss, the Irish have several other battle-tested foilists while juniors Ashley Severson (5th) and Nicole Ameli (11th) both earned 2012 ll-America honors, while Hurley and Nelip were pursuing Olympic bids ... the Notr Dame women will be opening their 2013-14 season on Jan. 25 at the NYU Invitational. – CLICK HERE for more in-depth team capsules on Notre Dame men and women

Nicole Glon (right) – daughter of longtime Penn State sabre coach/interim head coach Wes Glon – could combine with fellow senior Jess Russo and newcomer Heather Nelson ('13 Air Force grad.; 2-time NCAA entrant) to make PSU one of the nation's top women's sabre units.
– photo by Pete LaFleur (College Fencing 360); all rights reserved


• (4) PENN STATE women – return 1 of 12 participants from the 2013 NCAA Mid-Atlantic/South Regional and four of five 2013 NCAA entrants, three of them All-Americans: so. foilist Clarise Luminet (7th) among with sabre senior Nicole Glon (8th in ’13, also 17th in ’11 & 9th in ’12) ... PSU has another fencer with NCAA tournament experience, as jr. lefthander Alina Antokhina was a 2012 NCAA finalist before slipping to a 22nd-place finish in ’13 ... the Nittany Lions could field one of the nation’s top women’s sabre trios, thanks to the addition of graduate student Heather Nelson (who fenced at the NCAAs twice with Air Force, placing 19th in 2011 & 23rd in ’12 ... four-time NCAA epee semifinalist Marg Guzzi (2010 NCAA champ, ’12 runner-up) is impossible to replace, and none of the squad’s returning epeeists finished among the top-18 at the 2013 Regional ... promising fr. Jessie Radanovich (Frisco, Calif.) could emerge as a key member of the 2014 PSU epee squad ... results so far for the PSU women (fall and early-Jan. home even) have produced an 8-3 record, with losses coming against Princeton 8-19, Harvard11-16 and Penn 13-14 (top wins over Temple and Duke).

– CLICK HERE for more in-depth team capsules on Penn State men and women

Kevin Hassett (left) will be hoping to replicate the sr. sabre season turned in by his sister Eileen in 2011, when she reached the medal round while helping Notre Dame win the NCAA Men's and Women's Combined Fencing Championship.
– photo by Pete LaFleur (College Fencing 360);  all rights reserved

• (4) NOTRE DAME men – return 7 of 11 participants from the 2013 NCAA Midwest Regional and all six 2013 NCAA entrants, led by three All-Americans: the world’s current No. 1-ranked men’s foilist Gerek Meinhardt (2-time U.S. Olympian; 2010 NCAA champion, 2nd in ’09, 3rd in ’13), senior foilist Ariel DeSmet (2011 NCAA champ, 10th in ’13) and sabre sr. Kevin Hassett (7th in ’12, 9th in ’13) ... so. epeeist Garrett McGrath narrowly missed 2013 All-America honors, after placing 13th at the NCAAs ... the Ntre Dame men will be opening their 2013-14 season on Jan. 25 at the NYU Invitatioal.
– CLICK HERE for more in-depth team capsules on Notre Dame men and women

Sophomore foilist Michael Woo (right) is part of a deep and talented Harvard men's fencing team that could rack up plenty of wins in 2013-14.
– photo by Pete LaFleur
(College Fencing 360); all rights reserved

• (5) HARVARD men – return seven of nine participants from the 2013 NCAA Mid-Atlantic/South Regional and five of six 2013 NCAA entrants, led by three All-Americans: the foil duo of jr. Brian Kaneshige (12th in ’12, 7th in ’13) and so. Michael Woo (8th in ’13), plus sr. epeeist Mike Raynis (6th in ’11, 20th in ’12, 11th in ’13) ... the Crimson could exceed their No. 5 preseason ranking if their veteran sabre duo – sr. Eric Arzoian and jr. lefthander Alexander Rykik – perform more like they did at the 2013 Regional than they did at the 2013 NCAA Championships (Ryjik was the Regional runner-up but 22nd at the NCAAs, while Arzoian placed 4th at the Regional but 15th at the NCAAs) ... Harvard has strong foil depth – as current so. Jerry Chang (5th) and sr. Lucas Lin (14th) joined Kanshige and Woo among the top-15 finishes at the 2013 Regional ... the team also must cope with the absence of jr. Peregine Badger, who is taking a year off (Badger was a 2013 NCAA semifinalist, after placing 6th in ’12) ... Harvard’s five fall dual meets produced four wins (none over current top-10 teams), plus a 12-15 loss to Penn State.

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• (5) OHIO STATE women – return 7 of 11 participants from the 2013 NCAA Midwest Regional and five of six 2013 NCAA entrants, but only one of them a 2013 All-American: jr. two-time NCAA foil semifinalist Mona Shaito ... sr. epeeist Caroline Piasecka is a three-time NCAA entrant (15th in ’11, 9th in ’12, 15th in ’13) but OSU bid farewell to 2012 NCAA epee champion Katarzyna Dabrowa (also 3rd in ’11, 6th in ’13) along with another regular epee starter in Tasha Domashovetz ... the OSU foil squad has veteran and newcomer depth, but as of Jan. 10 the 14-fencer roster included only three fencers who were listed as epeeist and four at sabre ... recent addition Kimberly Young (Gilbert, Ariz.), one of the nation’s top-rated freshmen, could provide a big boost and is listed as epee/sabre on the official roster ... jr. Celina Merza won the 2013 Midwest Regional sabre title but placed only 18th at the NCAAs ... the OSU sabre squad must replace four-year NCAA entrant Allison Miller (16th in 2010 and ’11, 11th in ’12, 5th in ’13), but fr. Alexa Antipas (Stony Brook. N.Y.) joins Young as promising newcomers who could fence plenty of key bouts in 2014 ... the OSU women fenced only three dual meets vs. varsity competition in the fall, losing 8-18 vs. Princeton while beating Penn and Cleveland State. – CLICK HERE for more in-depth team capsules on Ohio State men and women

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Pennsylvania men and women
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Northwestern women
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Temple women
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Brown men (content being added)
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Stanford men anf women

OLYMPIAN ALERT – Although a pair of 2012 Olympians – two-time NCAA champs Daryl Homer (St. John’s sabre) and Courtney Hurley (Notre Dame epee) – ended their standout college careers in 2013, there still are several 2012 Olympians back on the college fencing scene for 2014. This esteemed group includes three former NCAA champions, headlined by current world No. 1 men’s folist Gerek Meinhardt, a graduate student at Notre Dame who won the NCAA title back in 2010 (’09 runner-up; ’13 semifinalist). Stanford sophomore Alexander Massialas – who beat his longtime friend and club teammate Meinhardt in the 2013 NCAA semifinals,  en route to winning his own NCAA title – is part of the U.S. men’s foil team that currently holds the world’s No. 1 ranking. Penn State veteran David Willette, although not a 2012 Olympic participant, has competed with the U.S. Men’s Foil Team and is a two-time NCAA runner-up (2010 and ’13; also a semifinalist in ’11). Meinhardt and Massialas also were members of the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team.

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