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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).


CF360 FENCING COACHES POLL #4 – March 17, 2015
Contact: Pete LaFleur (editor@collegefencing360.com)
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Men – Columbia, Penn State, Notre Dame, St. John’s, Ohio State
Harvard, Penn, Princeton, Duke and Stanford

Women – Columbia, Notre Dame, Princeton, Harvard, Penn State, 
Northwestern, Ohio State, St. John’s, Penn and Duke

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

• Fencing Coaches Poll History (spreadsheets; 2001-15):  MEN  |  WOMEN

The votes for the fourth and final CollegeFencing360.com Coaches Poll of the 2015 season have been tabulated, and COLUMBIA retained the top spot in both the men’s and women’s rankings. PENN STATE (135 voting pts, behind Columbia’s 140) maintained the No. 2 position in the men’s poll while NOTRE DAME (123) vaulted from 6th to 3rd. On the women’s side, Notre Dame stayed a firm No. 2 with 140 voting points (Columbia again has a near-unanimous 149) while the Princeton women (125) remained firmly in the third poistion.

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(note: Columbia University’s team also usually includes women’s fencers from Barnard College, and often is referenced as Columbia-Barnard; CF360 references them as Columbia herein).

Voting throughout the season is based on dual-meet results, but this final poll also factors in a team’s performance at its NCAA Regional competition (and resulting bids to the NCAA Championships). Six men’s teams qualified the maximum six fencers for the NCAAs: #1 Columbia, #2 Penn State, #3 Notre Dame, #4 St. John’s, #5 Ohio State and #7 Penn – while the four women’s teams that qualified six include #1 Columbia, #2 ND, #3 Princeton and #6 Northwestern (which has moved up a spot in the poll, with 100 voting points).

Current No. 4 St. John’s and [5] Ohio State have swapped spots from the previous men’s poll, while Harvard dropped from 3rd to 6th. There were two swaps of positions in the women’s polls, between current No. 6 Northwestern and [7] Ohio State, and currnent No. 7 St. John’s with new [8] U-Penn. The Duke women have cracked the top–10 for the first time in 2015, unseating Temple (which had been #10 in all three previous 2015 polls).

The Columbia men have been ranked No. 1 in five of eight polls over the past two seasons. The No. 4 St. John’s men hold their highest ranking since being #3 prior to the 2013 NCAA Regionals (the final SJU season of elite sabre standout and Olympian Daryl Homer).
Northwestern’s No. 6 ranking is its highest since being ranked 4th to open the 2012 season. And the Duke women are back in the top–10 for the first time since ending the 2013 season ranked 10th.

Here are handy links to all four 2015 NCAA Regional results:
• Northeast   |   • Mid-Atlantic/South   |   • Midwest   |   • West

… And here is a breakdown of the 2015 NCAA Qualfiers:

NCAA Qualifiers – Men   
6 – Columbia
6 – Notre Dame
6 – Penn State
6 – Ohio State
6 – U-Penn
6 – St. John's

5 – Harvard (1 m-epee)
5 – Princeton (1 m-foil)

4 – Air Force (1 m-foil; 1 m-epee)

3 – Duke (2 m-sabre; 1 m-epee)
3 – Sacred Heart (2 m-epee; 1 m-foil)
3 – NJIT (2 m-foil; 1 m-sabre)

2 – Stanford (1 m-foil; 1 m-epee)
2 – Brown (1 m-epee; 1 m-sabre)
2 – NYU (1 m-foil; 1 m-epee)
2 – MIT (both m-sabre)
2 – Wayne State (1 m-foil; 1 m-sabre)

1 – UC San Diego (m-foil)
1 – Yale (m-foil)
1 – Stevens Tech (m-epee)

NCAA Qualifiers – Women
6 – Columbia
6 – Notre Dame
6 – Princeton
6 – Northwestern

5 – Penn State (1 w-epee)
5 – Harvard (1 w-epee)
5 – St. John's (1 w-sabre)

4 – Ohio State (1 w-epee, 1 w-sabre)
4 – Duke (no w-foil)
4 – Stanford (2 w-epee; 2 w-sabre)

3 – Brown (2 w-sabre 1 w-epee)
3 – Cornell (2 w-foil; 1 w-epee)

2 – U-Penn (1 w-foil; 1 w-epee; no w-sabre)
2 – Temple (1 w-foil; 1 w-sabre)
2 – Boston College (both w-epee)
2 – Air Force (both w-foil)
2 – Yale (1 w-foil; 1 w-sabre)
2 – Wayne State (1 w-foil; 1 w-sabre)

1 – North Carolina (w-sabre)
1 – NJIT (w-epee)
1 – Sacred Heart (w-sabre)

One school being ranked No. 1 simultaneously for both its men’s and women’s fencing teams has been a fairly common occurrence – happening in nine of the previous 13 seasons – but it did not happen in 2013, nor in 2014. A couple weeks ago, for the first time since the initial 2012 poll, college fencing again had a program occupying the #1 spot for both genders (Columbia).

The only 2014-15 dual-meet losses for the Notre Dame women came during the mid-January trip to New York City, in showdown matchups versus then-#2 Columbia. The only blemish for the Columbia women during the 2014–15 season came by one touch, on Jan. 17 at the Penn State Invitational, versus the host team (13–14).

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 co-sponsored/administered by CollegeFencing360.com (CF360). Updated polls will be released in early February, early March and then finally in mid-March (prior to the 2015 NCAA Championships, to be held March 19-22 at Ohio State).

• HISTORY OF MEN & WOMEN BOTH #1 – Here are the 19 times in the 15-year history of the college fencing coaches polls (48 total poll releases) that a school has been ranked #1 for both men’s and women’s fencing (9 ND, 5 PSU, 2 OSU, 1 each for SJU and COL):

2015 (pre-NCAAs) – Columbia
2015 (pre-Regionals) – Columbia
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2012 (pre-Reg.) – Penn State  (OSU won; PSU was 5th)
2012 (initial pol) – Ohio State
 … OSU won NCAA title
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2011 (pre-NCAAs) – Notre Dame
 … ND won NCAA title
2011 (pre-Reg.) – Notre Dame
 … ND won NCAA title
2011 (initial poll) – Notre Dame
 … ND won NCAA title
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2010 (pre-NCAAs) – Notre Dame
  (PSU won; ND was 3rd)
2010 (pre-Reg.) – Notre Dame
  (PSU won; ND was 3rd)
2010 (initial poll) – Penn State
 … PSU won NCAA title
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2009 (pre-NCAAs) – Notre Dame
  (PSU won; ND was 2nd)
2009 (pre-NCAAs) – Notre Dame
  (PSU won; ND was 2nd)
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2007 (poll #3) – Penn State … PSU won NCAA title
2007 (pre-Reg.) – Penn State
 … PSU won NCAA title
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2005 (initial poll) – Ohio State
  (ND won; OSU was 2nd)
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2004 (pre-Reg.) – Notre Dame
  (OSU won; ND was 3rd)
2004 (initial poll) – Notre Dame
  (OSU won; ND was 3rd)
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2003 (initial poll) – Penn State
  (ND won; PSU was 2nd)
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2002 (initial poll) – St. John's
  (PSU won; SJU was 2nd)

Notes:
– Prior to 2015, in the 17 previous instances (since 2001; happened 9-of-14 yrs, all but ’01, ’06, ’08, '13 and '14) when one school was #1 in both college fencing polls (men and women), that school went on to win the NCAA title only six times (encomassing three seasons): 
• Penn State in 2007 (2 polls; pre-Regionals and pre-NCAAs)
• Notre Dame in 2011 (all 3 polls)
• Ohio State in 2012 (one poll; pre-Regionals)

– 2015 is only the fifth year when a school was No. 1 in the men’s and women’s polls prior to the NCAA Championships:
• 2007: Penn State  (PSU won title)
• 2009: Notre Dame  (PSU won; ND was 2nd)
• 2010: Notre Dame  (PSU won; ND was 3rd
• 2011: Notre Dame  (ND won title)

– The polls on March 5, 2015, marked the sixth time that a school has been No. 1 in the men’s and women’s polls heading into the NCAA Regonals, and three of the previous five have gone on to win the NCAA title (PSU in ’07, ND in ’11 and OSU in ’12) … ND was runner-up to OSU in 2004 and runner-up to PSU in ’09 (in each year, ND held both #1 rankings prior to the Regionals).

– As a reminder, from 2001–12, there was an initial poll in Jan. followed by two updates (pre-Regionals and pre-NCAA Champ.) … starting with 2013, an early-Feb. update was added, followed by the two final polls in March (yielding four total poll releases from 2013-–15, with one still to come in advance of the 2015 NCAAs).

• TOP COMBINED FENCING PROGRAMS – In addition to Columbia (#1 in both polls), Notre Dame currently is the only other school in the top-4 of both polls. Based on combined voting points (men+women), Columbia has 289 of the maximum 300, followed by Notre Dame (263) Penn State (246), Harvard (227), Ohio State (206), Princeton (205), St. John’s (202), Penn (157), Duke (110) and Stanford (83).

• POLL HISTORY – The Columbia women previously were ranked No. 2 twice in the recorded history of the coaches poll (2001-15), checking in at #2 in the initial 2015 poll (mid-Jan.). That #2 had been the program’s highest ranking since being ranked second in all three polls of the 2007 season. The Columbia men were top-ranked for the first time in program history during the first three polls of 2014. 

Columbia is only the sixth women’s fencing program ever to hold down the No. 1 ranking, in the 15-year history of the coaches poll. The Notre Dame women have been ranked No. 1 in nearly half (21 of 45) of the women’s college fencing polls dating back to 2002. The Penn State women are a distant second, having been top-ranked nine times, followed by Princeton (6), Ohio State (3) and St. John’s (3).

On the men’s side, Penn State holds a narrow lead vs. longtime rival Notre Dame – with 17 polls for PSU at No. 1 while ND has 16 (among 50 total men’s team’s ranked No. 1 dating back to the 2001 season), followed by Ohio State (8), Columbia (5), St. John’s (2), Stanford (1) and Harvard (1). These totals include two polls in which there we co-#1s.
The Penn State men have been #1 or #2 during all 12 polls spanning the past three seasons (2013–15).

• INDIVIDUAL NOTES – The Penn State men feature a veterean core led by current juniors Kaito Streets (2014 NCAA sabre champion) and Nobuo Bravo (’14 NCAA foil semifinalist), plus sophomore epeeist Conor Shepard (2014 NCAA entrant). Freshman Andrew Mackiewicz has made an impressive transition into college fencing, helping fill the void of graduated sabre All-American Adrian Bak.

The current Columbia women’s foil roster includes riduculos depth with the likes of Nzingha Prescod (a teammate of ND’s Kiefer on the 2012 U.S. Olympic team), Margaret Lu – who recently joined Kiefer and Zeiss as part of the U.S. women’s foil team that scored an historic win over Italy en route to a silver-medal finish at the Gdansk World Cup – and junior Jackie Dubrovich, the 2013 NCAA runner-up and a ’14 semifinalist. With epeeist sophomore Mason Speta (2014 NCAA entrant) also returning, Columbia needed to upgrade its women’s sabre unit and appears to have done so with the freshman trio of Danya HuAnastasia Ivanoff and Lena Johnson.

The Notre Dame women continue to be led by the elite foil duo of two-time NCAA champion Lee Kiefer and senior Madi Zeiss (’14 NCAA runner-up and ’13 semifinalist), plus senior epeeists Ashley Severson and Nicole Ameli. Similar to Columbia, the ND women have received a much-needed sabre boost through the addition of freshmen Francesca Russo and Claudia Kulmacz.

• TOP VETERANS – Four of the six 2014 NCAA individual champions are back in 2015:
• Yevgeniy Karyuchenko (men’s epee; St. John’s so.); failed to qualify for 2015 NCAAs
• Kaito Streets (men’s sabre; Penn State jr.)
• Lee Kiefer (women’s foil two-time champion; Notre Dame jr.)
• Adrienne Jarocki (women’s sabre; Harvard so.)

(Stanford jr. women’s epeeist Vivian Kong is utilizing a redshirt season while ND men’s foilist Gerek Meinhardt ended his college career after winning the 2014 NCAA title)

There also are two current fencers who have NCAA individual titles on their resume but prior to 2014: Stanford junior foilist and 2012 Olympian Massialas (’13 NCAA champ) and Notre Dame senior men’s foilist Ariel DeSmet (’11).

Additional current fencers to watch include the following past NCAA runner-ups (in addition to Dubrovich and Kong in ’13, and Zeiss in ‘14): Notre Dame junior epeeist Garrett McGrath (’14); St. John’s men’s sabre junior Ferenc Valkai (’14); U-Penn sabre junior Shaul Jordon (’13, while at PSU); Penn sr. women’s foilist Luona Wang (’12); and Harvard women’s sabre jr. Aliya Itzkowitz (’14). Wang did not qualify for the 2015 NCAAs

Others of note, based on reaching the NCAA semifinals/medal round over the past couple years, include: Penn State jr. men’s foilist Bravo (’14); Princeton jr. epeeist Jack Hudson (’14); St. John’s sabre junior Roman Sydorenko (’14); Ohio State so. foilist Alanna Goldie (’14); PSU sr. foilist Alina Antokhina (’12); PSU so. women’s epeeist Jessie Radanovich (’14); PSU women’s sabre so. Teodora Kakhiani (’14); Princeton sabre jr. Gracie Stone (’13 & ’14); and North Carolina sabre sr. Gillian Litynski (’13).

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The full 2015 CF360 Fencing Coaches Poll #4 follows below (including all receiving votes). 

• Fencing Coaches Poll History (spreadsheets; 2001-15): MEN  |  WOMEN


CollegeFencing360 Coaches Poll #4/Final (March 17, 2015)
MEN  (first-place votes – Columbia 6, Penn State 3, Notre Dame 1)
school (varsity dual-meet record … NCAA qualifiers) – voting pts .. prev. polls .. initial '15 poll
1. Columbia  (17–6 ... 6 NCAA qual.) – 140 … (1) … (2) … (4)  
2. Penn State  (17–5 ... 6 NCAA qual.) – 135 voting pts … (2) … (1) … (1) 
3. Notre Dame  (24–7 ... 6 NCAA qual.) – 123 … (6) … (4) … (2) 
4. St. John’s  (14–5 ... 6 NCAA qual.) – 118 … (5) … (6) … (5)
5. Ohio State  (14–6 ... 6 NCAA qual.) – 117… (4) … (3) … (3)
6. Harvard  (14–3 ... 5 NCAA qual.) – 109 … (3) … (5) … (6)
7. Pennsylvania  (20–9 ... 6 NCAA qual.) – 98 … (7) … (7) … (8)
8. Princeton  (19–10 ... 5 NCAA qual.) – 80 … (8) ... (8) … (7)
9. Duke  (15–6 ... 3 NCAA qual.) – 67 … (9) ... (9) … (9)
10. Stanford  (14–3 ... 2 NCAA qual.) – 46 … (10) ... (10) … (10)
Also Receiving Votes (panel submits top-15) – NJIT 34, Sacred Heart 31, Brown 22, UC San Diego 12, NYU 10, North Carolina 7, Brandeis 6, Wayne State 5, Boston College 2, MIT 2 and Yale 1.

WOMEN  (first-place votes – Columbia 9, Notre Dame 1)
school (varsity dual-meet record … NCAA qualifiers) – voting pts .. prev. polls .. initial '15 poll
1. Columbia  (25–1 ... 6 NCAA qual.) – 149 voting pts … (1) ... (1) … (2)
2. Notre Dame  (27–2 ... 6 NCAA qual.) – 140 … (2) … (2) … (1)
3. Princeton  (24–7 ... 6 NCAA qual.) – 125 ... (3) … (3) … (3)
4. Harvard  (14–5–1 ... 5 NCAA qual.) – 118 … (4) ... (4) … (7)
5. Penn State  (15–7 ... 5 NCAA qual.) – 111 … (5) … (6) … (4)
6. Northwestern  (24–5 ... 6 NCAA qual.) – 100 … (7) … (7) … (9)
7. Ohio State  (14–10 ... 4 NCAA qual.) – 89 … (6) … (5) … (5)
8. St. John's  (10–9–1 ... 5 NCAA qual.) – 84 … (9) … (9) … (8)
9. Pennsylvania  (21–9 ... 2 NCAA qual.) – 59 … (8) … (8) … (6)
10. Duke (17–6 ... 4 NCAA qual.) – 57 … – … – … –
Also Receiving Votes (panel submits top-15) – Temple 43 (#10 in prev. 2015 polls), Cornell 38, Stanford 37, Brown 28, Boston College 8, Sacred Heart 5, Noth Carolina 4, UC San Diego 2, Wayne State 2 and Air Force 1.

Notes – the #1 ranking is the first in program history for the Columbia women, in the 15-year history of the poll (previously, the program’s highest rankings had been #2 in all three polls of the 2007 season and #2 in the initial 2015 poll) … the Columbia men were #1 for the first time in program history during the first three polls of 2014.

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

Poll Notes: coach Ma 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 – 19 in the Northeast, 13 in the Mid-Atlantic/South, 7 in the Midwest and 4 in the West ... eight of these schools sponsor only a varsity women's fencing team: CCNY, Cornell, Fairleigh Dickinson, LIU Post, Northwestern, Queens, Temple, Tufts and Wellesley … McKendree and Incarnate Word will begin varsity fencing status in 2015-16 (both schools will sponsor men’s and women’s teams).

• Fencing Coaches Poll History (spreadsheets; 2001-15): MEN  |  WOMEN

2014 result links:
from NCAA Championships  
from 
Northeast Regional  |  from Mid-Atlantic/South Regional 
from 
Midwest Regional  |  from West Regional

• Schedule/Result Links for all teams

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March 5, 2015
CF360 FENCING COACHES POLL #3
 
Contact: Pete LaFleur (editor@collegefencing360.com)
(all content courtesy of College Fencing 360; please credit and link accordingly)

Men – Columbia, Penn State, Harvard, Ohio State, St. John's,
Notre Dame, Penn, Princeton, Duke and Stanford

Women – Columbia, Notre Dame, Princeton, Harvard, Penn State, 
Ohio State, Northwestern, Penn, St. John's and Temple

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

• Fencing Coaches Poll History (spreadsheets; 2001-15):  MEN  |  WOMEN

One school being ranked #1 simultaneously for both its men’s and women’s fencing teams has been a fairly common occurrence – happening in nine of the previous 13 seasons – but it did not happen in 2013, nor in 2014. Now, for the first time since the initial 2012 poll, college fencing again has a program occupying the #1 spot for both genders: Columbia University (which also includes women’s fencers from Barnard College, and often is referenced as Columbia-Barnard) now holds the top ranking for both men’s and women’s fencing, in the CollegeFencing360.com Coaches Poll.

The near-unanimous #1 Columbia women (25–1 dual-meet record; Ivy League champs) maintained their top ranking while the Lions men (17–6) – who shared the 2015 Ivy League title with Harvard – bumped up from second, unseeding previous #1 Penn State (which lost twice at the Temple Invitational). The Notre Dame women (27–2) still remain a clear No. 2 in the poll, and in many years would hold down the top spot. The Irish women, #1 in the initial 2015 poll, received one of the #1 votes for the current poll with 140 points (behind Columbia’s 149, out of a max. 150).

The only losses for the Notre Dame women came during the mid-January trip to New York City, in showdown matchups versus then-#2 Columbia. The only blemish for the Columbia women during the 2014–15 season came by one touch, on Jan. 17 at the Penn State Invitational, versus the host team (13–14).

The Princeton women (24–7; 124) maintained their No. 3 postion, while yet another Ivy League team, Harvard (14–5–1; 118), still sits in 4th. Current fifth-ranked Penn State (15–7; 110) has moved up a spot, swapping positions with Ohio State (14–10; 103). The 7th-10th spots in the women’s poll remain unchaged, with: Northwestern (24–5; 86), U-Penn (21–9; 84), St. John’s (10–9–1; 73) and Temple (24–11; 61).

The Columbia men (17–6; 139 voting points) received half of the #1 votes, followed by two each for Penn State (17–5; 134) and surging St. John’s (14–5; 117), which went 4–0 at the Temple Invit. en route to its current #5 ranking (highest for the Red Storm since the final poll of 2013). The Harvard men (14–3; 121), after being 6th in the intitial 2015 poll and 5th in early Feb., have made their own move up to third, the same spot occupied by the Crimson in the final 2014 polling. Ohio State (14–6; 120), idle in dual-meet action since the previous poll, has dropped back a spot to 4th in the men’s poll.

The Notre Dame men (24–7; 115) slipped a couple spots to 6th, while the 7th-10th positions in the men’s poll remain unchaged, with: Penn (20–9; 94), Princeton (19–10; 78), Duke (15–6; 66) and Stanford (14–3; 61).

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 co-sponsored/administered by CollegeFencing360.com (CF360). Updated polls will be released in early February, early March and then finally in mid-March (prior to the 2015 NCAA Championships, to be held March 19-22 at Ohio State).

• HISTORY OF MEN & WOMEN BOTH #1 – Here are the 18 times in the 15-year history of the college fencing coaches polls (47 total poll releases) that a school has been ranked #1 for both men’s and women’s fencing (9 ND, 5 PSU, 2 OSU, 1 each for SJU and COL):

2015 (pre-Regionals) – Columbia
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2012 (pre-Reg.) – Penn State  (OSU won; PSU was 5th)
2012 (initial pol) – Ohio State
 … OSU won NCAA title
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2011 (pre-NCAAs) – Notre Dame
 … ND won NCAA title
2011 (pre-Reg.) – Notre Dame
 … ND won NCAA title
2011 (initial poll) – Notre Dame
 … ND won NCAA title
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2010 (pre-NCAAs) – Notre Dame
  (PSU won; ND was 3rd)
2010 (pre-Reg.) – Notre Dame
  (PSU won; ND was 3rd)
2010 (initial poll) – Penn State
 … PSU won NCAA title
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2009 (pre-NCAAs) – Notre Dame
  (PSU won; ND was 2nd)
2009 (pre-NCAAs) – Notre Dame
  (PSU won; ND was 2nd)
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2007 (poll #3) – Penn State … PSU won NCAA title
2007 (pre-Reg.) – Penn State
 … PSU won NCAA title
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2005 (initial poll) – Ohio State
  (ND won; OSU was 2nd)
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2004 (pre-Reg.) – Notre Dame
  (OSU won; ND was 3rd)
2004 (initial poll) – Notre Dame
  (OSU won; ND was 3rd)
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2003 (initial poll) – Penn State
  (ND won; PSU was 2nd)
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2002 (initial poll) – St. John's
  (PSU won; SJU was 2nd)

Notes:
– In the 17 previous instances (since 2001; happened 9-of-14 yrs, all but ’01, ’06, ’08, '13 and '14) when one school was #1 in both college fencing polls (men and women), that school went on to win the NCAA title only six times (encomassing three seasons): 
• Penn State in 2007 (2 polls; pre-Regionals and pre-NCAAs)
• Notre Dame in 2011 (all 3 polls)
• Ohio State in 2012 (one poll; pre-Regionals)

– This is the sixth time that a school has been #1 in the men’s and women’s polls heading into the NCAA Regonals, and three of the previous five have gone on to win the NCAA title (PSU in ’07, ND in ’11 and OSU in ’12) … ND was runner-up to OSU in 2004 and runner-up to PSU in ’09 (in each year, ND held both #1 rankings prior to the Regionals).

– There have been only four years when a school was #1 in the men’s and women’s polls prior to the NCAA Championships (tbd for 2015):
• 2007: Penn State  (PSU won title)
• 2009: Notre Dame  (PSU won; ND was 2nd)
• 2010: Notre Dame  (PSU won; ND was 3rd)
• 2011: Notre Dame  (ND won title)

– As a reminder, from 2001–12, there was an initial poll in Jan. followed by two updates (pre-Regionals and pre-NCAA Champ.) … starting with 2013, an early-Feb. update was added, followed by the two final polls in March (yielding four total poll releases from 2013-–15, with one still to come in advance of the 2015 NCAAs).

• TOP COMBINED FENCING PROGRAMS – In addition to Columbia (#1 in both polls), Harvard currently is the only other school in the top-4 of both polls. Based on combined voting points (men+women), Columbia has 288 of the maximum 300, followed by Notre Dame (255) Penn State (244), Harvard (239), Ohio State (223), Princeton (202), St. John’s (190) and Penn (178).

• MEN’S TEAM NOTES – Columbia shared the 2015 Ivy League title, after losing head-to-head vs. the Crimson (10–17) but sweeping the rest of the field (16–11 vs. Penn; 18–9 vs. Princeton and Brown; 20–7 vs. Yale) … Penn State’s losses at the Temple Invit. came vs. St. John’s 12–15 and in-state rival Penn 10–17 (PSU edged Princeton, 14–13) … in addition to its win over Columbia, Harvard also beat Princeton 14–13, Brown 23–4 and Yale 21–6 (but lost 9–18 to Penn) … St. John’s impressivly went 4–0 at the Temple Invit., highlighted by wins over Penn State 15–12, Penn 17–10 and Princeton 16–11 … Penn’s action-packed Feb. included the aforementioned wins over PSU and Harvard, plus the losses to Columbia and SJU (along with splitting vs. Princeton, 12–15 at the Ivy meet and 14–13 at Temple) … other notable results over the past month included: Stevens Tech 14–13 vs. Brown (at Temple) and Johns Hopkins besting top contender NJIT to repeat as MACFA champion (non-dual-meet event).

• WOMEN’S TEAM NOTES – Columbia’s impressive sweep of the Ivy League included 16–11 vs. Princeton, 17–10 vs. Harvard, 23–4 vs. Penn, 20–7 vs. Cornell, 23–4 vs. Brown and 17–10 vs. Yale … Princeton posted Ivy League wins over Harvard 15–12, Cornell 20–7, Brown 24–3 and Yale 18–9 (plus a 12–15 loss vs. Penn) – before going 4–1 at the Temple Invit. (16–11 vs. Penn; 17–10 vs. St. John’s; 14–13 vs. the host Owls; 9–19 loss to PSU) … Harvard’s Ivy League wins: 17–10 vs. Penn, 22–5 vs. Cornell, 21–6 vs. Brown and 23–4 vs. Yale … in addition to the win over Princeton, Penn State adedd three other top-10 wins at Temple: 17–10 vs. Penn, 15–12 SJU and 15–12 vs. the Owls … Penn – which like Princeton and Harvard finished 4–2 at the Ivy League meet – followed the conference win over Princeton with a top-10 victory over St. John’s (16–11, at Temple), but lost at that meet to Princeton and  PSU ...

• POLL HISTORY – The Columbia women previously were ranked #2 twice in the recorded history of the coaches poll (2001-15), checking in at #2 in the initial 2015 poll (mid-Jan.). That #2 had been the program’s highest ranking since being ranked second in all three polls of the 2007 season. The Columbia men were top-ranked for the first time in program history during the first three polls of 2014. 

Columbia is only the sixth women’s fencing program ever to hold down the No. 1 ranking, in the 15-year history of the coaches poll. The Notre Dame women have been ranked No. 1 in nearly half (21 of 44) of the women’s college fencing polls dating back to 2002. The Penn State women are a distant second, having been top-ranked nine times, followed by Princeton (6), Ohio State (3) and St. John’s (3).

On the men’s side, Penn State holds a narrow lead vs. longtime rival Notre Dame – with 17 polls for PSU at No. 1 while ND has 16 (among 49 total men’s team’s ranked No. 1 dating back to the 2001 season), followed by Ohio State (8), Columbia (4), St. John’s (2), Stanford (1) and Harvard (1). These totals include two polls in which there we co-#1s.

The Penn State men have been #1 or #2 during all 11 polls spanning the past three seasons (2013–15) … the #5 St. John’s men hold their highest ranking since also being #5 at the end of 2013 (the final SJU season of elite sabre standout and Olympian Daryl Homer) … the #6 Ohio State women had not been outside the top-5 since the first poll of 2012 (also #6).

• INDIVIDUAL NOTES – The Penn State men feature a veterean core led by current juniors Kaito Streets (2014 NCAA sabre champion) and Nobuo Bravo (’14 NCAA foil semifinalist), plus sophomore epeeist Conor Shepard (2014 NCAA entrant). Freshman Andrew Mackiewicz has made an impressive transition into college fencing, helping fill the void of graduated sabre All-American Adrian Bak.

The current Columbia women’s foil roster includes riduculos depth with the likes of Nzingha Prescod (a teammate of ND’s Kiefer on the 2012 U.S. Olympic team), Margaret Lu – who recently joined Kiefer and Zeiss as part of the U.S. women’s foil team that scored an historic win over Italy en route to a silver-medal finish at the Gdansk World Cup – and junior Jackie Dubrovich, the 2013 NCAA runner-up and a ’14 semifinalist. With epeeist sophomore Mason Speta (2014 NCAA entrant) also returning, Columbia needed to upgrade its women’s sabre unit and appears to have done so with the freshman trio of Danya HuAnastasia Ivanoff and Lena Johnson.

The Notre Dame women continue to be led by the elite foil duo of two-time NCAA champion Lee Kiefer and senior Madi Zeiss (’14 NCAA runner-up and ’13 semifinalist), plus senior epeeists Ashley Severson and Nicole Ameli. Similar to Columbia, the ND women have received a much-needed sabre boost through the addition of freshmen Francesca Russo and Claudia Kulmacz.

• TOP VETERANS – Four of the six 2014 NCAA individual champions are back in 2015:
• Yevgeniy Karyuchenko (men’s epee; St. John’s so.)
• Kaito Streets (men’s sabre; Penn State jr.)
• Lee Kiefer (women’s foil two-time champion; Notre Dame jr.)
• Adrienne Jarocki (women’s sabre; Harvard so.)
(Stanford jr. women’s epeeist Vivian Kong is utilizing a redshirt season while ND men’s foilist Gerek Meinhardt ended his college career after winning the 2014 NCAA title)

There also are three current fencers who have NCAA individual titles on their resume but prior to 2014: Stanford junior foilist and 2012 Olympian Massialas (’13 NCAA champ); Notre Dame senior men’s foilist Ariel DeSmet (’11); and U-Penn sabre junior Shaul Jordon (’13, while at PSU). 

Additional current fencers to watch include the following past NCAA runner-ups (in addition to Dubrovich and Kong in ’13, and Zeiss in ‘14): Notre Dame junior epeeist Garrett McGrath (’14); St. John’s men’s sabre junior Ferenc Valkai (’14); Penn sr. women’s foilist Luona Wang (’12); and Harvard women’s sabre jr. Aliya Itzkowitz (’14).

Others of note, based on reaching the NCAA semifinals/medal round over the past couple years, include: Penn State jr. men’s foilist Bravo (’14); Princeton jr. epeeist Jack Hudson (’14); St. John’s sabre junior Roman Sydorenko (’14); Ohio State so. foilist Alanna Goldie (’14); PSU sr. foilist Alina Antokhina (’12); PSU so. women’s epeeist Jessie Radanovich (’14); PSU women’s sabre so. Teodora Kakhiani (’14); Princeton sabre jr. Gracie Stone (’13 & ’14); and North Carolina sabre sr. Gillian Litynski (’13).

 • Schedule/Result Links for all teams

The full 2015 CF360 Fencing Coaches Poll #3 follows below (including all receiving votes). 

• Fencing Coaches Poll History (spreadsheets; 2001-15): MEN  |  WOMEN

CollegeFencing360 Coaches Poll #3 (March 5, 2015)
MEN  (first-place votes – Columbia 5, Penn State 2, St. John’s 2, Notre Dame 1)
school (varsity dual-meet record) – voting points … previous poll … initial 2015 poll
1. Columbia  (17–6) – 139 … (2) … (4)  
2. Penn State  (17–5) – 134 voting pts … (1) … (1) 
3. Harvard  (14–3) – 121 … (5) … (6)
4. Ohio State  (14–6) – 120 … (3) … (3)
5. St. John’s  (14–5) – 117 … (6) … (5)
6. Notre Dame  (24–7) – 115 … (4) … (2) 
7. Pennsylvania  (20–9) – 94 … (7) … (8)
8. Princeton  (19–10) – 78 … (8) … (7)
9. Duke  (15–6) – 66 … (9) … (9)
10. Stanford  (14–3) – 61 … (10) … (10)
Also Receiving Votes (panel submits top-15) – Brown 26, UC San Diego 25, North Carolina 24, Brandeis 21, NYU 17, Sacred Heart 17, NJIT 14, Johns Hopkins 4, Yale 4, Boston College 2 and Stevens Tech 1.

WOMEN  (first-place votes – Columbia 9, Notre Dame 1)
school (varsity dual-meet record) – voting points … previous poll … initial 2015 poll
1. Columbia  (25–1) – 149 … (1) … (2)
2. Notre Dame  (27–2) – 140 voting pts … (2) … (1)
3. Princeton  (24–7) – 124 … (3) … (3)
4. Harvard  (14–5–1) – 118 … (4) … (7)
5. Penn State  (15–7) – 110 … (6) … (4)
6. Ohio State  (14–10) – 103 … (5) … (5)
7. Northwestern  (24–5) – 86 … (7) … (9)
8. Pennsylvania  (21–9) – 84 … (8) … (6)
9. St. John's  (10–9–1) – 73 … (9) … (8)
10. Temple  (24–11) – 61 … (10) … (10)
Also Receiving Votes (panel submits top-15) – Duke 50, Cornell 31, Noth Carolina 16, Stanford 16, Brown 10, UC San Diego 10, Brandeis 6, Boston College 4, Sacred Heart 4, Fairleigh Dickinson 3 and MIT 2.

Notes – the #1 ranking is the first in program history for the Columbia women, in the 15-year history of the poll (previously, the program’s highest rankings had been #2 in all three polls of the 2007 season and #2 in the initial 2015 poll) … the Columbia men were #1 for the first time in program history during the first three polls of 2014.

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

Poll Notes: coach Ma 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 – 19 in the Northeast, 13 in the Mid-Atlantic/South, 7 in the Midwest and 4 in the West ... eight of these schools sponsor only a varsity women's fencing team: CCNY, Cornell, Fairleigh Dickinson, LIU Post, Northwestern, Queens, Temple, Tufts and Wellesley … McKendree and Incarnate Word will begin varsity fencing status in 2015-16 (both schools will sponsor men’s and women’s teams).

• Fencing Coaches Poll History (spreadsheets; 2001-15): MEN  |  WOMEN

2014 result links:
from NCAA Championships  
from 
Northeast Regional  |  from Mid-Atlantic/South Regional 
from 
Midwest Regional  |  from West Regional

• Schedule/Result Links for all teams

• • • •

Feb. 5, 2015
CF360 FENCING COACHES POLL #2
 
Contact: Pete LaFleur (editor@collegefencing360.com)
(all content courtesy of College Fencing 360; please credit and link accordingly)

Men – Penn State, Columbia, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Harvard,
St. John’s, Penn, Princeton, Duke and Stanford

Women – Columbia, Notre Dame, Princeton, Harvard, Ohio State, 
Penn State, Northwestern, Penn, St. John's and Temple

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

• Fencing Coaches Poll History (spreadsheets; 2001-15):  MEN  |  WOMEN

(Note that plenty of early-season notes, results summaries, etc. to be fortcoming on CF360.)

Following a pair of key head-to-head victories, the COLUMBIA women’s fencing team has traded places with Notre Dame atop the CollegeFencing360.com Coaches Poll – the first time in the 15-year history of the poll that the Lions women have sat atop the rankings. PENN STATE remains No. 1 in the men’s poll, but the Columbia men have moved up two spots to No. 2, narrowly ahead of Ohio State and Notre Dame.

The near-unanimous No. 1 COLUMBIA women – now 16-1 in dual matches during the 2014-15 academic year – were No. 2 in the initial 2015 poll (Jan. 21), matching the highest ranking in program history at the time. Columbia went on to post a pair of wins over then-No. 1 Notre Dame: 15–12 at the St. John’s Invitational (Jan. 24) and 14–13 the next day, at the NYU Invitatonal in Jersey City, N.J. The Lions women went 10–0 during that two-day gauntlet, with seven additional top-10 wins: versus Penn State, Ohio State (2), Harvard, St. John’s (2) and Northwestern. 

Columbia’s lone loss so far in 2014-15 came by one touch, on Jan. 17 at the Penn State Invitational, vs. the host team (13–14). The Lions received nine of 10 first-place votes in the curent women’s coaches poll (for 149 of max. 150 voting points), with Notre Dame receiving the other first-place vote.

(Note: the Columbia women’s team often includes fencers who attend sister school Barnard College; the fencing team’s formal name is Columbia-Barnard, but herein simply is referenced as Columbia on 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 sponsored by the United States Fencing Coaches Association (USFCA) and co-sponsored/administered by CollegeFencing360.com (CF360). Updated polls will be released in early February, late-Feb. and then finally in mid-March (prior to the 2015 NCAA Championships, to be held March 19-22 at Ohio State).

• TOP COMBINED FENCING PROGRAMS – Columbia boasts both its teams ranked among the top-2 of the respective polls (#1 women, #2 men), while Notre Dame (#2 women, #3 men) is in the top-3 of each poll. Harvard and Ohio State currently sit among the top-5 in each poll (which also include the PSU men and Princeton women). The next update to the CF360 Fencing Coaches Poll will be in early March, with Columbia having the chance to own the rare double honor of being No. 1 in both polls.

Based on combined voting points (men+women), Columbia has 278 of the maximum 300, followed by Notre Dame (265) Penn State (242), Ohio State (231), Harvard (227), Princeton (212), St. John’s (179) and Penn (174).

• TOP-10 GATHERING – A wide assortment of elite fencers will be on hand at Columbia’s Levien Gymnasium on Feb. 8-9, for the annual Ivy League Championships (contested as a series of dual meets, with individuals also honored basdd on won-loss bouting records). In addition to the host school, three other participating teams currently sit in the top-10 of the men’s and women’s polls: Harvard (#5 men; #4 women) … Princeton (#8 men; #3 women) … and Penn (#7 men; #8 women). The Brown men received the 11th-most votes in the current poll (women 14th-most), while the Cornell women received the 12th-most votes and the Yale men the 18th-most. The Yale women did not receive any votes in the current poll (Cornell does not sponsor a varsity men’s fencing team).

• MEN’S TEAM NOTES – The PENN STATE men (140 voting points, out of max. 150) are 14–3 in 2014-15 dual meets, with their only action over the past two weeks producing a 4–1 record vs. fellow top-10 teams at SJU Invitational (lone loss came 12–15 vs. Columbia). Penn State received six of the 10 first-place votes, followed by two for Columbia and one each for ND and SJU. The second-ranked Columbia men (129; 10–5) are only two voting points ahead of Ohio State (127; 14–6), while Notre Dame (127; 14–6) stands only two points behind its regional rival OSU. Harvard (118; 7–2) rounds out the current  men’s top-5.

Current No. 2 Columbia and the 4th-ranked Notre Dame men swapped spots from the previous poll, while Ohio State maintained its position at No. 3 and Harvard flipped positions with previous No. 5 St. John’s (108; 10–5). There also was a swap of spots between current No. 7 Penn (85; 14–6) and 8th-ranked Princeton (84; 14–5), while Duke (63; 12–4) and Stanford (61; 14–3) again round out the top–10.

The Columbia men split their eight dual matches vs. fellow top-10 teams during the SJU/NYU weekend – highlighted by the win over PSU and splits vs. both OSU and ND. The Ohio State men – who alse fenced at the Northwesetrn Duals on Jan. 31 – went 5–5 vs. top-10 opponents over the past two weeks, with top wins over ND and Columbia (split two maatchups vs. the Lions). The Notre Dame men similarly went 5–5 vs. top-10 foes over the past two weeks, led by a 17–10 win over Columbia.

The Harvard men moved up a spot, after their 4–1 showing at the elite SJU Invitational (lone loss vs. PSU; key wins vs. ND, OSU and Columbia). After a disappointing string of defeats in their home event, the St. John’s men bounced back in Jersey City by knocking off ND, OSU and Columbia. Other notable recent results include the Stanford men – led by 2012 Olympian and 2013 NCAA foil champion Alexander Massialas – edging Ohio State, 14–13 (at Northwestern).

The surging NJIT men more than doubled their voting point total (now up to 19, trailing only 14 teams), with recent notable wins over Brown and North Carolina (after earlier quality wins over Sacred Heart and Yale). NJIT’s recent results also include 13–14 losses vs. Duke, Brandeis and Boston College. The 2015 votes are believed to be the first time in the history of the poll that New Jersey Institute of Technology has received consideration from the voting panel, which votes for a top-15 in order to provide a deeper voting sample (the actual rankings are top-10). NJIT head coach Yefim Litvan – who formerly directed the fencing teams at Rutgers when they were varsity status – is a well-respected foil master, with his current pupils including NJIT sophomore David Kong, a 2014 NCAA qualifier.

• WOMEN’S TEAM NOTES (Columbia above) – The NOTRE DAME women (141 voting points; 20–2) have defeated every opponent except for Columbia this season, losing 12–15 and 13–14 on consecutive days vs. the Lions. The Irish women have racked up 14 wins in 2014-15 vs. top-10 teams: Princeton (2), Harvard, Ohio State (2), Penn State (2), Northwestern (2), Penn (2), St. John’s (2) and Temple.

The Princeton women (128; 16–4) have maintained their No. 3 ranking, while Harvard (109; 7–3–1) vaulted from No. 7 to 4th and Ohio State (104; 14–10) still sits at No. 5. In the bottom half of the poll, current No. 6 Penn State (102; 10–7) and (8) U-Penn (89; 14–6) both have dropped two spots in the poll, while Nothwestern (91; 22–5) has surged to No. 7 (up from 9th), St. John’s (71; 9–6–1) slipped one notch to 9th and Temple (64; 18–8) still rounds out the top-10.

In the recent Northwestern Duals, the Princeton women went 11–1, with their lone loss coming by one touch (13–14) in a showdown vs. ND. The Ohio State women turned in a noteworthy win (17–10) vs. Penn State, at the SJU Invit., while Northwestern’s rise came on the heels of 14–13 wins over OSU and Penn. The St. John’s women suffered six losses (all vs. top-10 teams) on Jan. 24-25 but picked up a notable 15–12 win over OSU.

• POLL HISTORY – The Columbia women previously were ranked #2 twice in the recorded history of the coaches poll (2001-15), checking in at #2 two weeks ago. That #2 had been the program’s highest ranking since being ranked second in all three polls of the 2007 season (the Columbia men were top-ranked for the first time in program history during the first three polls of 2014). At No. 6, the Penn women have their highest ranking since being ranked sixth in the middle poll of the 2009 season (bested only by a No. 5 ranking in the middle of the ’04 season).

Columbia is only the sixth women’s fencing program ever to hold down the No. 1 ranking, in the 15-year history of the coaches poll. The Notre Dame women have been ranked No. 1 in nearly half (21 of 43) of the women’s college fencing polls dating back to 2002. The Penn State women are a distant second, having been top-ranked nine times, followed by Princeton (6), Ohio State (3) and St. John’s (3).

On the men’s side, Penn State now holds a narrow lead vs. longtime rival Notre Dame – with 17 polls for PSU at No. 1 while ND has 16 (among 48 total men’s team’s ranked No. 1 dating back to the 2001 season), followed by Ohio State (8), Columbia (3), St. John’s (2), Stanford (1) and Harvard (1). These totals include two polls in which there we co-#1s.

• INDIVIDUAL NOTES – The Penn State men feature a veterean core led by current juniors Kaito Streets (2014 NCAA sabre champion) and Nobuo Bravo (’14 NCAA foil semifinalist), plus sophomore epeeist Conor Shepard (2014 NCAA entrant). Freshman Andrew Mackiewicz has made an impressive transition into college fencing, helping fill the void of graduated sabre All-American Adrian Bak.

The current Columbia women’s foil roster includes riduculos depth with the likes of Nzingha Prescod (a teammate of ND’s Kiefer on the 2012 U.S. Olympic team), Margaret Lu – who recently joined Kiefer and Zeiss as part of the U.S. women’s foil team that scored an historic win over Italy en route to a silver-medal finish at the Gdansk World Cup – and junior Jackie Dubrovich, the 2013 NCAA runner-up and a ’14 semifinalist. With epeeist sophomore Mason Speta (2014 NCAA entrant) also returning, Columbia needed to upgrade its women’s sabre unit and appears to have done so with the freshman trio of Danya HuAnastasia Ivanoff and Lena Johnson.

The Notre Dame women continue to be led by the elite foil duo of two-time NCAA champion Lee Kiefer and senior Madi Zeiss (’14 NCAA runner-up and ’13 semifinalist), plus senior epeeists Ashley Severson and Nicole Ameli. Similar to Columbia, the ND women have received a much-needed sabre boost through the addition of freshmen Francesca Russo and Claudia Kulmacz.

• TOP VETERANS – Four of the six 2014 NCAA individual champions are back in 2015:
• Yevgeniy Karyuchenko (men’s epee; St. John’s so.)
• Kaito Streets (men’s sabre; Penn State jr.)
• Lee Kiefer (women’s foil two-time champion; Notre Dame jr.)
• Adrienne Jarocki (women’s sabre; Harvard so.)
(Stanford jr. women’s epeeist Vivian Kong is utilizing a redshirt season while ND men’s foilist Gerek Meinhardt ended his college career after winning the 2014 NCAA title)

There also are three current fencers who have NCAA individual titles on their resume but prior to 2014: Stanford junior foilist and 2012 Olympian Massialas (’13 NCAA champ); Notre Dame senior men’s foilist Ariel DeSmet (’11); and U-Penn sabre junior Shaul Jordon (’13, while at PSU). 

Additional current fencers to watch include the following past NCAA runner-ups (in addition to Dubrovich and Kong in ’13, and Zeiss in ‘14): Notre Dame junior epeeist Garrett McGrath (’14); St. John’s men’s sabre junior Ferenc Valkai (’14); Penn sr. women’s foilist Luona Wang (’12); and Harvard women’s sabre jr. Aliya Itzkowitz (’14).

Others of note, based on reaching the NCAA semifinals/medal round over the past couple years, include: Penn State jr. men’s foilist Bravo (’14); Princeton jr. epeeist Jack Hudson (’14); St. John’s sabre junior Roman Sydorenko (’14); Ohio State so. foilist Alanna Goldie (’14); PSU sr. foilist Alina Antokhina (’12); PSU so. women’s epeeist Jessie Radanovich (’14); PSU women’s sabre so. Teodora Kakhiani (’14); Princeton sabre jr. Gracie Stone (’13 & ’14); and North Carolina sabre sr. Gillian Litynski (’13).

 • Schedule/Result Links for all teams

The full 2015 CF360 Fencing Coaches Poll #3 follows below (including all receiving votes). 

• Fencing Coaches Poll History (spreadsheets; 2001-15): MEN  |  WOME


CollegeFencing360 Coaches Poll #2 (Feb. 5, 2015)
MEN  (first-place votes – Penn State 6, Columbia 2, Notre Dame 1, St. John’s 1)
(school (varsity dual-meet record) – voting points … previous poll)
1. Penn State  (14–3) – 140 voting pts … (1) 
2. Columbia  (10–5) – 129 … (4)  
3. Ohio State  (14–6) – 127 … (3)
4. Notre Dame  (17–7) – 124 … (2) 
5. Harvard  (7–2) – 118 … (6)
6. St. John’s  (10–5) – 108 … (5)
7. Pennsylvania  (14–6) – 85 … (8)
8. Princeton  (14–5) – 84 … (7)
9. Duke  (12–4) – 63 ... (9)
10. Stanford  (14–3) – 61 … (10)
Also Receiving Votes (panel submits top-15) – Brown 38, Brandeis 30, North Carolina 23, UC San Diego 22, NJIT 19, NYU 12, Sacred Heart 12 and Yale 5.

WOMEN  (first-place votes – Columbia 9, Notre Dame 1) 
(school (varsity dual-meet record) – voting points … previous poll)
1. Columbia  (16–1) – 149 … (2)
2. Notre Dame  (20–2) – 141 voting pts … (1)
3. Princeton  (16–4) – 128 … (3)
4. Harvard  (7–3–1) – 109 … (7)
5. Ohio State  (14–10) – 104 … (5)
6. Penn State  (10–7) – 102 … (4)
7. Northwestern  (22–5) – 91 … (9)
8. Pennsylvania  (14–6) – 89 … (6)
9. St. John's  (9–6–1) – 71 … (8)
10. Temple  (18–8) – 64 … (10)
Also Receiving Votes (panel submits top-15) – Duke 44, Cornell 35, Stanford 21, Brown 17, North Carolina 17,  MIT 12, UC San Diego 7, Brandeis 4, Boston College 3, Fairleigh Dickinson 1 and Sacred Heart 1.

Notes – the #1 ranking is the first in program history for the Columbia women, in the 15-year history of the poll (previously, the program’s highest rankings had been #2 in all three polls of the 2007 season and #2 in the initial 2015 poll) … the Columbia men were #1 for the first time in program history during the first three polls of 2014.

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

Poll Notes: coach Ma 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 – 19 in the Northeast, 13 in the Mid-Atlantic/South, 7 in the Midwest and 4 in the West ... eight of these schools sponsor only a varsity women's fencing team: CCNY, Cornell, Fairleigh Dickinson, LIU Post, Northwestern, Queens, Temple, Tufts and Wellesley … McKendree and Incarnate Word will begin varsity fencing status in 2015-16 (both schools will sponsor men’s and women’s teams).

• Fencing Coaches Poll History (spreadsheets; 2001-15): MEN  |  WOMEN

2014 result links:
from NCAA Championships  
from 
Northeast Regional  |  from Mid-Atlantic/South Regional 
from 
Midwest Regional  |  from West Regional

• Schedule/Result Links for all teams

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Jan. 21, 2015
CF360 FENCING COACHES POLL #1
         
Contact: Pete LaFleur (editor@collegefencing360.com)
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Men – Penn State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Columbia, St. John’s, 
Harvard, Princeton, Penn, Duke and Stanford.

Women – Notre Dame, Columbia, Princeton, Penn State, Ohio State, 
Penn, Harvard, St. John’s, Northwestern and Temple.

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

• Fencing Coaches Poll History (spreadsheets; 2001-15):  MEN  |  WOMEN

(Note that plenty of additional early-season notes, results summaries, etc., coming on CF360.)

The first edition of the CollegeFencing360.com Coaches Poll for 2015 has been released, with the PENN STATE men and NOTRE DAME women occupying the top spots in advance of the most important weekend of the 2015 regular season (Jan. 24-25), with top events to be hosted by St. John’s, NYU and Penn. Notre Dame also is second in the men’s poll, followed by Ohio State and Columbia (which were separated by only one voting point). There similarly is tight bunching near the top of the women’s poll, with only four voting points separating the #2-#4 teams behind Notre Dame (Columbia, Princeton and Penn State).

Notre Dame is the only fencing program with both its teams ranked among the top-2 of the respective polls (#1 women, #2 men), while Penn State (#1 men, #4 women) and Columbia (#2 women, #4 men) are in the top-4 of each poll. Ohio State is third in the men’s poll and fifth in the women’s.

Based on combined voting points (men+women), Notre Dame has 271 of the maximum 300, followed by Penn State (259), Columbia (250), Ohio State (235), Princeton (221), Harvard (195), St. John’s (194) and Penn (189).

The No. 2 ranking matches the highest for the Columbia women, in the 15-year history of the coaches poll (2001-15), and is the program’s highest ranking since being ranked second in all three polls of the 2007 season (the Columbia men were top-ranked for the first time in program history during the first three polls of 2014). At No. 6, the Penn women have their highest ranking since being ranked sixth in the middle poll of the 2009 season (bested only by a No. 5 ranking in the middle of the ’04 season).

The Notre Dame women now have been ranked No. 1 in half (21 of 42) of the women’s college fencing polls dating back to 2002. The Penn State women are a distant second, having been top-ranked nine times, followed by Princeton (6), Ohio State (3) and St. John’s (3).

On the men’s side, Notre Dame and Penn State now share the most times ranked No. 1 (16 each, among 47 total men’s team’s ranked No. 1 dating back to the 2001 season), followed by Ohio State (8), Columbia (3), St. John’s (2), Stanford (1) and Harvard (1). These totals include two polls in which there we co-#1s.

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 co-sponsored/administered by CollegeFencing360.com (CF360). Updated polls will be released in early February, late-Feb. and then finally in mid-March (prior to the 2015 NCAA Championships, to be held March 19-22 at Ohio State).

The Penn State men – off to a 10-2 start, after one event in the fall semester and another tournament this past weekend – received half of the 10 first-place votes and 139 voting points (max. 150), ahead of Notre Dame (131; two first-place), Ohio State (127), Columbia (126; one first-place) and St. John’s (104; two first-place). The rest of the top-10 (#6-#10) includes: Harvard (100), Princeton (98), Pennsylvania (91), Duke (64) and Stanford (63). The Penn State men, with by the likes of current juniors Kaito Streets (2014 NCAA sabre champion) and Nobuo Bravo (’14 NCAA foil semifinalist), helped the Nittany Lions win the 2014 NCAA Combined Men’s and Women’s Fencing title.

The Notre Dame women – currently led by the elite foil duo of two-time NCAA champion Lee Kiefer and senior Madi Zeiss (’14 NCAA runner-up and ’13 semifinalist) – received four first-place votes as part of 140 voting points. The Irish are 5-0 after beating all of their opponents at the Ohio State Elite Invitational in mid-November – with top wins over Princeton (16-11), Penn State (24-3), the host Buckeyes (19-8) and Penn (22-5), all current top-six teams. During that event, the Princeton women saw their historic dual-meet winning streak end at 52, after going 3-3 that day with losses to host OSU (12-15), ND and Penn (11-16).

The Columbia women (6-1) collected one No.1 vote (124 voting points) to narrowly edge Princeton (123; three #1 votes) for the second position in the current poll. It is the highest ranking for the Columbia women since the 2007 team also was ranked No. 2 throughout that season, led by the potent sabre pair of Emily Jacobson and Daria Schneider (who both won NCAA titles during their careers). 

The current Columbia women’s foil roster includes riduculos depth with the likes of Nzingha Prescod (a teammate of ND’s Kiefer on the 2012 U.S. Olympic team), Margaret Lu – who recently joined Kiefer and Zeiss as part of the U.S. women’s foil team that scored an historic win over Italy en route to a silver-medal finish at the Gdansk World Cup – and junior Jackie Dubrovich, the 2013 NCAA runner-up and a ’14 semifinalist.

The Penn State women (120) also earned a No. 1 vote in the poll and occupy the fourth position, followed by Ohio State (108). The balance of the women’s top-10 (6th-10th) includes: Penn (98), Harvard (95), St. John’s (90), Northwestern (86; one first-place) and Temple (56).

Both of the current No. 1 teams are being led by first-year full-time head coaches, as Wes Glon had the "interim head coach” tag removed over the summer while Gia Kvaratskhelia was elevated from associate head coach to head coach at Notre Dame in early December, following Janusz Bednarski’s retirment due to health reasons. Both of these new head coaches have an elite reputation and track record within the collegiate ranks, while tutoring their specialty: Glon in sabre and Kvaratskhelia in foil.

One other quick team note: the NJIT men received eight voting points in the current poll, believed to be the first time in the history of the poll that New Jersey Institute of Technology has received consideration from the voting panel, which votes for a top-15 in order to provide a deeper voting sample (the actual rankings are top-10). NJIT head coach Yefim Litvan – who formerly directed the fencing teams at Rutgers when they were varsity status – is a well-respected foil master, with his current pupils including NJIT sophomore David Kong, a 2014 NCAA qualifier.

And some individual notes … 

Five of the 2014 NCAA individual champions are back in 2015:
• Yevgeniy Karyuchenko (men’s epee; St. John’s so.)
• Kaito Streets (men’s sabre; Penn State jr.)
• Lee Kiefer (women’s foil two-time champion; Notre Dame jr.)
• Vivian Kong (women’s epee; Stanford jr.; also ’13 runner-up)
• Adrienne Jarocki (women’s sabre; Harvard so.)

There also are three current fencers who have NCAA individual titles on their resume but prior to 2014: Stanford junior men’s foilist and 2012 Olympian Alexander Massialas (’13 NCAA champ); Notre Dame senior men’s foilist Ariel DeSmet (’11); and U-Penn sabre junior Shaul Jordon (’13, while at PSU). 

Additional current fencers to watch include the following past NCAA runner-ups (in addition to Dubrovich and Kong in ’13, and Zeiss in ‘14): Notre Dame junior epeeist Garrett McGrath (’14); St. John’s men’s sabre junior Ferenc Valkai (’14); Penn sr. women’s foilist Luona Wang (’12); and Harvard women’s sabre jr. Aliya Itzkowitz (’14).

Others of note, based on reaching the NCAA semifinals/medal round over the past couple years, include: Penn State jr. men’s foilist Bravo (’14); Princeton jr. epeeist Jack Hudson (’14); St. John’s sabre junior Roman Sydorenko (’14); Ohio State so. foilist Alanna Goldie (’14); PSU sr. foilist Alina Antokhina (’12); PSU so. women’s epeeist Jessie Radanovich (’14); PSU women’s sabre so. Teodora Kakhiani (’14); Princeton sabre jr. Gracie Stone (’13 & ’14); and North Carolina sabre sr. Gillian Litynski (’13).

 • Schedule/Result Links for all teams

The full initial 2015 CF360 Fencing Coaches Poll follows below (including all receiving votes). 
Note that plenty early-season notes, results summaries, etc. to be fortcoming on CF360 ...


CollegeFencing360 Coaches Poll #1 (Jan. 21, 2015)
MEN
  (first-place votes – Penn State 5, Notre Dame 2, St. John’s 2, Columbia 1)
(school (varsity dual-meet record) – voting points ... final 2014 ranking)
1. Penn State  (10–2) – 139 voting pts … (1) 
2. Notre Dame  (7–2) – 131 … (6) 
3. Ohio State  (5–1) – 127… (4)
4. Columbia  (5–1) – 126 … (2)  
5. St. John’s  (5–0) – 104 … (7)
6. Harvard  (3–1) – 100 … (3)
7. Princeton  (5–3) – 98 … (5)
8. Pennsylvania  (4–4) – 91 … (8)
9. Duke  (4–1) – 64 ... (9)
10. Stanford  (6–0) – 63 … (10)
Also Receiving Votes (panel submits top-15) – Brown 37, UC San Diego 23, North Carolina 21, Sacred Heart 21, Brandeis 18, Yale 13, MIT 9, NJIT 8, NYU 6 and Boston College 1.

WOMEN  (1st-place votes – Notre Dame 4, Princeton 3, Columbia 1, Northwestern 1, Penn St 1)
(school (varsity dual-meet record) – voting points ... final 2014 ranking)
1. Notre Dame  (5–0) – 140 voting pts … (4)
2. Columbia  (6–1) – 124 … (6)
3. Princeton  (5–3) – 123 … (1)
4. Penn State  (9–3) – 120 … (5)
5. Ohio State  (3–3) – 108 … (2)
6. Pennsylvania  (6–3) – 98 … (10)
7. Harvard  (6–0) – 95 … (3)
8. St. John's  (6–0) – 90 … (7)
9. Northwestern  (8–0) – 86 … (8)
10. Temple  (5–4) – 56 … (9)
Also Receiving Votes (panel submits top-15) – Duke 50, Cornell 26, Stanford 21, Brown 17, MIT 13, Sacred Heart 13, UC San Diego 7, North Carolina 5, Yale 3, Brandeis 2, Fairleigh Dickinson 2 and Air Force 1.

Notes – the #2 ranking matches the highest for the Columbia women, in the 15-year history of the poll, and is the program’s highest rankings since being #2 in all three polls of the 2007 season (the Columbia men were #1 for the first time in program history during the first three polls of 2014) … at #6, the Penn women have their highest ranking since being #6 in the middle poll of the 2009 season (bested only by a #5 ranking in middle of ’04 season).

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

Poll Notes: coach Ma 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 – 19 in the Northeast, 13 in the Mid-Atlantic/South, 7 in the Midwest and 4 in the West ... eight of these schools sponsor only a varsity women's fencing team: CCNY, Cornell, Fairleigh Dickinson, LIU Post, Northwestern, Queens, Temple, Tufts and Wellesley … McKendree and Incarnate Word will begin varsity fencing status in 2015-16 (both schools will sponsor men’s and women’s teams).

• Fencing Coaches Poll History (spreadsheets; 2001-15): MEN  |  WOMEN

2014 result links:
from NCAA Championships  |  from Northeast Regional
from Mid-Atlantic/South Regional  |  from Midwest Regional  |  from West Regional

• Schedule/Result Links for all teams

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