2016 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).


March 22, 2016  
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 – Columbia, Notre Dame, Pennsylvania, St. John’s, Penn State
Ohio State, Princeton, Harvard, Stanford and Duke

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

(scroll down for full release, including all other teams receiving votes … )        
• Schedule/Result Links for all teams

• Fencing Coaches Poll History (spreadsheets; 2001-16):  MEN  |  WOMEN

The final 2016 CollegeFencing360.com Coaches Polls are included below, reflecting votes collected after the NCAA Regional competitions and prior to the NCAA Championships in late March.

Additional summary notes, etc., may be aded to this release later.

The COLUMBIA men now have been ranked No. 1 nine times in their history (all over the past three seasons, including an active streak of six straight polls). Penn State (17) and Notre Dame (16) are nearly equal in terms of most times ranked No. 1 (among 52 total men’s team’s ranked No. 1 dating back to the 2001 season), followed by Ohio State (8), Columbia (6), St. John’s (2), Stanford (1), Harvard (1) and Penn (1). These totals include two polls in which there were co-#1s.

The NOTRE DAME women now have been ranked No. 1 in nearly half (24 of 49) 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), Columbia (4; all in 2015 or ’16), Ohio State (3) and St. John’s (3).

The annual college fencing coaches polls 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 Pete LaFleur of CollegeFencing360.com (CF360). Updated polls will be released in late January/early February, late-Feb./early March and then finally in mid-March (prior to the 2016 NCAA Championships, to be held March 24-27 at Brandeis in Waltham, Mass.).

• Fencing Coaches Poll History (spreadsheets; 2001-16):  MEN  |  WOMEN 

 • Schedule/Result Links for all teams 

The full updated 2016 CF360 Fencing Coaches Polls follow below (including all receiving votes). 


CollegeFencing360 Coaches Poll #4 (March 22, 2016)
MEN  (first-place votes – Columbia 3.5, U-Penn 3.5, Notre Dame 1, Penn State 1, St. John’s 1)

(school (varsity dual-meet record/to be added) – voting pts .. prev. poll #.. poll #.. poll #1)
1. Columbia ( ) – 137.5 voting pts … (t-1) … (1) … (1)
2. Notre Dame ( ) – 133 … (3) … (2) … (2)
3. Pennsylvania ( ) – 123.5 voting pts … (t-1) …( 3) … (3)
4. St. John’s ( ) – 119 … (5) … (6) … (6)
5. Penn State ( ) – 114 … (4) … (4) … (5)
6. Ohio State ( ) – 103 … (8) … (7) … (7)
7. Princeton ( ) – 100 … (7) … (8) … (8)
8. Harvard ( ) – 79 … (6) … (5) … (4)
9. Stanford ( ) – 64 … (10) … (10) … (10)
10. Duke ( ) – 59 … (9) … (9) … (9)
Also Receiving Votes (panel submits top-15) – NYU (49), NJIT (45), UC San Diego (34), Yale (16), Brown (12), Sacred Heart (5), North Carolina (14), Boston College (2) and Incarnate Word (1).

WOMEN  (first-place votes – Notre Dame 7, Columbia 3)
(school  (varsity dual-meet record/to be added) – voting points … previous poll #2 … poll #1)
1. Notre Dame ( ) – 147 voting pts … (1) … (2) … (1)
2. Columbia ( ) – 142 … (2) … (1) … (2)
3. Princeton
 ( ) – 127 … (4) … (3) … (3)
4. Harvard
 ( ) – 118 … (3) … (4) … (4)
5. St. John’s
 ( ) – 106 … (t-7) … (7) … (7)
6. Ohio State
 ( ) – 104 … (6) … (6) … (6)
7. Northwestern
 ( ) – 89 … (5) … (5) … (5)
8. Penn State
 ( ) – 73 … (t-7) … (9) … (8)
9. Temple
 ( ) – 71 … (10) … (10) … (10)
10. Cornell – 52
 … (–) … (–) … (–)
Also Receiving Votes (panel submits top-15) – Duke (44), Stanford (36), *U–Penn (29), Wayne State (26), UC San Diego (16), NJIT (8), North Carolina (5),  Yale (3), Boston College (2), Brandeis (2) and Stevens Tech (1). 

* – note: the Penn women were #9 in the initial 2016 poll, then #8 and #9 again in the third poll.

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 5 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 will begin varsity fencing status in 2016-17 (sponsoring men’s and women’s teams), as will Wagner for women only.

• Fencing Coaches Poll History (spreadsheets; 2001-16):  MEN  |  WOMEN


2016 result links:
from NCAA Championships  |  from Northeast Regional  |  
from Mid-Atlantic/South Regional   | from Midwest Regional  |  from West Regional  
(also click here for West pre-regional seeds)

CLICK HERE for CF360’s annual in-depth look at 2016 NCAA Fencing Championship field

Headshot Photo Galleries (with info. & notes) of 2015 NCAA Field: M-Foil  |  M-Epee  |  M-Sabre

• CF360 2015 Fencer Focus (Q&A)
Men's Foil  |  Men’s Epee  |  Men’s Sabre

• Schedule/Result Links for all teams

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March 11, 2016
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/Pennsylvania, Notre Dame, Penn State, St. John’s
Harvard
Princeton, Ohio State, Duke and Stanford

Women – Notre Dame, Columbia, Princeton, Harvard, Northwestern  

Ohio State, Penn State/St. John’s, Pennsylvania and Temple


(scroll down for full release, including all other teams receiving votes … )        
• Schedule/Result Links for all teams (some links still to be updated for 2015–16)

• Fencing Coaches Poll History (spreadsheets; 2001-16/to be updated to include current polls):  MEN  |  WOMEN


The early-March update to the CollegeFencing360.com Coaches Polls has produced a historic moment for the University of PENNsylvania men’s program, as the Quakers have risen to earning the No. 1 position – technically tied at #1 – for the first time in the 16-year history of the coaches poll (dating back to 2001). On the women’s side, NOTRE DAME has edged back in front of growing rival Columbia to reclaim the top position Columbia (ND was #1 in the initial poll, before Columbia moved to No. 1 in early Feb.).

The top-three teams in the men’s poll are separated by only two voting points: previous #1 Columbia and current co-#1 Penn (133) and Notre Dame (131). ND received four 1st-place votes and Penn three, plus two for 5th-place St. John’s (up from 6th) and one for 4th-place Penn State. The Harvard men have slipped from 5th to 6th, while current No. 7 Princeton and [8] Ohio State have flipped spots from the previous poll. Duke and Stanford continue to round out the men’s top–10.

The Notre Dame women’s 147–143 edge in voting points over Columbia includes a 7–3 margin in 1st-place votes. The #3-#6 teams remain unchanged: Princeton, Harvard, Northwestern and Ohio State. Current No. 7 Penn State has moved up two spots, now tied with St. John’s, while the Penn women have dropped from #8 to #9. Temple remains the No. 10 team in the women’s poll.

The Columbia men have been ranked No. 1 eight times in their history (all over the past three seasons, including an active streak of five straight polls). Penn State (17) and Notre Dame (16) are nearly equal in terms of most times ranked No. 1 (among 51 total men’s team’s ranked No. 1 dating back to the 2001 season), followed by Ohio State (8), Columbia (6), St. John’s (2), Stanford (1), Harvard (1) and now Penn (1). These totals include two polls in which there were co-#1s.

The Notre Dame women now have been ranked No. 1 in nearly half (23 of 48) 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), Columbia (4; all in 2015 or ’16), Ohio State (3) and St. John’s (3).

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 Pete LaFleur of CollegeFencing360.com (CF360). Updated polls will be released in late January/early February, late-Feb./early March and then finally in mid-March (prior to the 2016 NCAA Championships, to be held March 24-27 at Brandeis in Waltham, Mass.).

• Fencing Coaches Poll History (spreadsheets; 2001-16/to be updated to include current polls):  MEN  |  WOMEN

 • Schedule/Result Links for all teams (some links still being updated for 2016)

Full updated 2016 CF360 Fencing Coaches Polls follow below (including all receiving votes). 


CollegeFencing360 Coaches Poll #3 (March 11, 2016)
MEN  (first-place votes – Notre Dame 3, U-Penn 3, St. John’s 2, Penn State 1)
(school (varsity dual-meet record/to be added) – voting points … previous poll #2 … poll #1)
co-1. Columbia ( ) – 133 voting pts … (1) … (1)
co-1. Pennsylvania ( ) 
– 133 voting pts … (3) … (3)
3. Notre Dame ( ) – 131 … (2) … (2)
4. Penn State ( ) – 116 … (4) … (5)
5. St. John’s ( ) – 114 … (6) … (6)
6. Harvard ( ) – 104 … (5) … (4)
7. Princeton ( ) – 95 … (8) … (8)
8. Ohio State ( ) – 93 … (7) … (7)
9. Duke ( ) – 69 … (9) … (9)
10. Stanford ( ) – 47 … (10) … (10)
Also Receiving Votes (panel submits top-15) – UC San Diego (38), NYU (33), Brown (29), NJIT (27), Yale (17), North Carolina (10), Johns Hopkins (4), Brandeis (3), Sacred Heart (2), Air Force & Boston College (1).

WOMEN  (first-place votes – Notre Dame 7, Columbia 3)
(school (varsity dual-meet record/to be added) – voting points … previous poll #2 … poll #1)
1. Notre Dame ( ) – 147 voting pts … (2) … (1)
2. Columbia ( ) – 143 … (1) … (2)
3. Harvard
 ( ) – 117 … (4) … (4)
4. Princeton
 ( ) – 116 … (3) … (3)
5. Northwestern
 ( ) – 107 … (5) … (5)
6. Ohio State
 ( ) – 101 … (6) … (6)
7. Penn State
 ( ) – 82 … (9) … (8)
7. St. John’s
 ( ) – 82 … (7) … (7)
9. Pennsylvania
 ( ) – 72 … (8) … (9)
10. Temple
 ( ) – 71 … (10) … (10)
Also Receiving Votes (panel submits top-15) – Duke (55), Cornell (36), Stanford & UC San Diego (20), North Carolina (9), Sacred Heart & Stevens Tech (6), Brandeis & Boston College (3), Brown & Yale (2)

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 5 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 will begin varsity fencing status in 2016-17 (sponsoring men’s and women’s teams), as will Wagner for women only.

• Fencing Coaches Poll History (spreadsheets; 2001-16/to be updated to include current polls):  MEN  |  WOMEN


2015 result links:
from NCAA Championships  |  from Northeast Regional
from Mid-Atlantic/South Regional  |  from Midwest Regional  |  from West Regional

Headshot Photo Galleries (with info. & notes) of 2015 NCAA Field: M-Foil  |  M-Epee  |  M-Sabre

• CF360 2015 Fencer Focus (Q&A)
Men's Foil  |  Men’s Epee  |  Men’s Sabre

CLICK HERE for CF360’s annual in-depth look at2015 NCAA Fencing Championship field

• Schedule/Result Links for all teams (some links being updated)

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Jan. 29, 2016 
CF360 FENCING COACHES POLL #2
 
Contact: Pete LaFleur (editor@collegefencing360.com)
(all content courtesy of College Fencing 360; please credit and link accordingly)

Men – Columbia, Notre Dame, Pennsylvania, Penn State, Harvard

St. John’s, Ohio State, Princeton, Duke and Stanford

Women – Columbia, Notre Dame, Princeton, Harvard, Northwestern  

Ohio State, St. John’s, Pennsylvania, Penn State and Temple


(scroll down for  full release/notes & complete rankings, including all others receiving votes … )        
• Schedule/Result Links for all teams (some links still to be updated for 2015–16)

• Fencing Coaches Poll History (spreadsheets; 2001-16):  MEN  |  WOMEN

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

For the third time in the past two seasons, COLUMBIA occupies both No. 1 spots (for men and women) in the CollegeFencing360.com Coaches Polls. In the second polling of the 2015-16 season, the Columbia men (12-2) maintained a solid cushion on second-ranked NOTRE DAME (9-1) while the Columbia women (14-1) edged past previous No. 1 ND (10-0) by the narrow margin of 144 voting points to 142, a virtual tie for the top spot.

One school being ranked No. 1 simultaneously for both its men’s and women’s fencing teams has been a fairly common occurrence – now happening in 11 of the past 15 seasons – but it did not happen in 2013, nor in 2014. The Columbia men and women both were No. 1 in the final two polls of the 2015 season.

The Columbia women received their boost in the rankings after going 7–0 at the Penn State Duals, including wins over several top-10 teams, while the ND women were 5–0 at home vs. a collection of opponents that all fall outside the top-10. Columbia posted wins over host #8 PSU (16–11), #9 Univ. of Pennsylvania (20–7) and #10 Temple (15–12), in addition to registering a 17–10 win over a Duke team (12th-most votes) that also knocked off Penn State.

The Columbia and Notre Dame women – which split the 10 first-place votes – were slated to go head-to-head last weekend at St. John’s, but that two-day event was wiped out by the big winter storm (as was a tournament at Penn).

The Columbia men retained a double-digit cushion (142–127) over No. 2 ND, despite the Lions suffering a pair of losses at PSU: 11–16 vs. the 5th-ranked host team and 12–15 vs. #9 Duke – plus an 18–9 showdown win over Ivy League rival #3 U-Penn (now 10-1), which maintained that program-best position, now only three points behind ND with 124. In their annual battle vs. their in-state rival, the Penn men scored a key 17-10 win over #5 PSU.

The Columbia men received half of the 10 first-place votes, followed by two for St. John’s and one each for Notre Dame, Penn and Penn State.

The PENN STATE men (9-3; 119) – buoyed by their big win over Columbia – moved past idle Harvard (now #5; 5–0; 105) into the No. 4 position. The 6th–10th spots remain unchanged: St. John’s (4-0; 105) … Ohio State (3-2; 96) … Princeton (6-3; 89) … Duke (3-2) – 70 … and Stanford (5-0; 56). SJU, OSU and Princeton each have been idle during the past two weeks.

The PRINCETON women (8-2; 119), idle all semester, joined the Penn men in holding onto the No. 3 position in their respective poll. while the 4th-7th spots also remain unchanged: idle Harvard (6-0; 115) … Northwestern (22-4; 99) … Ohio State (5-2; 96) … and St. John’s (5-0; 89). 10th-ranked Temple (9-4; 70) also retained its spot, while the Penn women (now #8; 7-4; 81) and current #9 Penn State (7-5; 79) swapped positions.

The past few weeks have been uncharted territory for the Penn State women, who had not been ranked lower than sixth in the 16-year history of the poll (before being ranked 8th, and now 9th, so far this season).

Based on combined voting points (men+women), Columbia has 286 of the maximum 300, followed by Notre Dame (269), Harvard (231), Princeton (208), U-Penn (205), Penn State (198), St. John’s (194), Ohio State (192), Duke (124) and Stanford (87).

The Columbia men now have been ranked No. 1 seven times in their history (all over the past three seasons, including an active streak of four straight polls). Penn State (17) and Notre Dame (16) are nearly equal in terms of most times ranked No. 1 (among 51 total men’s team’s ranked No. 1 dating back to the 2001 season), followed by Ohio State (8), Columbia (6), St. John’s (2), Stanford (1) and Harvard (1). These totals include two polls in which there were co-#1s.

The Notre Dame women have been ranked No. 1 in nearly half (22 of 47) 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), Columbia (4; all in 2015 or ’16), Ohio State (3) and St. John’s (3).

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 Pete LaFleur of CollegeFencing360.com (CF360). Updated polls will be released in late January/early February, late-Feb. and then finally in mid-March (prior to the 2016 NCAA Championships, to be held March 24-27 at Brandeis in Waltham, Mass.).

In addition to various results referenced above, there a few other top-10 matchups at the Penn State Duals:
• #3 Penn men 17-10 vs. [9] Duke
• #5 Penn State men 18-9 vs. [9] DUke 
• #8 Penn State women 14-13 vs. [9] Penn 
• #10 Temple women 18-9 vs. [8] Penn State
• Duke women 15-12 vs. #8 Penn State (only result over past two weeks, men or women, in which an unranked team beat a top-10 squad)
 

• Fencing Coaches Poll History (spreadsheets; 2001-16):  MEN  |  WOMEN

 • Schedule/Result Links for all teams (some links still being updated for 2016)

The full updated 2016 CF360 Fencing Coaches Polls follow below (including all teams receiving votes).  Note that plenty of additional early-season notes, results summaries, etc. to be fortcoming on CF360 ...


CollegeFencing360 Coaches Poll #2 (Jan. 28, 2016)
MEN  (first-place votes – Columbia 5, St. John’s 2, Notre Dame 1, U-Penn 1, Penn State 1)
(school (varsity dual-meet record) – voting points … previous)
1. Columbia (12-2) – 142 voting pts … (1)
2. Notre Dame (9-1) 
– 127 … (2)
3. Pennsylvania (10-1) – 124 … (3)
4. Penn State (9-3) – 119 … (5)
5. Harvard (5-0) – 116 … (4)
6. St. John’s (4-0) – 105 … (6)
7. Ohio State (3-2) – 96 … (7)
8. Princeton (6-3) – 89 … (8)
9. Duke (3-2) – 70 … (9)
10. Stanford (5-0) – 56 … (10)
Also Receiving Votes (panel submits top-15) – UC San Diego (31), NYU (30), Brown (26), Yale (24), NJIT (20), North Carolina (16), Brandeis (4), Air Force (2), Sacred Heart (2) and Boston College (1).

WOMEN  (first-place votes – Columbia 5, Notre Dame 5)
(school (varsity dual-meet record) – voting points ... previous)
1. Columbia (14-1) – 144 … (2)
2. Notre Dame (10-0) – 142 voting pts … (1)
3. Princeton (8-2) – 119 … (3)
4. Harvard (6-0) – 115 … (4)
5. Northwestern (22-4) – 99 … (5)
6. Ohio State (5-2) – 96 … (6)
7. St. John’s (5-0) – 89 … (7)
8. Pennsylvania (7-4) – 81 … (9)
9. Penn State (7-5) – 79 … (8)
10. Temple (9-4) – 70 … (10)
Also Receiving Votes (panel submits top-15) – Duke (54), Cornell (35), Stanford (31), UC San Diego (11), North Carolina (9), Brown (7), NYU (5), Yale (4), Brandeis (4), Boston College (4), MIT (1) and Sacred Heart (1).

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 5 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 will begin varsity fencing status in 2016-17 (sponsoring men’s and women’s teams), as will Wagner for women only.

• Fencing Coaches Poll History (spreadsheets; 2001-16):  MEN  |  WOMEN

2015 result links:
from NCAA Championships  |  from Northeast Regional
from Mid-Atlantic/South Regional  |  from Midwest Regional  |  from West Regional

Headshot Photo Galleries (with info. & notes) of 2015 NCAA Field: M-Foil  |  M-Epee  |  M-Sabre

• CF360 2015 Fencer Focus (Q&A)
Men's Foil  |  Men’s Epee  |  Men’s Sabre

CLICK HERE for CF360’s annual in-depth look at2015 NCAA Fencing Championship field

• Schedule/Result Links for all teams (some links being updated)

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Jan. 15, 2016
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, Notre Dame, Pennsylvania, Harvard, Penn State
St. John’s, Ohio State, Princeton, Duke and Stanford

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


(scroll down for  full release/notes & complete rankings, including all others receiving votes … )        
• Schedule/Result Links for all teams (some links still to be updated for 2015–16)

• Fencing Coaches Poll History (spreadsheets; 2001-16):  MEN  |  WOMEN

(Note that plenty of additional notes, results summaries, etc., are forthcoming on CF360.)

With an expanded collection of college fencing events slated for January this year (plus even more than usual that were contested during the fall semester), the first edition of the CollegeFencing360.com Coaches Poll for 2015 has been released mid-month for the first time in the 16-year history of the rankings. The COLUMBIA men – 10 months removed from helping the Lons win the 2015 NCAA Men’s and Women’s Combined Fencing Championship – are the clear No. 1 in the initial 2016 poll, while the NOTRE DAME women narrowly edged the Columbia women (141 voting points to 139) in that first poll of the season.

(Note: there are several notable college fencing tournaments on the weekend of Jan. 16-17; look for details soon on CF360 main page and sidebar schedule, also on Twitter via @CF360updates).

The Notre Dame men are a distant second to Columbia in the initial poll (122 points to 141, out of a max. 150), while the University of PENNSYLVANIA men have matched the highest ranking  (No. 3; highest since being #3 in final 2009 poll) in their program’s history. The PRINCETON women – despite the absence of elite epeeists/Olympic hopefuls Kat Holmes and Anna Van Brummen – hold down the No. 3 position in the opening poll, while Harvard is ranked 4th in both the men’s and women’s polls.

The Penn State men debut at No. 5 in the initial poll, while the 5th-ranked Northwestern women have earned their highest ranking since opening the 2012 season at No. 4. The balance of the men’s top-10 (6th-10th) includes: St. John’s, Ohio State, Princeton, Duke and Stanford. The five teams rounding out the women’s top-10 include: Ohio State, St. John’s, Penn State, Penn and Temple.

Based on combined voting points (men+women), Columbia has 280 of the maximum 300, followed by Notre Dame (263), Harvard (235), Penn (211), Princeton (also 211), Penn State (205), St. John’s (197), Ohio State (196), Duke (106) and Stanford (84).

The Columbia men now have been ranked No. 1 six times in their history (all over the past three seasons, including three straight polls). Penn State (17) and Notre Dame (16) are nearly equal in terms of most times ranked No. 1 (among 51 total men’s team’s ranked No. 1 dating back to the 2001 season), followed by Ohio State (8), Columbia (6), St. John’s (2), Stanford (1) and Harvard (1). These totals include two polls in which there were co-#1s.

The Notre Dame women now have been ranked No. 1 in nearly half (22 of 46) 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), St. John’s (3) and Columbia (3, all in 2015).

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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 Pete LaFleur of CollegeFencing360.com (CF360). Updated polls will be released in late January/early February, late-Feb. and then finally in mid-March (prior to the 2016 NCAA Championships, to be held March 24-27 at Brandeis in Waltham, Mass.).

The Columbia men – whose 8-0 showing in the fall semester included a 14-13 win over Ivy League rival Princeton (at the Penn Elite Invitational) – received six of the 10 first-place votes and 141 voting points (max. 150), ahead of Notre Dame (4-1; 122; one first-place), Penn (5-0; 121; one), Harvard (5-0; 118), Penn State (4-2; 115), St. John’s (4-0; 105; one) and Ohio State (3-2; 103; one). The rest of the top-10 (#8-#10) includes: Princeton (6-3; 92), Duke (0-0; 64) and Stanford (0-0; 54).  

Other notable 2015 fall semester men’s results included:
• ND 14-13 vs. OSU and 16-11 vs. Princeton
• Penn 16-11 vs. ND and 16-11 vs. OSU
• Harvard 17-10 vs. PSU
• Princeton 15-12 vs. PSU
• OSU 17-10 vs. Princeton

The Notre Dame (5) and Columbia (4) women accounted for all but one of the first-place votes, with the other going to Penn. The ND women went 5-0 in the fall at the Penn Elite Invitational, with top wins over Princeton (18-9), Northwestern (14-13), OSU (16-11) and Penn (17-10). The Columbia women (7-1) were 4-1 at that same event, which did not feature a showdown vs. ND, with the Lions loss coming 13-14 vs. Northwestern (top wins so far by the Columbia women include 16-11 vs. Princeton, 16-11 earlier vs. Northwestern, and 15-12 vs. Temple).

The Princeton women (8-2; 119 pts) trail behind the top two programs, with the Tigers narrowly edging Ivy rival Harvard (6-0; 117) for the current No. 3 position. Fifth-ranked Northwestern (17-4; 99) is coming off a busy fall, with the balance of the top-10 including: Ohio State (5-2; 93), St. John’s (5-0; 92), Penn State (3-2; 90), Penn (3-2; 83) and Temple (5-3; 65).

The other notable 2015 fall semester women’s results included (beyond those listed above):
• Princeton 17-10 vs. Northwestern and 16-11 vs. PSU
• Harvard 18-9 vs. PSU and 17-10 vs. Temple
• Northwestern 14-13 vs. OSU
• Cornell 14-13 vs. Northwestern (the Big Red received the 11th-most votes and 45 pts)
• OSU 15-12 vs. Penn and 14-13 vs. Temple
• SJU 16-11 vs. Cornell

• Fencing Coaches Poll History (spreadsheets; 2001-16):  MEN  |  WOMEN

2015 result links:
from NCAA Championships  |  from Northeast Regional
from Mid-Atlantic/South Regional  |  from Midwest Regional  |  from West Regional

Headshot Photo Galleries (with info. & notes) of 2015 NCAA Field: M-Foil  |  M-Epee  |  M-Sabre

• CF360 2015 Fencer Focus (Q&A)
Men's Foil  |  Men’s Epee  |  Men’s Sabre

CLICK HERE for CF360’s annual in-depth look at the 2015 NCAA Fencing Championship field


QUICK TEAM SUMMARIES

• COLUMBIA Men – Return five of the six fencers (all seniors) who helped Lions men and women win 2015 NCAA team title … two of them reached the medal round, with 2015 epee champion Jake Hoyle edging teammate Brian Ro in a 14-13 semifinal … foilist Harry Bergman (5th) narrowly missed the 2015 medal round, while Adam Mathieu was 12th for All-America honors … sabre returner Geoff Loss (14th) placed a couple spots out of All-America status, while Will Spear (17th) wrapped up his stellar four-year career. … junior foilist Drew Johnson placed 4th at the 2015 NCAA Northeast Regional and easily could have fenced in the NCAAs (the Lions opted for the veteran Mathieu, alongside Bergman). … two Lions newcomers rank among the top-10 in the USFA under-20 rankings: foilist Nolen Scruggs (Ozone Park, NY) and sabre rookie Calvin Liang (Chandler, AZ).

• COLUMBIA Women – Despite the season-long absence of U.S Olympic hopeful Margaret Lu (2015 NCAA runner-up), the Lions still return three-time foil All-American Jackie Dubrovich (2013 NCAA runner-up; ’14 semifinalist) and junior Sara Taffel, who placed 15th at the 2014 NCAAs – in addition to adding two of the nation’s top young foilists: Iman Blow (#2 in nation among U-20s; Brooklyn, NY) and Quinn Crum (#8; Providence, RI) … the sabre unit, led by the sophomore trio of Anastasia Ivanoff (5th at 2015 NCAAs), Lena Johnson (also an All-American, placing 9th) and Danya Yu, should continue to boost the Lions dual-meet success … the epee squad features jr. two-time All-American Mason Speta (11th at 2015 NCAAs) and so. Katie Angen, who placed 18th at the NCAAs a year ago.

• NOTRE DAME Women – The Irish foilists are minus an Olympic hopeful of their own (three-time NCAA champ Lee Kiefer, who will fence her final college season in 2017), in addition to replacing four-year foil All-American Madi Zeiss … but help is on the way in the form of elite freshman Sabrina Massialas (San Francisco), one of the world’s top under-20 foilists, son of U.S. men’s foil coach Greg Massialas and sister of Stanford standout/National Team regular/recent world #1 Alex Massialas (two-time NCAA men’s foil champ) … fellow San Francisco native and ND classmate Elyssa Kleiner (10th in U.S. u-20 rankings) provides even more foil depth, as does senior Nicole McKee (6th at 2015 NCAA Midwest Regional) … the Irish return a great sophomore duo in sabre, in Francesca Russo (2015 NCAA champ) and Claudia Kulmacz (13th at ’15 NCAAs), with freshman Tara Hassett (Portland, Ore.) a top candidate to round out the starting group (she is the sister of former ND sabre standouts Eileen and Kevin Hassett) … ND must replace a pair of four-year epee stars: Ashley Severson and fellow All-American Nicole Ameli, who placed 9th and 13th, respectively, at the 2015 NCAAs … the ND women could be a year away from greatness, with Kiefer set to return in 2017, which also will signal the college debut for epeeist Amanda Sirico (Olympic hopeful/current U.S. u-20 #1) … current ND newcomer Madeline Antekeier (Houston; #4 among U.S. u-20s) looks to follow in the footsteps of two other recent Texas-trained epeeists who starred with the Irish (sisters/Olympians Kelley and Courtney Hurley).

 NOTRE DAME Men – For the second straight year, ND is replacing a former NCAA men’s foil champion (former world #1 Gerek Meinhardt wrapped up his college career in 2014, followed by Ariel DeSmet in 2015) … but the program’s signature weapon has added the nation’s top-rated U-20 foilist in Axel Kiefer (Lee’s brother; Lexington, KY) while two veterans have NCAA Tournament experience: so. Virgile Collineau (11th in ’15) and jr. Kristjan Archer (10th in ’14) … sr. epeeist Garrett McGrath was the 2014 NCAA runner-up and is a three-time NCAA entrant, while so. Nicolas Hanahan placed 22nd at the 2015 NCAAs … the Irish have three sabre fencers with NCAA Tournament bouts under their belt: sophomores Jonah Sahinberg (12th in ’15) and Jon. Fitagerald (20th), plus sr. John Hallsten (13th in ’14; 18th in ’13) … jr. foilist Hazem Khazbak was taking the semester off for an Olympic bid (with Egypt) but now is out with an injury … Ari Simmons, one of the world’s top young epeeists, is a 2016 U.S. Olympic hopeful and will start his college career with the Irish in 2016-17. 

• PRINCETON Women – Despite the absence of Olympic hopefuls Kat Holmes and Anna Van Brummen (both former NCAA epee medal-round fencers), the Tigers still return sabre senior Gracie Stone (two-time NCAA semifinalist) and another sabre All-American in so. Allison Lee (7th at ’15 NCAAs), plus senior epee All-American Isabel Ford (also 7th at ’15 NCAAs) and yet another All-American in jr. foilist Ashley Tsue (10th in ’15) … Princeton also must replace four-time NCAA foil entrant Ambika Singh (18th at ’15 NCAAs) … Stone, who battled injuries for much of the 2015 season, could combine with elite newcomer Sage Palmedo (Portland, Ore.) to form the nation’s top sabre duo (the 5-foot-8 Palmedo is the world’s top-ranked u-20 women’s sabre fencer) … Princeton’s epee pipeline also keeps chugging, with the addition of fr. Charlene Lu (Bridgewater, NJ; #5 among U.S. u-20s).

• PENN Men – The Quakers men are a team on the rise, with an assortment of fencers who have NCAA Tournament experience plus a pair of highly-touted newcomers … sophomore John Vaiani reached the 2015 NCAA foil semifinals, while sr. Shaul Gordon was the 2013 NCAA runner-up (fencing for in-state rival Penn State; he then was a  2014 semifinalist with Penn but disappointingly placed 15th in 2015) … Penn returns its All-America epee duo, as sophomores Jake Raynis and Zsomber Garzo placed 9th and 10th at the 2015 NCAAs … the roster also includes three senior veterans who were not in the 2015 NCAAs but fenced at the NCAAs earlier in their careers: epeeist RJ Shipp (14th in ’14), foilist Adam El Kassas (21st in ’14) and epeeist Ayuub Ibrahim (8th in ’13; did not fence at all for Penn in ’15) … Penn must replace two departed fencers from its 2015 NCAA group (Steven Yang/11th in sabre, and foilist Jason Chang/16th) but overall help is on hand with the arrival of epeeist Justin Yoo (Los Angeles; #1 among U.S. u-20s) and the nation’s #7 under-20 foilist Raymond Chen (Dallas).

• More Quick Team/Fencer Notes (in most cases, these notes are beyond obvious top returners):
– The HARVARD MEN must cope without sabre so. Eli Dershwitz (Olympic hopeful; 2015 NCAA semifinalist) but epeeist Peregrine Badger still is part of the squad (he was a 2013 NCAA semifinalist, 6th in ’13, did not fence in ’14 and then did not make NCAA is ’15) while sr. foilist Michael Woo will be hoping for a return to the NCAAs after not getting that far in 2015 (8th in ’13, 9th in ’14). 
… the 
PENN STATE MEN have three championship-level fencers back in the fold, including the past two NCAA men’s sabre champs (current sr. Kaito Streets won in 2014 while Andrew Mackiewicz was a freshman champion in ’15) plus jr. foilist Nobuo Bravo (’15 runner-up; ’14 semifinalist). 
… couple 
PSU WOMEN’s roster notes: Karen Chang taking year off (Olympic hopeful with Hong Kong; was 2015 NCAA sabre runner-up as a freshman) while the squad returns the potent “Junior Jessies” epee duo of Jessie Radanovich (2014 NCAA semifinalist; 5th in ’15) and Jessica O’Neill-Lyubinsky (13th in ’14; missed 2015 NCAAs, after being affected by injury in Regional round).

… OHIO STATE MEN: Lewis Weiss (epee/2015 NCAA semifinalist) is back, after taking off in the fall for his Olympic bid, while the squad’s top Canadians (namely Fares Arfa/sabre and Marc-Antoinie Blais/epee) are fencing this semester, and Inaki De Guzman (epee/2014 NCAA entrant) is back, after not fencing at OSU in 2015.

OSU WOMEN: It’s certainly notable that Mona Shaito (NCAA foil semifinalist in ’12 and ’13) has returned, and she could be in Olympics with Lebanon again but still will fence with OSU. Alexa Antipas (sabre) was 6th at the 2014 NCAAs but did not make the 2015 NCAAs. 2015 NCAA sabre qualifier Kim Young is no longer on the OSU team. Canadian foilists Eleanor Harvey & Alanna Goldie will fence for OSU this semester.

… PRINCETON MEN: Michael Dudey (foil/DNF in 2015) is back, he was 5th at the 2013 NCAAs and 7th in 2014. Another foilist who did not fence in 2015 NCAAs is of note: Rodney Chen (15th in 2013 NCAAs; 14th in 2014). Also, Alex. Eldeib (epee) was 17th in the 2014 NCAAs but did not make the 2015 NCAAs.
… ST. JOHN’S MEN: Rarity in 2015 saw 2014 epee champ Yevginiy Karyuchenko fail to even qualify for the NCAAs the following year (due to subpar Regional performance).
… PENN WOMEN: Despite qualifying only two fencers for the NCAAs in 2015, two current veterans are past NCAA entrants: Aleina Edwards (epee; 24th in 2014) and Cassidy Seidl (foil; 24th in ’14).
… STANFORD (men and women): Several still in mix after not making 2015 NCAAs (some did not fence at all in the 2015 college seasons): veteran epeeist Paul Riviere was in 2013 (21st) and 2014 (14th) NCAAs, but not in 2015 (when his younger brother Ben was an NCAA entrant), both still are on the roster. Stephen Amann (foil) did not fence with Stanford in 2015 but was an NCAA entrant in 2014 (24th) and he now is back on the team. Avery Youngblood/women’s sabre also is back after not fencing in 2015 (she placed 19th at 2013 NCAAs).

… NORTHWESTERN: Veteran Courtney Dumas (epee; 15th at 2012 NCAAs) is back, after taking off in 2015 for an Olympic bid. 

IMPACT NEWCOMERS: Beyond those referenced above – Columbia’s Blow/Crum/Scruggs/Liang; ND’s Massialas/Kleiner/Sirico/Antekeier/Kiefer; Princeton’s Palmedo/Liu; and Penn’s Yoo/Chen – several other newcomers currently rank among the USFA top-10 (under-20s) in their weapons:

• men’s epee: [2] Anton Piskovatskov  (Houston, TX), Penn State
[4] Curtis McDowald (Jamaica, NY), St. John’s
[5] Wesley Johnson (Pleasant View, Utah), Princeton

• men’s sabre: [1] Ben Natanzon (Manalapan, NJ), St. John’s
[3] Karol Metryka (Linden, NJ), Penn State
[5] Mikolaj “Mickey” Bak (Linden, NJ), NYU
[10] Grant Williams (Atlanta, GA), NYU
… so look for potentially good things from NYU sabre this year (also some strong roster boosts for PSU and SJU men)

> And yet some more individual notes … 
Three of the 2015 NCAA individual champions are back competing in the 2016 college season:
• Jake Hoyle (men’s epee; Columbia sr.)
• Andrew Mackiewicz (men’s sabre; Penn State so.)
• Francesca Russo (women’s sabre; Notre Dame so.)

… Three-time NCAA women’s foil champion Lee Kiefer (2013–15) of Notre Dame has one year of eligibility remaining but is not competing in the 2016 college season while pursuing a spot in the Rio Olympic Games (as is Stanford senior men’s foilist Alexander Massialas, the 2013 and ’15 NCAA champion, also having reached the 2014 semifinals). The only 2015 NCAA individual champion who is done with college fencing: Isis Washington (St. John’s women’s epee). Stanford’s Vivian Kong (2014 NCAA champion, also ’13 runner-up as a freshman) is taking a second straight year away from college fencing and is hoping to compete in the 2016 Olympic Games for her native Hong Kong.

There also are three 2014 NCAA individual champions who will be taking aim at another title in 2016:
• Yevgeniy Karyuchenko (men’s epee; St. John’s jr. … did not  qualify for 2015 NCAAs)
• Kaito Streets (men’s sabre; Penn State sr. … placed 6th at 2015 NCAAs)
• Adrienne Jarocki (women’s sabre; Harvard jr. … lost 2015 NCAA semifinal vs. Russo, 12–15)

Additional current fencers to watch include the following past NCAA runner-ups (in addition to Kong in ’13 and Massilas in ’14): Penn State junior men’s foilist Nobuo Bravo (’15; also ’14 semifinalist); Princeton sr. men’s epeeist Jack Hudson (’15; also ’14 semifinalist); NJIT so. women’s epeeist Julia Garcia (’15); Notre Dame sr. epeeist Garrett McGrath (’14); St. John’s men’s sabre sr. Ferenc Valkai (’14 and ’15); Harvard women’s sabre sr. Aliya Itzkowitz (’14); Penn sabre sr. Shaul Jordon (’13, while at PSU; also ’14 semifinalist); and Columbia jr. Jackie Dubrovich (’13; also ’14 semifinalist). 

And there are plenty others of note, based on reaching the NCAA semifinals/medal round over the past couple years, including: St. John’s sr. women’s foilist Marta Hausman (’15); Cornell jr. women’s epeeist Victoria Wines (’15); Penn so. men’s foilist John Vaiani (’15); Columbia sr. men’s epeeist Brian Ro (’15); OSU so. men’s epeeist Lewis Weiss (’15); St. John’s sabre sr. Roman Sydorenko (’14 and ’15); OSU jr. foilist Alanna Goldie (’14); PSU jr. women’s epeeist Jessie Radanovich (’14); PSU women’s sabre jr. Teodora Kakhiani (’14 and ’15); Princeton sabre sr. Gracie Stone (’13 & ’14); Harvard sr. men’s epeeist Peregrine Badger (’13); and Ohio State sr. women’s foilist Mona Shaito (’12 and ’13).

 • Schedule/Result Links for all teams (some links still being updated for 2016)

The full initial 2016 CF360 Fencing Coaches Polls follow below (including all teams receiving votes). Note that plenty of additional early-season notes, results summaries, etc. to be fortcoming on CF360 ...


CollegeFencing360 Coaches Poll #1 (Jan. 15, 2016)
MEN  (first-place votes – Columbia 6, Notre Dame 1, Penn 1, St. John’s, Ohio State 1)
(school (varsity dual-meet record) – voting points … final 2015 ranking)
1. Columbia (8-0) – 141 voting pts … (1)
2. Notre Dame (4-1) – 122 … (3)
3. Pennsylvania (5-0) – 121 … (7)
4. Harvard (5-0) – 118 … (6)
5. Penn State (4-2) – 115 … (2)
6. St. John’s (4-0) – 105 … (4)
7. Ohio State (3-2) – 103 … (5)
8. Princeton (6-3) – 92 … (8)
9. Duke (0-0) – 64 … (9)
10. Stanford (0-0) – 54 … (10)
Also Receiving Votes (panel submits top-15) – NYU (36), Brown (31), Yale (25), UC San Diego (23), NJIT (19), North Carolina (16), Sacred Heart (6), Brandeis (3), Johns Hopkins (3), Boston College (2) and Wayne State (1).

WOMEN  (first-place votes – Notre Dame 5, Columbia 4, Penn 1)
(school (varsity dual-meet record) – voting points ... final 2015 ranking)
1. Notre Dame (5-0) – 141 voting pts … (2)
2. Columbia
 (7-1) – 139 … (1)
3. Princeton (8-2) – 119 … (3)
4. Harvard (6-0) – 117 … (4)
5. Northwestern (17-4) – 99 … (6)
6. Ohio State (5-2) – 93 … (7)
7. St. John’s (5-0) – 92 … (8)
8. Penn State (3-2) – 90 … (5)
9. Pennsylvania (3-2) – 83 … (9)
10. Temple (5-3) – 65 … (–)
Also Receiving Votes (panel submits top-15) – Cornell (45), Duke (42), Stanford (30), North Carolina (11), Boston College (9), UC San Diego (8), Brown (5), NYU (4), Brandeis (3), Yale (3), MIT (1) and Sacred Heart (1).

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 5 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 will begin varsity fencing status in 2016-17 (sponsoring men’s and women’s teams), as will Wagner for women only.

• Fencing Coaches Poll History (spreadsheets; 2001-16):  MEN  |  WOMEN


2015 result links:
from NCAA Championships  |  from Northeast Regional
from Mid-Atlantic/South Regional  |  from Midwest Regional  |  from West Regional

Headshot Photo Galleries (with info. & notes) of 2015 NCAA Field: M-Foil  |  M-Epee  |  M-Sabre

• CF360 2015 Fencer Focus (Q&A)
Men's Foil  |  Men’s Epee  |  Men’s Sabre

CLICK HERE for CF360’s annual in-depth look at 2015 NCAA Fencing Championship field

• Schedule/Result Links for all teams (some links being updated)

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