2017 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, 2017  
CF360 FENCING COACHES POLL #4
 
Contact: Pete LaFleur (editor@collegefencing360.com)
(all content courtesy of College Fencing 360; please credit and link accordingly)


note – poll notes, including historical, will be added later 
… note that the Yale women being #10 is the first top-10 ranking for either Yale fencing team since the men were #10 mid-2012 (the women previously were top-10 to open the 2010 season, also at #10).


CollegeFencing360 Coaches Polls #4/final (March 22, 2017)
MEN  (first-place votes – Ohio State 5, Columbia 3, Notre Dame 2)
(school (dual-meet record vs. varsity opp.) – voting points … previous rankings)
1. Columbia (25-6) – 141 voting pts … (3) ... (2) … (#1 in first poll)
t-2. Ohio State (17-3) – 135 … (1) ... (1) … (2)
t-2. Notre Dame (24-8) – 135 … (4) ... (4) … (4)
4. Pennsylvania (26-5) – 113 … (4) ... (5) … (5)
5. Princeton (23-7) – 111 … (6) ... (6) … (5)
6. Penn State (26-5) – 100 … (2) ... (3) … (3)
7. St. John’s (11-8) – 93 … (7) ... (7) … (8)
8. Harvard (10-9) – 82 … (8) ... (8) … (7)
t-9. Duke (18-6) – 62 … (9) ... (9) … (10)
t-9. NYU (17-8) – 62 … (10) ... (10) … [nr/11]
Also Receiving Votes (panel submits top-15) – Stanford (58; 9th in poll #1), Yale (44), NJIT (24), North Carolina (15), Boston College (8), Brandeis (6), UC San Diego (5), Brown (3) & Wayne State (2).


WOMEN  (first-place votes – Notre Dame 5, Columbia 3, Princeton 2)
(school (dual-meet record vs. varsity opp.) – voting points … previous rankings)
t-1. Notre Dame (29-4) – 143 voting pts … (3) ... (3)  … (#3 in first poll)
t-1. Columbia (32-2) – 143 … (2) ... (2) … (1)
3. Princeton (32-2) – 130 … (1) ... (1) … (2)
4. Penn State (27-8) – 113 … (4) ... (5) … (5)
5. Ohio State (6-12) – 105 … (7) ... (6) … (4)
6. Pennsylvania (26-8) – 99 … (5) ... (4) … (6)
7. Harvard (14-8) – 98 … (9) ... (9) … (7)
t-8. Temple (34-9) – 67 … (6) ... (7) … (8)
t-8 St. John's (6-13) – 67 ... [nr/14] ... [NR] … (10)
10. Yale (12-13) – 54 … [nr/12] ... [NR] … (NR)

Also Receiving Votes (panel submits top-15) – Northwestern (51; 8th in polls #2 & #3; 9th in poll #1), Duke (44; 10th in polls #2 and #3), Cornell (29), Stanford (26), Wayne State (15), North Carolina (6), NYU (5) Boston College (2) & UC San Diego (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), Zach Moss (Northwestern), Bill Shipman (Brandeis) and Bruce Gilman (Vassar).

Poll Notes: coach Ma typically votes only on the men’s poll and coach Franke votes only on the women’s poll (although, for this poll only, coach Ma voted in both polls and Vassar’s Bruce Gilman voted only in the men’s poll); there typically 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 – 21 in the Northeast, 13 in the Mid-Atlantic/South, 7 in the Midwest and 5 in the West … 10 of these schools sponsor only a varsity women’s fencing team: CCNY, Cornell, Fairleigh Dickinson, LIU Post, Northwestern, Queens, Temple, Tufts, Wagner and Wellesley … McKendree has begun varsity fencing status in 2016-17 (sponsoring men’s and women’s teams), as has Wagner for women only.

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March 9, 2017
CF360 FENCING COACHES POLL #3 
Contact: Pete LaFleur (editor@collegefencing360.com)
(all content courtesy of College Fencing 360; please credit and link accordingly)


note – poll notes, including historical, will be added later, while the final 2017 poll will be released in late March.


CollegeFencing360 Coaches Poll #3 (March 9, 2017)
MEN  (first-place votes – Ohio State 8, Penn State 2)
(school (dual-meet record vs. varsity opp.) – voting points … previous rankings)
1. Ohio State (17-3) – 146 voting pts … (1) … (#2 in first poll)
2. Penn State (26-5) – 137 … (3) … (3)
3. Columbia (25-6) – 132 … (2) … (1)
t-4. Notre Dame (24-8) 
– 113 … (4) … (4)
t-4. Pennsylvania (26-5) 
– 113 … (5) … (5)
6. Princeton (23-7) 
– 104 … (6) … (5)
7. St. John’s (11-8) 
– 88 … (7) … (8)
8. Harvard (10-9) 
– 76 … (8) … (7)
9. Duke (18-6) 
– 64 … (9) … (10)
9. NYU (17-8) 
– 64 … (10) … [nr/11]

Also Receiving Votes (panel submits top-15) – Stanford (51; 9th in poll #1), Yale (4), North Carolina (24), NJIT (19), UC San Diego (7), Brandeis (6), Boston College (5), Air Force (3), Brown (2) & Johns Hopkins (2).

WOMEN  (first-place votes – Princeton 8, Columbia 1, Notre Dame 1)
(school (dual-meet record vs. varsity opp.) – voting points … previous rankings)
1. Princeton
 (32-2) – 144 voting pts … (1) … (#2 in first poll)
2. Columbia
 (32-2) – 141 … (2) … (1)
3. Notre Dame (29-4) – 131 … (3)  … (3)
4. Penn State (27-8) – 104 … (5) … (5)
5. Pennsylvania (26-8) – 105 … (4) … (6)
6. Temple
 (34-9) – 94 … (7) … (8)
7. Ohio State
 (6-12) – 98 … (6) … (4)
8. Northwestern
 (31-14) – 83 … (8) … (9)
9. Harvard
 (14-8) – 76 … (9) … (7)
10. Duke
 (17-8) – 46 … (10) … [nr/11]
Also Receiving Votes (panel submits top-15) – Cornell (39), Yale (38), Stanford (28), St, John’s (27; 10th in poll #1), North Carolina (20), Boston College (4), UC San Diego (2) & Brown (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), Zach Moss (Northwestern), Bill Shipman (Brandeis) and Bruce Gilman (Vassar).

Poll Notes: coach Ma typically votes only on the men’s poll and coach Franke votes only on the women’s poll (although, for this poll only, coach Ma voted in both polls and Vassar’s Bruce Gilman voted only in the men’s poll); there typically 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 – 21 in the Northeast, 13 in the Mid-Atlantic/South, 7 in the Midwest and 5 in the West … 10 of these schools sponsor only a varsity women’s fencing team: CCNY, Cornell, Fairleigh Dickinson, LIU Post, Northwestern, Queens, Temple, Tufts, Wagner and Wellesley … McKendree has begun varsity fencing status in 2016-17 (sponsoring men’s and women’s teams), as has Wagner for women only.

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Feb. 10, 2017  
CF360 FENCING COACHES POLL #2
         
Contact: Pete LaFleur (editor@collegefencing360.com)
(all content courtesy of College Fencing 360; please credit and link accordingly)

Men (top–10) – Ohio State, Columbia, Penn State, Notre Dame, Pennsylvania
Princeton, 
St. John’s, Harvard, Duke and NYU

Women (top–10) – Princeton, Columbia, Notre Dame, Pennsylvania, Penn State, 
Ohio State, Temple, Northwestern, Harvard and Duke


(scroll down for  full release/notes & complete rankings, including all other teams receiving votes …)        
• Schedule/Result Links for all teams (some links still to be updated for 2016–17)

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

There are new No. 1 teams atop both the men’s and women’s polls, in the mid-February update to the CollegeFencing360 National Coaches Polls, following a flurry of key intecollegiate tournaments spanning the past three weeks. The OHIO STATE men have ascended to the top position for the first time since the first poll of the 2013 season, while the PRINCETON women are back in their familiar No. 1 spot, for the first time since being top-ranked throughout the 2014 campaign. 

COLUMBIA – the two-time defending NCAA Men’s and Women’s Combined champion – had occupied both of the No. 1 spots in the previous polls (Jan. 20). In fact, the Lions teams had been top-ranked for much of the past three seasons. The Columbia men (19–4 won-loss record in dual meets vs. varsity competition) ended their run of seven straight polls being ranked No. 1, stretching back to the middle of the 2015 season, but the now-No. 2 Lions trail Ohio State (14–3) by only four voting points, 142–138. OSU received seven of the 10 first-place votes, followed by two for current No. 3 Penn State (21–5; 135 pts) and one for Columbia.

Ohio State’s surge back to the top of the men’s rankings has featured an 8–2 record vs. fellow top–10 teams over the past three weeks, with top wins over Columbia, Penn State, Notre Dame and Penn (plus Princeton, St. John’s, Harvard and Stanford). OSU’s only losses in that stretch came by a couple touches: 12–15 vs. Penn State and 13–14 vs. ND. 

The unbeaten Princeton women (23–0) also hold a narrow lead, 144–141 over one-loss Columbia (24–1), while Notre Dame (26–4; 131) remains No.3 in the women’s poll. Princeton collected six of the 10 first-place votes, with Columbia and ND each garnering two. The Columbia women impressively have been ranked 1st or 2nd in each of the past 10 CF360 Coaches Polls, since the initial poll in 2014.

The Princeton and Columbia women – who were separated by only one voting point in the initial 2017 coaches poll – will provide the marquee matchup at this weekend’s Ivy League Championships (for both men’s and women’s teams), to be held Feb. 11-12 at the University of Pennsylvania. The Ivy League field also includes the host Quakers, plus Harvard, Yale, Brown and the Cornell women.

Princeton and Columbia’s combined 47–1 record in women’s dual meets this season (2016–17) includes a head-to-head matchup back on Nov. 5, a 16–11 win by the Tigers at the Penn Elite Invitational. The Princeton women also won a key 15–12 showdown vs. Notre Dame this past weekend at the Northwestern Duals (which actually were held at ND).

The balance of the women’s poll (4th–10th) includes: Penn (19-4; 105) …  Penn State (23-6; 104) … Ohio State (6-11; 98) … Temple (25-8; 94) … Northwestern (28-12; 83) … Harvard (8-5; 76) … and Duke (10-7; 46). The No. 4 position is the highest for the U-Penn women in the 16-year documented history of the College Fencing Coaches Poll (per CF360’s research archives), besting a No. 5 ranking from midway through the 2004 season and thus ending a 13-year drought outside the top-5 for the Quakers women. Temple’s No. 7 position is its highest since also being ranked 7th in mid-2014. 

The ascension of the crosstown rival Penn and Temple women’s programs corresponds with perennial top–5 teams Harvard (9th) and St. John’s (11th-most votes) both finding themselves outside that upper half of the top-10. St. John’s has slipped outside the top-10 of the women’s poll for the first time since the start of the 2010 season, while the Harvard women own their lowest ranking since similarly being 9th in mid-2009.

The Notre Dame men (20–8; 115) have maintained their No. 4 position from mid-January, while the Penn men (17–4; 109) have matched the Quakers women’s team with a No. 5 ranking. Three fencing programs currently hold top-5 rankings for both their men’s and women’s programs: Columbia (#2 in both); Notre Dame (#4 men; #3 women) and Penn (#5 men; #4 women).

The bottom half of the men’s top–10 (5th–10th) is as follows: Princeton (16-4; 96) … St. John’s (10-5; 88) … Harvard (5-5; 82) … Duke (11-5; 58) … and NYU (14-8; 57). The Violets bumped up a spot from the previous poll, dropping Stanford outside the top–10. This marks the first top–10 ranking for NYU fencing, men or women, since the Violets men’s squad was No. 8 in the final 2005 poll.

Based on combined voting points (men+women), Columbia has 283 of the maximum 300, followed by Notre Dame (246), Ohio State (240), Princeton (240), Penn State (239), Penn (214), Harvard (158), St. John’s (116), Duke (104), Stanford (83) and Yale (78).

The Ohio State men now have been ranked No. 1 nine times in their history: also twice in 2005; in all three 2006 polls; twice again in 2012; and most previously in the initial 2013 poll. The Penn State (17) and Notre Dame men (16) are nearly equal in terms of most times ranked No. 1 (among 61 total men’s team’s ranked No. 1 dating back to the 2001 season), followed by Columbia (9), OSU (9), St. John’s (2), Stanford (1) and Harvard (1). These totals include two polls in which there were co-#1s.

This marks the seventh No. 1 ranking for the Princeton women, all spanning the past six seasons: starting with the final poll of 2012, then the first rankings of 2013 plus all four polls in 2014. The Notre Dame women have been ranked No. 1 in nearly half (24 of 53) 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 Columbia (7, all over the past three seasons), Princeton (7), 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 2017 NCAA Championships).

>>> Notable recent men’s results (Jan. 21–Feb. 5):
• Penn State 15, Ohio State 12
• Notre Dame 14, Ohio State 13
• Ohio State 14, Columbia 13

• Ohio State 15, Harvard 12
• Ohio State 16, St. John’s 11
• Ohio State 18, Penn State 9
• Ohio State 18, Notre Dame 9
• Ohio State 19, Penn 8
• Ohio State 16, Princeton 11
• Ohio State 20, Stanford 7

• Penn State 14, Columbia 13
• St. John’s 15, Columbia 12 

• Columbia 14, Notre Dame 13
• Columbia 14, Harvard 13
• Columbia 15, Notre Dame 12
• Columbia 19, St. John
’s 8
• Harvard 16, Penn State 11
• Notre Dame 18, Penn State 9

• Penn State 16, Notre Dame 11
• Penn State 14, St. John’s 13
• Penn State 18, Stanford 9

• Penn 17, Notre Dame 10
• Princeton 14, Notre Dame 13
• St. John’s 15, Notre Dame 12

• Notre Dame 17, St. John’s 10
• Notre Dame 15, Harvard 12

• Notre Dame 17, NYU 10
• Notre Dame 16, Stanford 11
• Stanford 14, Penn 13

• Penn 17, Duke 10
• Penn 14, NYU 13
• Princeton 15, Stanford 12
• St. John’s 14, Harvard 13

• St. John’s 14, NYU 13
• Harvard 16, NYU 11
• NYU 14, Duke 13

>>> Notable recent women’s results (Jan. 21–Feb. 5):
• Princeton 15, Notre Dame 12 
• Princeton 21, Ohio State 6
• Princeton 14, Northwestern 13
• Columbia 14, Notre Dame 13
• Columbia 14, Ohio State 13
• Columbia 18, Penn State 9
• Columbia 16, Harvard 11
• Columbia 16, Notre Dame 11
• Columbia 21, St. John’s 6
• Columbia 21, St. John’s 6
• Notre Dame 23, Ohio State 4
• Notre Dame 17, Penn State 10
• Notre Dame 18, Harvard 9
• Notre Dame 20, St. John’s 7
• Notre Dame 21, St. John’s 6
• Notre Dame 14, Northwestern 13
• Notre Dame 15, Penn 12
• Notre Dame 17, Penn State 10
• Notre Dame 16, Temple 11
• Notre Dame 17, Northwestern 10
• Penn State 14, Ohio State 13
• Northwestern 19, Ohio State 8
• Penn 17, Ohio State 10
• Penn State 20, Ohio State 7
• Temple 21, Ohio State 6
• Northwestern 19, Ohio State 8

• Stanford 16, Ohio State 11
• Ohio State 16, Harvard 11
• Ohio State 20, St. John’s 7
• Penn 17, Duke 10
• Penn 16, Northwestern 11
• Penn 15, Northwestern 12
• Harvard 16, Penn State 11
• Penn State19, St. John’s 8
• Penn State 21, Northwestern 6
• Northwestern 16, Temple 11
• Temple 15, Northwestern 12
• Temple 14, Duke 13
• Harvard 19, St. John’s 8
• Cornell 17, Duke 10

• 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

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



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


Full updated 2017 CF360 Fencing Coaches Polls follow below (including all receiving votes). 


CollegeFencing360 Coaches Poll #2 (Feb. 10, 2017)
MEN  (first-place votes – Ohio State 7, Penn State 2, Columbia 1)
(school (dual-meet record vs. varsity opp.) – voting points … previous ranking)
1. Ohio State (14-3) – 142 voting pts … (2)
2. Columbia (19-4) – 138 … (1)
3. Penn State (21-5) 
– 135 … (3)
4. Notre Dame (20-8) – 115 … (4)
5. Pennsylvania (17-4) – 109 … (6)
6. Princeton (16-4) – 96 … (5)
7. St. John’s (10-5) – 88 … (8)
8. Harvard (5-5) – 82 … (7)
9. Duke (11-5) – 58 … (10)
10. NYU (14-8) – 57 … [11]
Also Receiving Votes (panel submits top-15) – Stanford (53; 9th in prev. poll), Yale (39), NJIT (27), North Carolina (25), UC San Diego (13), Brown (8), Boston College & Brandeis (5), Air Force & Johns Hopkins (2), Wayne State (1).

WOMEN  (first-place votes – Princeton 6, Columbia 2, Notre Dame 2)
(school (dual-meet record vs. varsity opp.) – voting points … previous ranking)
1. Princeton (23-0) – 144 voting pts … (2)
2. Columbia (24-1) – 141 … (1)
3. Notre Dame (26-4) – 131 … (3)
4. Pennsylvania (19-4) – 105 … (6)
5. Penn State (23-6) – 104 … (5)
6. Ohio State (6-12) – 98 … (4)
7. Temple (25-8) – 94 … (8)
8. Northwestern (28-12) – 83 … (9)
9. Harvard (8-5) – 76 … (7)
10. Duke (10-7) – 46 … [11]
Also Receiving Votes (panel submits top-15) – Yale (39), Cornell (36), Stanford (30), St, John’s (28; 10th in prev. poll), North Carolina (18), Air Force (10), Boston College (7), UC San Diego & Wayne State (4), Brown & NYU (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), Zach Moss (Northwestern), Bill Shipman (Brandeis) and Bruce Gilman (Vassar).

Poll Notes: coach Ma typically votes only on the men’s poll and coach Franke votes only on the women’s poll (although, for this poll only, coach Ma voted in both polls and Vassar’s Bruce Gilman voted only in the men’s poll); there typically 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 – 21 in the Northeast, 13 in the Mid-Atlantic/South, 7 in the Midwest and 5 in the West … 10 of these schools sponsor only a varsity women’s fencing team: CCNY, Cornell, Fairleigh Dickinson, LIU Post, Northwestern, Queens, Temple, Tufts, Wagner and Wellesley … McKendree has begun varsity fencing status in 2016-17 (sponsoring men’s and women’s teams), as has 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

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


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

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Jan. 20, 2017
CF360 FENCING COACHES POLL #1
           
Contact: Pete LaFleur (editor@collegefencing360.com)
(all content courtesy of College Fencing 360; please credit and link accordingly)

Men (top–10) – Columbia, Ohio State, Penn State, Notre Dame, Princeton
Pennsylvania, Harvard, 
St. John’s, Stanford and Duke

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


(scroll down for  full release/notes & complete rankings, including all other teams receiving votes …)        
• Schedule/Result Links for all teams (some links still to be updated for 2016–17)

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

(Additional early-season notes, results summaries, etc., are forthcoming on CF360.)

Two-time defending NCAA champion COLUMBIA sits atop both the men’s and women’s rankings in the initial CollegeFencing360 National Coaches Polls, as we head into the bulk of the 2016-17 season. Columbia will be seeking to become the first college fencing program to win three straight NCAA tittles since Penn State’s six-year run from 1995-2000. The Columbia women edged Ivy League rival PRINCETON by a single voting point in the initial 2017 polling.

(Note: there are several notable college fencing tournaments on the weekend of Jan. 21-22; look for details soon on CF360 main page and sidebar schedule, also on Twitter via @CF360updates).

The Columbia men (14-1; 140 voting points with six of 10 first-place votes) now have been ranked No. 1 in seven straight polls, stretching back to the 2015 season. Ohio State (5–1; 131 pts) has been building its men’s program over the past few seasons and sits solidly in the No. 2 position, followed by perennial power Penn State (9–2; 134). PSU received three 1st-place votes, with one cast for OSU.

The rest of the men’s top-10 (4th–10th) includes: Notre Dame (4-1; 120), Princeton (6-3; 112), Pennsylvania (8-2; 110), Harvard (4-1; 92), St. John’s (5-1; 83), Stanford (5-0; 58) and Duke (1-4; 55).

The Princeton women (10–0; 139 voting pts) actually received six of the 10 first-place votes but Columbia (14–1) collected 140 voting points, despite only one 1st-place vote (the other three went to Notre Dame, 4–1; 131). Princeton is buoyed by the return of epee stars Kat Holmes and Anna Van Brummen, both past NCAA semifinalists who took two years off from college competition to pursue their Olympic dreams. Columbia foilist Margaret Lu, the 2015 NCAA runner-up, also has returned after fencing in the 2016 Olympics (she did not fence for Columbia in 2014-15).

The balance of the women’s top–10 (4th-10th): Ohio State (4-2; 123), Penn State (10-2; 104), Pennsylvania (7-4; 94), Harvard (4-2; 93), Temple (12-4; 82), Northwestern (15-4; 59) and St. John’s (4-2; 50).

Based on combined voting points (men+women), Columbia has 280 of the maximum 300, followed by Ohio State (254), Notre Dame and Princeton (251 each), Penn State (228), Penn (204), Harvard (185), St. John’s (133), Duke (100) and Stanford (97).

The Columbia men now have been ranked No. 1 nine times in their history (all over the past four seasons, including an active streak of seven straight polls in the #1 position). The Penn State (17) and Notre Dame men (16) are nearly equal in terms of most times ranked No. 1 (among 60 total men’s team’s ranked No. 1 dating back to the 2001 season), followed by Ohio State (8), 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 (24 of 52) 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 Columbia (now with 7, all over the past three seasons), Princeton (6), Ohio State (3), and St. John’s (3).

(more detailed content below, with more to be added)

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 2017 NCAA Championships).


Notable 2016 fall semester/early Jan. men’s results included:
• Penn State 14, Columbia 13
• Columbia 15, Ohio State 12 
• Columbia 14, Princeton 13
• Columbia 17, Penn 10
• Columbia 14, Duke 13
• Ohio State 17, Princeton 10
• Ohio State 15, Penn 12
• Princeton 18, Penn State 9
• Harvard 15, Penn State 12
• Penn State 16, Penn 11
• Penn State 17, Duke 10
• Penn 14, Notre Dame 13
• Notre Dame 17, Princeton 10
• Penn 15, Duke 12
• NYU 14, Harvard 13  

Notable 2017 fall semester/early Jan. women’s results included:
• Princeton 16, Columbia 11
• Columbia 16, Penn State 11
• Columbia 15, Ohio State 12
• Columbia 15, Penn 12
• Columbia 14, Temple 13
• Columbia 16, Temple 11
• Columbia 15, Northwestern 12
• Princeton 17, Ohio State 10
• Princeton 19, Penn State 8
• Princeton 18, Notre Dame 9
• Princeton 19, Northwestern 8
• Notre Dame 14, Temple 13
• Notre Dame 15, Penn 12
• Penn State 14, Harvard 13
• Penn State 14, Temple 13
• Penn State 15, Penn 12
• Ohio State 18, Penn 9
• Ohio State 16, Northwestern 11

• 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

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

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

The full initial 2017 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. 20, 2017)
MEN  (first-place votes – Columbia 6, Penn State 3, Ohio State 1) 
(school (varsity dual-meet record) – voting points … final 2016 ranking)
1. Columbia (14-1) – 140 voting pts … (#1 in final 2016 ranking)
2. Ohio State (5-1) 
– 131 … (6)
3. Penn State (9-2) – 124… (5)
4. Notre Dame (4-1) – 120 … (2)
5. Princeton (6-3) – 112 … (7)
6. Pennsylvania (8-2) – 110 … (3)
7. Harvard (4-1) – 92 … (8)
8. St. John’s (5-1) – 83 … (4)
9. Stanford (5-0) – 58 … (9)
10. Duke (1-4) – 55 … (10)
Also Receiving Votes (panel submits top-15) – NYU and Yale (47), NJIT (28), UC San Diego (20), North Carolina (10), Brown (9), Brandeis (5), Boston College (4), Air Force (2), Johns Hopkins (2), Sacred Heart (1).

WOMEN  (first-place votes – Princeton 6, Notre Dame 3, Columbia 1)
(school (varsity dual-meet record) – voting points ... final 2015 ranking)
1. Columbia (14-1) – 140 voting pts … (2)
2. Princeton (10-0) – 139 … (3)
3. Notre Dame (4-1) – 131 … (1)
4. Ohio State (4-2) – 123 … (6)
5. Penn State (10-2) – 104 … (8)
6. Pennsylvania (7-4) – 94 … (X)
7. Harvard (4-2) – 93 … (4)
8. Temple (12-4) – 82 … (9)
9. Northwestern (15-4) – 59 … (7)
10. St. John’s (4-2) – 50 … (5)
Also Receiving Votes (panel submits top-15) – Duke (45), Stanford (39), Cornell (33), Yale (21), North Carolina (13), Wayne State (11), UC San Diego (7), Brown (6), NJIT (5), Air Force (4) and Boston College (1)  … note that Cornell was #10 in the final 2016 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; typically votes on men’s poll only), Josh Runyan (UC San Diego), Zach Moss (Northwestern), Bill Shipman (Brandeis) and Bruce Gilman (Vassar; voted on men’s poll only, but full voter in future).

Poll Notes: coach Ma typically votes only on the men’s poll and coach Franke votes only on the women’s poll (although, for this poll only, coach Ma voted in both polls and Vassar’s Bruce Gilman voted only in the men’s poll); there typically 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 – 21 in the Northeast, 13 in the Mid-Atlantic/South, 7 in the Midwest and 5 in the West … 10 of these schools sponsor only a varsity women’s fencing team: CCNY, Cornell, Fairleigh Dickinson, LIU Post, Northwestern, Queens, Temple, Tufts, Wagner and Wellesley … McKendree has begun varsity fencing status in 2016-17 (sponsoring men’s and women’s teams), as has 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

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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