Notre Dame takes #1 Spot in Coaches Poll

Notre Dame leads in the initial USFCA coaches poll.

In the January USFCA Fencing Coaches Poll, Notre Dame holds the top spot in both men’s and women’s collegiate fencing rankings.  2010 champions Penn State University were voted in as 2nd for women’s fencing while Harvard was voted 2nd for men’s.

At the most recent North American Cup event held by US Fencing, Notre Dame fencers Courtney Hurley and Ariel DeSmet earned medals in their respective events.

Harvard’s fencing team has already posted some big wins, including a 14-13 victory over defending NCAA champion Penn State.

NCAA Fencing Team Rankings: January 19th 2011:

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

Others receiving votes — North Carolina, Yale, Air Force, Sacred Heart, Wayne State (MI), UC-San Diego, Brown, NYU, Brandeis, Johns Hopkins, MIT

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

Others receiving votes — Duke, Cornell, North Carolina, Air Force, Stanford, MIT, NYU, UC-San Diego, Yale, Brown, Brandeis

The United States Fencing Coaches’ Association is a national academy of the Academie d’Armes Internationale, (AAI), the world organization of fencing masters.   The USFCA is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), and cooperates with the USA Fencing in the support of the development of American fencing.

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