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Penn State Men and Notre Dame Women Top Fencing Coaches Poll

01/21/2015, 4:45pm CST
By Peter LaFleur

(rankings updated below, as of Jan. 21, 2015 – first poll for 2015 season)

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 Fencing Coaches Poll. There will be four polls released during the 2015 spring season. Links to poll historical archive are included below, as are assorted notes from the 2014 polls (scroll down).

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CF360 FENCING COACHES POLL #1 – Jan. 21, 2015          
Contact: Pete LaFleur (
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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.

The first edition of the 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 ... more>

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