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The Characteristics of Freshmen Fencers at NCAA Division II Schools 2015-2016

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Our previous posts on the “Top Feeder Fencing Clubs to the Ivy League Fencing Rosters 2015-2016”, “The Characteristics of Freshmen Fencers at NCAA Division I (Excluding The Ivy League) Schools 2015-2016” and “The Characteristics of Freshmen Fencers at NCAA Division III Schools 2015-2016” have all generated enormous interest so we have decided to round out the series with a brief review of the freshmen fencers on Division II fencing teams.

Currently there are four Division II schools with NCAA-sanctioned fencing teams as outlined in the table below. Two of the schools have men’s and women’s teams and two field only a women’s team.

NCAA Division II Men's & Women's Fencing Schools

University of California, San Diego, CAIndependentM & WCAWest Region
Long Island University/LIU Post, NYIndependentWNYNortheast Region
Queens College (New York), NYIndependentWNYNortheast Region
Wayne State University (Michigan), MIIndependentM & WMIMidwest Region
Source: National Collegiate Athletic Association

The NCAA Division II freshmen fencing roster is clearly the smallest among the NCAA Divisions as illustrated in the accompanying graph. Nine men and 20 women made up the freshmen roster which represented 4.5% of freshmen men and 9.7% of freshmen women on NCAA fencing teams in 2015-2016.

The University of California, San Diego (UC San Diego) dominated the Division II fencing roster with 18 or 62% of the 29 freshmen fencers as illustrated in the following table. Twenty-seven freshmen came from the U.S. and two were from Poland.

You may click on a column heading to sort the data based on that criteria. In addition the table can be extended by adding entries at the top left of the table.

Freshmen Fencing Roster for NCAA Division II Schools 2015-2016

NameGenderSchoolWeaponHometown (High School)State or Country
Evan GeorgeMUC San DiegoSabreSan Jose, CA (Prospect High School)CA
Thejas GulatiMUC San DiegoSabreSacramento, CA (Sacramento Waldorf School)CA
Andrew HouMUC San DiegoFoilDiamond Bar, CA (Diamond Bar High School)CA
Brian HowardMUC San DiegoFoilPetaluma, CA (Casa Grande High School)CA
Zuhril Megat ZarimanMUC San DiegoFoilSan Diego, CA (Alice Smith School)CA
Marc MendozaMUC San DiegoSabreEscondido, CA (High Tech High North County)CA
Scott PhillipsMUC San DiegoEpeeBellevue, WA (Interlake High School)WA
Michelle CaplinWUC San DiegoEpeeManhattan Beach, CA (Vistamar School)CA
Karen ChiemWUC San DiegoFoilSan Francisco, CA (George Washington High School)CA
Lillian ChuWUC San DiegoSabreSaratoga, CA (Saratoga High School)CA
Christine Drake-ThomasWUC San DiegoEpeeThe Woodlands, TX (The Woodlands College Park High School)TX
Isabella FrancoWUC San DiegoFoilSanta Barbara, CA (Dos Pueblos High School)CA
Katie HallstenWUC San DiegoEpeeSacramento, CA (Christian Brothers High School)CA
Dylan SarishWUC San DiegoEpeeWest Hills, CA (Chaminade College Prep)CA
Leanne Singleton-ComfortWUC San DiegoSabreMarysville, CA (East Nicolaus High Sshool)CA
Aditi SoinWUC San DiegoEpeeCupertino, CA (Monta Vista High Sshool)CA
Savanah TiffanyWUC San DiegoSabreDraper, UT (Corner Canyon High School)UT
Monique ZhouWUC San DiegoFoilSan Leandro, CA (Chinese Christian Schools)CA
Chantelle DuncanWLIU PostEpeeValley Stream, NY (Valley Stream South)NY
Natalie GuerinoWLIU PostSabreSan Francisco, CA (John H. Pittman)CA
Sabrina DecopainWQueens CollegeFoilValley Stream, NY ( Valley Stream South)NY
Sara KayeWQueens CollegeEpeeNew Hyde Park, NY (Herricks)NY
Nicole MichaelsWQueens CollegeFoilCommack, NY (Commack)NY
Carlo Martinez-BernalMWayne StateFoilMacomb, MI (Dakota)MI
Brenton VilleneuveMWayne StateEpeeClarkston, MI (Graded School of Sao Paulo)MI
Sierra JonesWWayne StateEpeeCalumet City, IL (Marian Catholic)IL
Alexandra KaulWWayne StateEpeeGrosse Pointe Farms, MI (G.P. South)MI
Kasia LachmanWWayne StateFoilPoznan, Poland (Liceum Ogolnoksztalcace)Poland
Pati PalczynskaWWayne StateSabreKonstancin-Jeziorna, Poland (Johanna Wolfganga Goethego)Poland
Source: College Fencing Roster Websites

Twenty-one of the 27 U.S. residents had fenced competitively before entering college. Twenty percent of freshmen women had either an “A” or “B” rating, 10% a “D” rating, 10% an “E” rating and 30% were unrated. Four appear to be “walk-ons”.  Five of the seven freshmen men had either an “A”, “B” or “C” rating as illustrated below.

Ratings of 2015-2016 NCAA Division II Freshmen Fencing Roster at 1 November, 2014

RatingWomen Men Total 
Number% of TotalNumber% of TotalNumber% of Total
No Rating420.0%222.2%620.7%
Source: National Fencing Club Rankings based on an analysis of askFRED.net and USFA data.

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