Currently, there are five Division II schools with NCAA-sanctioned fencing teams as outlined in the table below. Three of the schools have men’s and women’s teams and two have only a women’s team.
NCAA Division II Men's & Women's Fencing Schools
Institution Conference Gender State Region
Long Island University/LIU Post East Coast Conference W NY Northeast Region
McKendree University Great Lakes Valley Conference M & W IL Midwest Region
Queens College (New York) East Coast Conference W NY Northeast Region
University of California, San Diego Independent M & W CA West Region
Wayne State University (Michigan) Independent M & W MI Midwest Region
NCAA Division II schools account for just over 6% of fencers on NCAA fencing teams as illustrated in the accompanying graphs. Last year there were 54 women and 28 men who fenced on Division II fencing teams.
Due to the small number of varsity fencing teams, the sport is classified as a “National Collegiate Sport”, which means that teams from all three Divisions (Div I, Div II and Div III) can compete with each other during the fencing season as well as at the annual NCAA championship which is held in March each year. Along with Division I schools (except the Ivy League), Division II schools can offer scholarships, although that does not mean that the college is required to offer them.
The NCAA Division II freshmen fencing roster is clearly the smallest among the NCAA Divisions. Ten men and 10 women made up the freshmen roster which represented 5.3% of freshmen men and 5.6% of freshmen women on NCAA fencing teams in 2016-2017.
The University of California, San Diego (UC San Diego) and Wayne State accounted for the largest intake of freshmen fencers in 2016-2017, adding eight and six freshmen respectively as illustrated in the following table. The Lond Island University/LIU Post was the only school not to add freshmen fencers to its team. 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 2016-2017
Name Gender University Weapon Hometown, High School State or Country
Misheel Boldbaatar M UC San Diego Foil Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia (Millburn HS) NJ
Dillon Cooke M UC San Diego Foil El Cajon (West Hills) CA
Alexandre Leonelli M UC San Diego Saber San Diego (Canyon Crest Academy) CA
Matthew Misogas M UC San Diego Saber Irvine (Northwood) CA
Caitlyn Callaghan W UC San Diego Foil Pocatello (Century) ID
Avery Coble W UC San Diego Epee Alexandria (The Hun School of Princeton) VA
Amelia Harrison W UC San Diego Epee Danville (St. John's International School) CA
Taly Yukelson W UC San Diego Epee Cupertino (Monta Vista) CA
Jessica Gonzalez W Queens College Saber - / - NA
Nina Lopez-Ortiz W Queens College Epee - / - NA
Fatima Maryam W Queens College Epee - / - NA
Gabrielle Mendoza W Queens College Saber - / - NA
Matthew Braun M Wayne State Foil Canton (Salem) MI
Brendan Johnson M Wayne State Foil Troy (Birmingham Seaholm) MI
Henry Kisthardt M Wayne State Epee Edmond (North) OK
Nader Rayyan M Wayne State Epee Dearborn Heights (Crestwood) MI
Natalie Magda W Wayne State Saber Sterling Heights (Stevenson) MI
Fiona McMechan W Wayne State Epee Birmingham (Groves) MI
Misael Lopez M McKendree Saber Hillsboro OR
Jacob Snyder M McKendree Epee Roswell (Roswell) GA
Twelve of the 20 fencers had fenced competitively before entering college, eight men, and four women. UC San Diego’s freshmen roster has rankings ranging from C to A, with one unrated fencers. The remaining schools had a significant proportion freshmen who had no fenced prior to entering school. The classification ratings for the freshmen roster as of November 1, 2015, is provided in the table below.
Ratings of 2016-2017 NCAA Division II Freshmen Fencing Roster at 1 November, 2015
Rating Women Men Total Number % of Total Number % of Total Number % of Total
A 0 0% 1 10% 1 5%
B 1 10% 3 30% 4 20%
C 2 20% 2 20% 4 20%
D 0 0% 0 0% 0 0%
E 0 0% 1 10% 1 5%
U 1 10% 0 0% 1 5%
NR 6 60% 3 30% 9 45%
Total 10 100% 10 100% 20 100%
Readers may have an interest in related posts:
- “Top Feeder Fencing Clubs to the Ivy League Fencing Rosters 2016-2017”,
- “The Characteristics of Freshmen Fencers at NCAA Division I (Excluding The Ivy League) Schools 2016-2017” and
- “The Characteristics of Freshmen Fencers at NCAA Division III Schools 2016-2017”.
- “Colleges with NCAA-Sanctioned Fencing Teams Ranked by Earnings of Alumni & Test Scores”.