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The Characteristics of Freshmen Fencers at NCAA Division II Schools 2016-2017

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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

InstitutionConferenceGenderStateRegion
Long Island University/LIU PostEast Coast ConferenceWNYNortheast Region
McKendree UniversityGreat Lakes Valley ConferenceM & WILMidwest Region
Queens College (New York)East Coast ConferenceWNYNortheast Region
University of California, San DiegoIndependentM & WCAWest Region
Wayne State University (Michigan)IndependentM & WMIMidwest Region
Source: National Collegiate Athletic Association

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

NameGenderUniversityWeaponHometown, High SchoolState or Country
Misheel BoldbaatarMUC San DiegoFoilUlaanbaatar, Mongolia (Millburn HS)NJ
Dillon CookeMUC San DiegoFoilEl Cajon (West Hills)CA
Alexandre LeonelliMUC San DiegoSaberSan Diego (Canyon Crest Academy)CA
Matthew MisogasMUC San DiegoSaberIrvine (Northwood)CA
Caitlyn CallaghanWUC San DiegoFoilPocatello (Century)ID
Avery CobleWUC San DiegoEpeeAlexandria (The Hun School of Princeton)VA
Amelia HarrisonWUC San DiegoEpeeDanville (St. John's International School)CA
Taly YukelsonWUC San DiegoEpeeCupertino (Monta Vista)CA
Jessica GonzalezWQueens CollegeSaber- / -NA
Nina Lopez-OrtizWQueens CollegeEpee- / -NA
Fatima MaryamWQueens CollegeEpee- / -NA
Gabrielle MendozaWQueens CollegeSaber- / -NA
Matthew BraunMWayne StateFoilCanton (Salem)MI
Brendan JohnsonMWayne StateFoilTroy (Birmingham Seaholm)MI
Henry KisthardtMWayne StateEpeeEdmond (North)OK
Nader RayyanMWayne StateEpeeDearborn Heights (Crestwood)MI
Natalie MagdaWWayne StateSaberSterling Heights (Stevenson)MI
Fiona McMechanWWayne StateEpeeBirmingham (Groves)MI
Misael LopezMMcKendreeSaberHillsboroOR
Jacob SnyderMMcKendreeEpeeRoswell (Roswell)GA
Source: College Fencing Roster Websites

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

RatingWomen Men Total 
Number% of TotalNumber% of TotalNumber% of Total
A00%110%15%
B110%330%420%
C220%220%420%
D00%00%00%
E00%110%15%
U110%00%15%
NR660%330%945%
Total10100%10100%20100%
Source: National Fencing Club Rankings based on an analysis of askFRED.net and USFA data.

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