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Top Feeder Fencing Clubs to the Ivy League Fencing Rosters 2015-2016

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The #1 Top Feeder Fencing Club to the Ivy League Fencing Rosters for the 2015-2016 season is the Fencing Academy of Westchester in Hawthorne, NY. With four freshmen fencers attending Columbia, Harvard and Princeton, the Fencing Academy of Westchester was the only club to place students in all three weapons. The runner-up was the Fencing Academy of South Jersey, NJ (now closed) which saw three of its saber fencers enter Brown, Cornell and Penn.

Eight clubs, including the Bergen Fencing Club NJ, DC Fencers Club MD, Empire United Fencing NJ, Gutkovskiy Fencing Academy NJ, Manhattan Fencing Center NY, Mission Fencing Center NY, Oregon Fencing Alliance OR and Rhode Island Fencing Academy and Club RI, each contributed two fencers to the Ivy League Rosters as outlined in the table below.

The seven Ivy League universities with NCAA-sanctioned fencing teams are:

The Ivy League fielded 58 freshmen fencers in 2015-2016 compared to 54 in 2014-2015. The accompanying table provides details about the Ivy League Freshmen Fencing Roster for 2015-2016. Please note, these are freshmen who entered school in the Fall of 2015, not fencers who are destined to start their college careers in the Fall of 2016! You may click on a column heading to sort the data based on that criteria.

The Ivy League Freshmen Fencing Roster 2015-2016

NameGenderUniversityWeaponHometown (High School)State or Country
Name GenderUniversityWeaponHometown (High School)State or Country
Ebba BrunnstromFBrownFoilLondon, England (St. Paul's Girls' School)England
Claudia JiangFBrownSaberBasking Ridge, NJ (The Pingry School)NJ
David LiuMBrownSaberUnknownUnknown
Umar MasoodMBrownFoilPittsford, NY (Pittsford Sutherland)NY
Katherine ZevenFBrownEpeeBoston, MA (Boston University Academy)MA
Ryan LeeMColumbiaFoilSeoul, Korea (Charles Wright Academy)Korea
Calvin LiangMColumbiaSaberChandler, AZ (Brophy College Preparatory)AZ
Jarett PolinerMColumbiaEpeeWestport, CT (Hopkins School)CT
Nolen ScruggsMColumbiaFoilOzone Park, NY (Packer Collegiate Institute)NY
Albert ZhangMColumbiaFoilAnnandale, NJ (North Hunterdon)NJ
Iman BlowFColumbiaFoilBrooklyn, NY (Riverdale Country School)NY
Quinn CrumFColumbiaFoilProvidence, RI (Lincoln School)RI
Elise GoutFColumbiaEpeeEncinitas, CA (San Dieguito Academy)CA
Ilana SolomonFColumbiaSaberEast Setauket, N.Y. (Ward Melville)NY
Meredith ChagaresFCornellSaberWyckoff, NJ (Ramapo)NJ
Zoee D'CostaFCornellSaberSkillman, NJ (Montgomery)NJ
Katherine KudryashovFCornellSaberEast Brunswick, NJ (SciCore Academy)NJ
Yelizaveta SapozhnikovFCornellSaberSudbury, MA (Lincoln-Sudbury Regional)MA
Valerie TanFCornellSaberWatchung, NJ (Watchung Hills Regional)NJ
Emma WilkinsonFCornellEpeeTappan, NY (Tappan Zee)NY
Angela ZhangFCornellFoilEast Setauket, NY (Ward Melville)NJ
Julia CarstensFHarvardEpeeWynnewwd, PA (Lower Merion)PA
Albert ChienMHarvardEpeeHong Kong (Canadian Internation School of Hong Kong) Hong Kong
Liana Henderson -SemelFHarvardFoilMillwood, NY (Horace Greeley)NY
Sharon RaFHarvardEpeeNew City, NY (Clarkstown South)NY
Gabby TartakovskyFHarvardSaberLivingston, NJ (Livingston)NJ
Shawn WallaceFHarvardEpeeSingapore (Middlesex School)Singapore
Aaron AhnMPennFoilLos Angeles, CA (New Covenant Academy)CA
Raymond ChenMPennFoilDallas, TX (St. Marks School of Texas)TX
Julian MerchantMPennSaberNew Rochelle, NY (New Rochelle)NY
Raphael Van Hoffelen MPennSaberVallauris, France (Center International de Valbonne)France
Faran SavitzMPennFoilGreenwich, CT (Greenwich)CT
Justin YooMPennEpeeLos Angeles, CA (New Covenant Academy)CA
Nithya KasiFPennFoilNew York, NY (Clarkstown High School North)NY
Sabrina KimFPennEpeeDix Hills, NY (Half Hollow Hills West)NY
Kathryn KhawFPennSaberPlainsboro, NJ (West-Windsor Plainsboro )NJ
Naomi PopkinFPennFoilRidgewood, NJNJ
Katherine SizovFPennEpeeAlexandria, VA (Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & TechnologyMD
Simone UnwallaFPennFoilGreat Falls, VA (Langley)VA
Wesley JohnsonMPrincetonEpeePleasant View, UT (Weber)UT
Chris KangMPrincetonFoilSeoul, South KoreaKorea
Alex LamMPrincetonSaberLake Oswego, OR (Catlin Gabel)OR
Michael PopoviciMPrincetonEpeeKaty, TX (Taylor)TX
Arjuna SubramanianMPrincetonEpeeSilver Spring, MD (Montgomery Blair)MD
Riya DaveFPrincetonSaberArdsley, NY (Ardsley)NY
Charlene LiuFPrincetonEpeeBridgewater, NJ (Bridgewater-Raritan)NJ
Kate NorthropFPrincetonFoilBridgewater, NJ (Pingry)NJ
Sage PalmedoFPrincetonSaberPortland, OR (Stanford Online)OR
Arthur BefumoMYaleEpeeMissoula, MT (Hellgate)MT
Skyler ChinMYaleEpeeNorth New Hyde Park, NY (Great Neck South)NY
Daniel FleschMYaleFoilArlington, MAMA
Alexandros KoutsogeorgasMYaleSaberRye, NY (Rye)NY
Walter MusgraveMYaleSaberEscondido, CA (San Pasqual)CA
Jonathan Shuang XuMYaleEpeeLouisville, KY (duPont Manual)KY
Lucy FriedmannFYaleEpeeProvidence, RI (Wheeler)RI
You Kyung (Alice) OhFYaleEpeeFlushing, NY (Stuyvesant)NY
Sarah PakFYaleEpeeUpper Saddle River, NJ (Northern Highlands Regional)NJ
Jenny ZhaoFYaleFoilBrampton, ON, Canada (Earl of March Secondary School)Canada
Source: University Fencing Roster Websites

U.S. residents accounted for 52 or 90% of the freshmen intake with 35 or 60% of the total coming from New York (14), New Jersey (13), Massachusetts (4) and California (4). Ten or 17% of the total came from Connecticut, Maryland, Oregon, Rhode Island and Texas (2 each). The roster also included six foreign fencers from Canada, England, France, Hong Kong and Korea.

Men accounted for 25 or 43% of the freshmen intake, while women accounted for 33 or 57% of the freshmen fencers. The number of freshmen men fencers on the roster ranged from a high of six at both Penn and Yale to a low of one at Harvard with an average of 4.2 freshmen men per school. Cornell, with its women-only fencing team, added seven women to its roster in 2015-2016, the most women of any school.

Epee accounted for 21 or 36% of freshmen fencers followed by foil (19) at 33% and saber (18) at 31%. As expected the overall split between the weapons is about one-third for each weapon although the composition of freshmen by weapon varies significantly across the universities.

The breakdown of ratings for freshmen men and women on the Ivy League Fencing Roster is outlined in the accompanying table.

Ratings of 2015-2016 Ivy League Freshmen Fencing Roster at 1 November, 2014

Number% of TotalNumber% of TotalNumber% of Total
Source: National Fencing Club Rankings based on an analysis of askFRED.net and USFA data.

About two-thirds of freshmen fencers had either an “A” or “B” rating prior to entering university.  There were three “C” ratings, one “D” rating, four “E” ratings, seven unranked or “U” ratings and six unknown ratings.

Fourteen of the 33 women fencers were nationally ranked in Cadets and had an average rank of 20, with a range of 2 to 65 (4/8/2014). Seventeen had a national ranking in Juniors with an average of 36 and a range of 1 to 74 (4/8/2014). Thirteen of the 33 had participated in the European Cadet Circuit in 2013-2014.

Thirteen of the 25 men fencers were nationally ranked in Cadets and had an average ranking of 19 with a range of 1 to 83 (4/8/2014). Fourteen had an average Junior rank of 35 with a range of 1 to 103 (4/8/2014). Nine of the 25 had participated in the European Cadet Circuit in 2013-2014.

Freshmen from the U.S. came from 37 USFA member clubs (33 in 2014-2015) from around the country but the top ten feeder clubs accounted for almost 45% of freshmen in 2015-2016. The top feeder clubs were Fencing Academy of Westchester NY, Fencing Academy of South Jersey NJ, Bergen Fencing Club NJ, DC Fencers Club MD, Empire United Fencing NJ, Gutkovskiy Fencing Academy NJ, Manhattan Fencing Center NY, Mission Fencing Center NY, Oregon Fencing Alliance OR and Rhode Island Fencing Academy and Club RI as listed in the accompanying table. You may click on a column heading to sort the data based on that criteria.

Feeder Fencing Clubs & Destination Ivy League Universities 2015-2016

Feeder ClubNumber of Fencers from Feeder ClubWeapon/sDestination University
Feeder ClubNumber of Fencers from Feeder ClubWeapon/sDestination University
Foreign6Foil, Epee, SaberBrown, Columbia, Harvard, Penn, Princeton, Yale
Fencing Academy of Westchester, NY4Foil, Epee, SaberColumbia, Harvard, Princeton
Fencing Academy of South Jersey, NJ3SaberBrown, Cornell, Penn
Unattached (or Unknown)3Epee, SaberBrown, Yale
Bergen Fencing Club, NJ2SaberCornell
DC Fencers Club, MD2EpeePenn, Princeton
Empire United Fencing, NJ2FoilColumbia
Gutkovskiy Fencing Academy, NJ2FoilPenn
Manhattan Fencing Center, NY2SaberHarvard, Penn
Mission Fencing Center, NY2Foil, SaberColumbia, Cornell
Oregon Fencing Alliance, OR2SaberPrinceton
Rhode Island Fencing Academy and Club, RI2Foil, EpeeColumbia, Yale
Alliance Fencing Academy, TX1EpeePrinceton
Boston Fencing Club, MA1EpeeHarvard
Brooklyn Bridge Fencing Club, NY1FoilPrinceton
Central Fencing Club, NJ1SaberCornell
Encinitas Fencing Academy, CA1EpeeColumbia
Fencers Club, NY1EpeeYale
Fencers Club of Arizona, AZ1SaberColumbia
Fencing Academy of Philadelphia, PA1EpeeHarvard
Fencing Insitute of Texas, TX1FoilPenn
Golubitsky Fencing Center, CA1FoilPenn
Half Hollow Hills Fencing, NY1EpeePenn
Los Angeles International Fencing Center, CA1EpeePenn
Medeo Fencing Club, NJ1EpeePrinceton
Missoula Fencing Association, MT1EpeeYale
Moe Wen Fencing Club, MA1FoilYale
New Amsterdam Fencing Academy, NY1SaberYale
New Amsterdam Fencing Academy North, NY1FoilPenn
New York Fencing Academy, NY1EpeeYale
Nyack Fencing Academy, NY1EpeeCornell
Peter Westbrook Foundation, NY1FoilColumbia
Prise de Fer Fencing Club, MA1SaberCornell
Rochester Fencing Club, NY1FoilBrown
San Diego Fencing Center, CA1SaberYale
Schoolhouse Fencing, UT1EpeePrinceton
University of Louisville Fencing Club, KY1EpeeYale
Virginia Academy of Fencing, VA1FoilPenn
Source: National Fencing Club Rankings based on an analysis of Ivy League University Fencing Rosters 2015-2016, askFRED.net and USFA data.

Readers may have an interest in an accompanying post: “Colleges with NCAA-Sanctioned Fencing Teams Ranked by Earnings of Alumni & Test Scores”.

Contact details for the head coaches of the Ivy League Fencing Rosters are listed below.


Head Coach

Telephone #

Brown Atilio Tass 401-863-1986
Columbia Michael Aufrichtig 212-854-4040
Cornell Iryna Dolgikh 607-255-2368
Harvard Peter Brand 617-495-1991
Penn Andy Ma 215-898-6116
Princeton Zoltan Dudas 609- 258-3519
Yale Henry Harutunian 203-432-2137

Check back in to review our updated post on the NCAA Division 1 fencing roster. This year we propose to exclude data on the Ivy League Fencing Rosters so the data will pertain to the Atlantic Coast Conference schools such as Duke University, the University of Notre Dame and Boston College, and the Independents such as Stanford University, Pennsylvania State University and St. John’s University. We have also completed the analysis for NCAA Division III freshmen fencing rosters and will be posting our results in a couple of weeks (late January-early February 2016). The Division III schools include Brandeis, Haverford, John Hopkins, MIT, New York University and Vasser.

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