PHILADELPHIA – For the first time in program history, the University of Pennsylvania men’s fencing team is ranked as the No. 1 squad in the country in the latest CollegeFencing360 Coaches’ Poll.
The Quakers, who moved up from the No. 3 position, are actually tied for tops in the nation with rival Columbia. Penn and Columbia split their two matchups this season, with the Quakers taking the most recent tilt at the Ivy League Championships in February.
The Penn women came in at No. 9 in the latest poll, a slot lower than in the previous rankings in January.
It has been a historic season for the men’s squad, who finished the regular season with a school-record 28 wins—compared to just two losses—and captured the 2016 Ivy League Championship. It was Penn’s 17th conference crown, and the first since 2009. In fact, this year marked the 50th anniversary of Penn’s first-ever Ivy crown in 1966. In recognition of the Quakers’ achievement, Head Coach Andy Ma was named the Ivy League Coach of the Year.
The Red and Blue have defeated every other team in the top ten this season except for Stanford, who they never faced. In addition to the dual success, the Quakers also captured their third-consecutive United States Collegiate Squad Championship two weeks ago at Princeton. Penn finished within the top three of each weapon, including a first-place performance on epee.
The women’s squad finished the season with a dual meet record of 19-13, and a fourth-place finish at the Ivy League Championships. The Quakers own wins over No. 5 Northwestern, No. 7 St. John’s and No. 10 Temple.
The Quakers have no time to rest on their laurels, as they are back in action tomorrow at the 2016 NCAA Mid-Atlantic/South Regionals in Bethlehem, Pa. For live results, follow THISlink.