For the first time in almost 20 years, Yale women's fencing has finished the season ranked in the top 10 of the National College Fencing Poll (CollegeFencing360.com Fencing Coaches Poll). At no. 10, they finish directly behind Temple and St. Johns.
This is the first time that Yale men's or women's fencing has been ranked in the top 10 since the men's team no. 10 finish in a 2012 mid-season poll. There are typically 10 voters in each poll (coaches from different NCAA regions), in an approximate ratio to the amount of schools in each region that sponsor varsity fencing programs.
Team captain and Second Team All-American Katherine Miller attributes this achievement to the team's hard work. "We started the season eager to build on the progress of last year, and from the very beginning, with the help of our great coaching staff and each other, we've all been trying to go that extra mile. The team worked so hard the entire season and posted some truly impressive results… we beat schools we haven't beaten in years and caused major upsets on both the team and individual level." She is gratified by the top 10 result, and is excited to see where this momentum will take the Bulldogs next season.
Yale women's fencing tied numerically for ninth place with Wayne State at the NCAA Championships last weekend.