2016 USACFC Nationals Results!

Swarthmore Fencing attended the 2016 USACFC Nationals held at Brown University!

Results are here:  http://www.usacfc.org/




Team Round Results 

Team Results

Women’s Epee Individuals

Men’s Epee Individuals

Women’s Foil Individuals

Men’s Foil Individuals

Women’s Sabre Individuals

Men’s Sabre Individuals

Nationals Press

It’s clear that nationals was a success!! It received a ton of publicity! If you’re interested, see the links below for all the articles about Nationals!

As Visit Bucks County Communications Manager Jessica Lawlor said, “This is the most publicity we’ve ever received for a tournament- this sets a high standard for future tourneys! Thanks for your support in making these great media hits happen.”


Now for the Publicity links! 

Week of Tournament:


Midweek Wire: http://midweekwire.com/2015/04/08/en-garde-bensalem-high-school-hosts-national-fencing-championship-this-weekend/


Calkins Media (video): http://www.theintell.com/videos/local/video-fencing-comes-to-bucks-county/html_eace75da-32e8-5517-a1b0-1d5b3d4fd496.html


Bucks County Courier Times: http://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/news/local/fencing-tournament-comes-to-bensalem-as-sport-grows-in-popularity/article_f1a5129f-9b11-5fa5-968f-f6d55736f147.html?_dc=254277498461.3061


PBJ: http://www.bizjournals.com/philadelphia/morning_roundup/2015/04/the-fencers-are-coming-and-we-dont-mean-chainlink.html


Philadelphia Gay News: http://www.epgn.com/columns/get-out-and-play/8663-this-column-just-went-vernal


Bucks County Herald: print story only


NBC: Aired on Friday afternoon- no story online


Prior to Tournament:


Philadelphia Business Journal: http://www.bizjournals.com/philadelphia/news/2013/12/17/en-garde-bucks-county-lands-fencing.html?ana=twt

Philadelphia Inquirer: http://www.philly.com/philly/news/local/20131218_College_fencers_to_compete_in_Feasterville__Bucks_County.html

The Intelligencer: http://www.theintell.com/business/bucks-county-to-host-national-fencing-championship/article_3b818c39-79c1-5233-89ba-553393d1f7fb.html

Levittown Now: http://levittownnow.com/2013/12/23/bucks-county-to-host-fencing-national-championship/           

SportsEvents Magazine: http://sportseventsmagazine.com/bucks-county-wins-2015-fencing-championship/

DMAI newsletter: http://www.multibriefs.com/briefs/dmai/dmai010914.php


Levittown Patch: Bucks County to Host 2015 Collegiate Fencing Championships: http://levittown.patch.com/groups/bucks-county-news/p/bucks-county-to-host-2015-collegiate-fencing-championships-levittown

SportsEvents Magazine: http://sportsevents.epubxp.com/i/246568/12

WNPV: http://wnpv1440.com/talk-shows/buxmont-live-archives/B/17-buxmont-live/songs


WOGL: http://wogl.cbslocal.com/2014/08/26/philadelphia-agenda-with-brad-segall-377/

SAC Championships 2015 Pool Results, Individual Scores, Final Rosters & Overall Scores

SAC15 Pool Results & Individual scores

Congrats to all!

Great Fencing Videos!

Courtesy of Margo!

For everyone:

Fails in Fencing!

Footwork and other Drills!

USFA promo video featuring great fencing!

American Fencing History!


Fencing in Slow Motion

USA’s Lee Kiefer at the Pan Am games fencing a very strong Canadian.
Margo: Watch how they manipulate distance to trip each other up with counter attacks, fleches, infighting, etc. Kiefer is down by at least two points going int the third period. See how she changes her tempo and distance.
Lee Kiefer at the Pan Am games

Andrea Baldini vs Sheng Lei
Margo: Baldini loses the bout, but nevertheless watch his footwork tempo and how skillfully he hides the start of his attacks (mostly).

Last year’s Rio World Cup starring the great Hungarian champion Emese Szász against a very talented French fencer, Lauren Rembi.
Margo: Observe how they are always moving, back and forth. They glide in quickly to provoke and quickly glide back if they don’t see an opportunity. Notice use of the fleche.

Emese Szász against Lauren Rembi

DAVID LIN featured in Philadelphia Gay News!

Congratulations David!

Check out the story here:

David Lin in Philadelphia Gay News

Everything you need to know about USACFC: April 11-12, 2015!

Since the Swarthmore College Fencing Team and Liberty Fencing Club are co-hosting USACFC this year, here’s everything you need to know about USACFC! (courtesy of http://www.usacfc.org/)



The United States Association of Collegiate Fencing Clubs (USACFC) was established in 2003 to educate and promote fencing at the collegiate level throughout the United States. The organization began with 13 teams and has grown to over 45 teams since its inception.

USACFC was formed as a Pennsylvania Nonprofit Corporation in 2005. Each year the organization holds a national fencing championship in the host city of one of the member colleges.

Schedule of Events
Saturday, April 11, 2015

6:45 a.m.

Men’s team check-in and weapons check open

7:20 a.m.

Annual USACFC meeting

7:30 a.m.

Men’s team check in closes

8:00 a.m.

Referee Meeting

8:20 a.m.

National Anthem & Color Guard

8:30 a.m.

Men’s pools begin

9:30-10:30 a.m.

Women’s team check-in and weapons check open

12:30 p.m.

Men’s pools end

Individual Tournament semi-final pools begin 20 minutes after the conclusion of that weapon’s team pools

1:30 p.m.(at the latest)

Women’s pools begin

Women’s pools will begin immediately after the conclusion of the same men’s weapon pools

5:30 p.m.

Women’s pools end

Individual Tournament semi-final pools begin 20 minutes after the conclusion of that weapon’s team pools

The finals of the individuals will follow the semi-final pools

8:00 p.m.

Women’s individuals end

Sunday, April 12, 2015

7:00 a.m.

Venue opens

7:15 a.m.

2nd session of USACFC annual meeting if necessary

8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Men’s table of 24 or 32

1:30 p.m. (at the latest)

Women’s team bracket begins

Women’s matches will begin immediately after the conclusion of the same men’s weapon medal round

6:30 p.m.

Women’s team bracket ends

7:00 p.m.

Award Ceremony

Participating Teams:

Boston University
Bryn Mawr College
Clemson University
College of William and Mary
Cornell University
Dartmouth College
Eastern Carolina University
George Washington University
Georgia Tech
Indiana University
James Madison University
Liberty University
Michigan State University
Mt. Holyoke College
Northwestern University
Oberlin College
Purdue University
Rutgers University
Smith College
Stonybrook University
Swarthmore College
Texas A&M University
Tufts University
University of California Santa Barbara
University of Chicago
University of Florida
University of Georgia
University of Maryland
University of Massachusetts
University of Miami
University of Michigan
University of New Hampshire
University of Pittsburgh
University of Southern California
University of Texas
University of Vermont
University of Virginia
University of Wisconsin
US Military Academy
US Naval Academy
Virginia Tech
Xavier University

Past Championships
The following were the sites and hosts for the National Championships since USACFC’s inception:

2003 – University of Florida (18 teams)
2004 – University of New Hampshire (22 teams)
2005 – Michigan State University (25 teams)
2006 – Clemson University (30 teams)
2007 – Indiana University (31 teams)
2008 – Smith College (35 teams)
2009 – Wisconsin Dells, hosted by University of Wisconsin (32 teams)
2010 – Swarthmore College (41 teams)
2011 – University of Chicago
2012 – Hartford Convention Center, hosted by United States Military Academy (West Point/Army)
2013 – Summit Sports & Ice Complex, hosted by Michigan State University
2014 – Knoxville Convention Center, hosted by USACFC
2015 – Bensalem High School, hosted by Liberty Fencing Club & Swarthmore College Fencing Team

Tournament Format
The event consists of three components. The first round on Saturday is three pools of up to 13 squads in each weapon event. Each pool fences round robin in the A-A B-B C-C format. The results of that round do two things: they seed the championship bracket for Sunday, and they qualify individuals to the individual finals, which happen after the first round is complete on Saturday.

Sunday there’s a bracket of 32 squads (in each weapon event) which is fenced out to every place. It’s not an elimination: if a squad loses in the first stage, it’s in the 17-32 bracket, or if it wins, it’s in the 1-16 bracket. Each subsequent stage narrows the squads into smaller sections of the bracket until they’re fencing the squad most closely matched with them, whether it’s for 1st and 2nd place or 31st and 32nd. So all 32 squads get 5 matches (32, 16, 8, 4, 2).

The Sunday matches are fenced like dual meets (squad A’s 3 athletes fence squad B’s 3 for 9 bouts total) but only until one squad wins 5 of the 9 bouts (to decision)

SAC: Tournament Details!

Hosted by the University of Pittsburgh
March 28-29, 2015


Trees Hall
140 Allequippa Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15261

Tournament Information:
Men will fence on Saturday (March 28th) and women will fence on Sunday (March 29th).

Men’s check in is on Friday night (before 10:30pm) and Women’s check-in is on Saturday night (before 10:30pm)

All teams must check in Saturday morning by 7:30am. Mask check will happen before fencing can start.
The venue will be open each morning at 7:00am. Fencing will begin at 8:00am.

Predicted Schedule of Events:

Venue Opens
• Fencing happens at Trees Hall gymnasium

Fencing Begins
• Foil and Épée pools start

12:30PM- 1:00PM
Director Lunch Break

Foil and Épée DEs Begin

Sabre Pools Begin

Foil and Épée Individuals Begin

Sabre DEs Begin

Sabre Individuals Begin

Fencing Ends and Venue Closes

SAC Format!

SAC is in a few days…here’s the format, courtesy of Coach Marshal Davis!

NCAA round robin in pools. Separate by squad. Fence all teams, best of 9 5 touch bouts, fence even after 5 wins. Then all squads seeded into DE. Also best of 9 but stop after 5 wins. Do that from bracket of 16 until gold. For individual, top 8 per weapon based on win percentage in pools only (with minimum 70-80% of bouts fenced to be eligible). Individual championships are a single pool of 8 (seven 5-touch bouts per fencer). Each weapon has 9-12 teams and 2 pools, so total bouts per slot range from 9-15 for pools.

Upcoming Tournaments!

March 28-29: SAC (Univ. of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA)
[March 28- Men’s Event; March 29- Women’s Event]
April 11-12: USACFC aka Nationals (Bensalem, PA)!

Go Swat!