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Pennsylvania’s Delaware Valley University has this week announced its intention to add both men’s and women’s fencing to its student athletics program from 2019-20.

Citing the United State’s international rise in the sport over the last two decades, no doubt spurred on by outstanding performances at recent World Championships and Olympic games, the decision has been met with excitement by the student body.

“We are very excited about our intention to add both women’s wrestling and fencing to our ever growing list of athletic opportunities here at DelVal,” director of athletics Steve Cantrell told the university’s website.

“Both sports have grown in leaps and bounds and it further shows the commitment by the University to our entire athletic department as well as meeting the interests of our students.”

Originally an agricultural college, DelVal was founded in 1896 and remains an independent, not-for-profit institution situated in the picturesque town of Doylestown, Pennsylvania. Now an ‘academically rigorous interdisciplinary college dedicated to the sciences and liberal arts’ it now enrolls over 1,800 students.

Nicknamed the ‘Aggies’, the university’s athletic department has won 30 Middle Atlantic Conference championships and competes in Division III of the NCAA. It has produced 12 individual national champions and 144 of its student-athletes have earned All-American honors, predominantly in wrestling and football, throughout its history.