Temple fencing coach Nikki Franke is as inspiring as ever

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The Philadelphia Inquirer

PHILADELPHIA — On the night before the 2020 Northwestern University duals, the Temple women’s fencing team filtered out of a restaurant in Chicago and onto the street corner. Before the group started a walk back to the hotel, one of sophomore Cassie Navalta’s teammates delivered news that stopped them in their tracks. The Temple women’s fencing program had earned its highest ranking in team history by securing the No. 5 spot in the national College Fencing 360 rankings, a feat more satisfying than the meal they just shared. “Everyone was screaming,” Navalta said with a laugh. “We must’ve looke…

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