Fencing coach helped blaze trail for women

Fencing Coach Nikki Franke Helped Blaze Trail For Women At Temple University

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  • “Fencing has always been equated with a physical game of chess,” Temple fencing coach Nikki Franke said.
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  • Franke, a pioneer in her own right as a former Olympic athlete, changed the game for female fencing on Temple’s campus 50 years ago.
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