By Brad Segall
WARRINGTON, Pa. (CBS) — The rivalry between Army and Navy heats up again this afternoon in Bucks County, but this time, it’s not on the football field.
The two service academies will cross swords for the first time in nearly three decades when they face off in a fencing match at Liberty Fencing Club in Warrington. Cadets from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point will be fencing against Midshipmen from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis. Club owner and Swarthmore College fencing coach Marshal Davis explains why Bucks County is hosting:
“Well, it’s in between the two schools geographically, and traditionally, Army and Navy meet in the Philadelphia area…everybody knows about the football game and for their other sports as well.”
It all gets underway at 1 p.m., with the men first and then the women. Each team will also fence against the British Royal Marines in foil. Davis hopes the event will attract fencing enthusiasts as well as those who have never seen a fencing match.