Three-time All-American on pace to be one of most successful fencers in Notre Dame history ... limitless talent who combines quickness, athleticism and timing with extensive experience and competitive fire ... had immediate impact as freshman in 2000 (NCAA runner-up; also fifth in ?01, fourth in ?02) ? again will serve as foil captain ... had strong showings in summer and fall of 2001, highlighted by 24th-place finish at World Championships in Nimes, France ... member of emerging Croation foil team that finished 23rd at 2002 World Championships ? placed third at Penn State Open (fall 2002), losing 15-14 semifinal to Penn?s Yale Cohen.
IN THE ND RECORD BOOK: Won 114 of 121 regular-season bouts in his first three years, yielding fifth-best career winning pct. (.942) in Notre Dame history (for any men?s weapon, best among foilists) ... owns three of top-seven season win percentages by Irish men?s foilists ? his .789 career winning pct. in NCAAs (56-15) ranks seventh in Notre Dame history (all men?s weapons) ? could become seventh Notre Dame men?s fencer to post four All-America finishes.
AS A JUNIOR: Posted 30-2 record before winning Midwest Fencing Conference and Midwest Regional (Cleveland) titles, followed by fourth at NCAAs (Drew University) ? headed into 2002 with No. 147 world ranking ? opened 10-1 at NYU Duals, with 5-1 wins over Jonathan Tiomkin (St. John?s) and Kevin Eriksen (Columbia) ? went 16-1 at Air Force, 4-0 at Ohio State in other dual events ? defeated teammate Steve Mautone (15-11) to become Notre Dame?s first three-time MFC champ ? matched top seed with 15-0 record at Midwest Regional ? placed second in NCAA round-robin (18-5), with wins over Columbia?s Eriksen (5-0) and Stanford?s Mark Mulhollan and Steve Gerberman (both 5-4), dropping 15-10 semifinal vs. Tiomkin (15-9 loss to Gerberman in third-place bout) ? won Penn State Open (fall 2001), with 15-14 win over PSU?s Nontapat Panchan (?02 NCAA champ) ... placed 11th at North American Cup events in Palm Springs and South Bend.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Followed 42-2 season by winning MFC title (15-8 vs. classmate Forest Walton) and Midwest Regional ... tied for fourth at NCAAs (17-6, with 5-1 win over SJU?s Joseph Fisher) but finished fifth based on indicators ... his regular-season losses came vs. Columbia?s Eriksen (5-4) and 2000 NCAA champ Felix Reichling of Stanford (5-3).
AS A FRESHMAN: Posted 42-3 regular-season record and finished second in NCAA round-robin (20-3) before beating Yale?s Ayo Griffin in semifinals (15-8) and losing to Reichling in final (15-10) ... fourth ND freshman men?s fencer to finish first or second at NCAAs ? combined with sabre champ Gabor Szelle as fourth pair of Irish teammates to finish first or second at NCAAs ... won MFC title (15-11 vs. Walton) and went 11-0 at Regional ... fifth at Penn State Open (fall 1999).
PREP & PERSONAL: Made quick transition after picking up fencing in 1990 (fifth at under-14 national championship) ... won 1991 Zagreb Open ... trained under coach Sanjin Kovacic ... third at ?99 Junior World Cup, sixth at ?99 Junior World Championships ... has participated in eight senior World Championships ... one of two Croatian student-athletes at Notre Dame, joining men?s basketball player Jere Macura ... born March 14, 1979, in Zagreb, Croatia ... psychology and computer applications major in College of Arts and Letters.
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