A look at Ariel DeSmet and Avery Zuck's semifinal and final bouts on Friday, March 25.
HONORS & AWARDS:
NCAA Foil Champion (2011)
First Team All-American (2011)
MFC Foil Fourth-Place Finisher (2011)
First Team All-MFC (2011)
2012 NCAA Season: Did not compete due to Olympic training.
AS A FRESHMAN: Enjoyed a tremendous freshman campaign that saw him finish with a near-perfect 28-1 record on the regular season en route to winning the NCAA Championship in men's foil and being tabbed a first team All-American ... earned first monogram ... opened the campaign with an 11-0 showing at the NYU Invitational, including a perfect 3-0 sheet against St. John's ... earned first collegiate victory over Shiv Kachru of Yale, 5-3 ... responded the following day with a 5-1 mark at the St. John's Challenge, including again going a perfect 3-0 against the host Red Storm ... fenced in only one matchup at the Notre Dame Duals, finishing with a 2-0 record against Air Force ... defeated NCAA participant Daniel Cohen (5-2) and Nick Stockdale (5-1) in the match ... posted a perfect 6-0 mark the following week at the Northwestern Duals, including going 3-0 in the opener against Princeton ... in that match, earned decisions over Alexander Mills (5-4), David Mandle (5-3) and Robert Malcolm (5-0) ... clinched the foil against Stanford at 5-3 with a 5-4 victory over Alex Khoshnevissian ... also clinched the foil against UC San Diego, taking down Brennan Louie in perfect fashion, 5-0 ... ended regular season with a 4-0 docket at the Irish Duals, going 2-0 against Chicago and 1-0 against both Illinois and Michigan State ... reached the semifinals of the Midwest Fencing Conference Championships, defeating teammate Steve Kubik in quarterfinal action (12-10) before falling to eventual champ Zain Shaito of Ohio State (15-12) ... entered the direct elimination draw as the two seed, finishing pool play with a perfect 6-0 record with a +27 indicator ... finished first at the NCAA Midwest Regionals, concluding final pool play with a perfect 9-0 record and a +31 indicator ... helped team to eighth NCAA National Championship as well as qualifying for the individual title semifinals after finishing with an 18-5 pool play record and a +41 indicator ... won the individual championship after defeating Penn State's David Willette in the semifinals (15-6) before defeating his Nittany Lion teammate Miles Chamley-Watson in the title bout, 15-13 ... became the first Irish freshman since Charles Higgs-Coulthard in 1984 to win individual gold in his first NCAA appearance ... named the Notre Dame Most Valuable Foilist.
PREP & PERSONAL: Trained at the Northwest Fencing Club while attending Reynolds High School ... captured the state championship each of his four years of high school ... competed in junior events throughout his four years at Reynolds ... finished 17th in the rankings during the `06-07 season, including three top-10 finishes and a career best third-place result at the Comunidad de Madrid Nov. 18, 2006, earning 20 points toward rankings ... secured 24 points toward his ranking at the Junior World Championships (April 13, 2007) in Belek, finishing ninth overall ... competed at the Senior World Championships in Beijing in `08 ... also has been a member of four World teams, participated in the Junior Olympics and captured a national championship ... born in Troutdale, Ore. ... son of Lane and Christine DeSmet ... enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business.