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2011 NCAA Champion Ariel DeSmet Finishes Irish Career Tied for Third at NCAA Championships

Irish still in eighth place as a team with the men's competition concluded.


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Notre Dame's two-time NCAA foil champion and two-time Olympian has left a profound impact on American fencing, at three fundamental levels.


3/2 Fencing Midwest Conference Championships

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Notre Dame Fencing: 2011 National Champions

Notre Dame Fencing: 2011 National Champions


2011 NCAA Fencing Championships Semifinal and Final Bouts

A look at Ariel DeSmet and Avery Zuck's semifinal and final bouts on Friday, March 25.

  • NCAA Foil Champion (2011)
  • NCAA Foil 10th-Place Finisher (2013)
  • First Team All-American (2011, 2015)
  • Third Team All-American (2013)
  • ACC Foil Second-Place Finisher (2015)
  • 2015 ACC Scholar-Athlete Of The Year (2015)
  • MFC Foil Champion (2013)
  • MFC Foil Fourth-Place Finisher (2011)
  • First Team All-MFC (2011, 2013)

AS A FIFTH-YEAR SENIOR: Finished stellar career with third NCAA All-America honor, finishing tied for third at the NCAA Championships … registered a 16-7 mark in the men’s foil portion of the NCAA Championship, eventually falling to eventual champion Alex Massialas of Stanford, 15-8, in the semifinal … went 37-12 in dual meets on the season, including 7-0 during the team event at the ACC Championships as the Irish captured their first conference title … went 11-2 during individual competition en route to second place at ACCs … named the 2015 ACC Scholar Athlete of the Year … wrapped career with 130-30 dual bout record … earned a monogram.


AS A JUNIOR: Finished in 10th place at the NCAA Championships, earning third-team All-American accolades ... won MFC Foil Championships ... was a key combatant for the men's foil squad, posting an impressive bout record of 40-5 throughout the regular season ... stands in 10th place on the top 30 fencers by win/loss percentage list with a .918 career percentage ... is tied for fourth with former head coach Michael DeCicco on the foil-only list ... at the St. John's Duals, posted three scores of 3-0 and two 2-1 bout records to start the season 13-2 ... battling Ohio State, defeated defending NCAA champion Zain Shaito five touches to two, and continued on to beat fellow Buckeyes Chris Colley and Sam Hardwicke-Brown with matching scores of 5-4 ... against Penn State, defeated Jeremy Goldstein 5-4 before losing by one to Daniel Gomez ... regrouped to defeat David Gomez 5-2 ... versus Harvard, had impressive wins of 5-4, 5-1 and 4-2 against Crimson opponents ... against host St. John's, won first bout 5-3 before dropping one versus Eli Schenkel, 5-2 ... came back to win against Michele Caporizzi 5-0 and did not lose again the rest of the day ... at the NYU Duals, went undefeated with a perfect 15-0 mark ... versus Columbia, posted matching scores of 5-2 against all three combatants ... facing Schenkel for the second time in as many days, won with a lopsided score of 5-2 to avenge the loss a day earlier ... against the Violets, bested Andrew Ark and Phil Jamesson 5-0 before upsetting their teammate Christian Vastola 5-2 ... at Northwestern Duals, notched a 6-3 record for the day ... was impressive in wins against Ohio State and Stanford, but struggled against Princeton ... after missing the Duke Duals, came back and went undefeated at home in the Notre Dame Duals ... defeated Tyler Gace and Quentin Schneider of Wayne State 5-0 and 5-2, respectively ... against Lawrence, notched a duet of 5-0 scores to help the foil squad blitz their Viking counterparts 9-0 ... finished the day with another 5-0 win over Air Force's Alex Chiang ... at MFC Championships, finished pool play as the No. 1 seed and boasting a +27 indicator ... earned lopside wins against Cailean Rosseter (Wisconsin) 15-2 and Geoff Marino (Michigan) 15-9 ... beat fellow Irishmen Ryan Murphy, 15-6, and Grant Hodges, 15-9, to advance into the semifinals ... narrowly won over Shaito, 15-14 ... bested Schneider of Wayne State once more to clinch the title with a score of 15-6 ... at NCAA Midwest Regional, finished round robin play with an identical record to Irish teammate Gerek Meinhardt, 12-1, forcing a fence-off between the two ... after besting Meinhardt in pool play, 5-4, lost the fence-off 5-3 to settle into second place ... at NCAA Championships, went 9-6 on the first day to finish in ninth place ... concluded the round-robin portion 13-10, in 10th place, earning third-team All-America status.

AS A SOPHOMORE: Did not compete during the 2012-13 NCAA season 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 ... graduated from the Mendoza College of Business.

Ariel DeSmet
Ariel  DeSmet


Troutdale, OR

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