Both the women’s and men’s teams won six matchups across eight rounds Sunday.
No. 2 women remain undefeated, while men finish 5-1 on the day
Notre Dame Fencers Ariel DeSmet and Lee Kiefer Named ACC Men's and Women's Fencing Scholar-Athletes of the Year
27 Irish Student-Athletes were named to winter Olympic sports ACC All-Academic Teams.
Meinhardt, DeSmet, Hassett earn All-America honors during final men's bouts
Notre Dame men tied for third place entering the final day of competition
Men and Women's Fencing competed in the Midwest Conference Individual Championships on March 2nd in the Joyce Center.
HONORS & AWARDS:
NCAA Sabre 13th-Place Finisher (2014)
NCAA Sabre 18th-Place Finisher (2013)
ACC Men's Team Champion (2015)
Acc Championship Fourth Place Men's Sabre (2015)
MFC Sabre Runner-Up (2013)
First Team All-MFC (2013)
AS A JUNIOR: Strong competitor for the Irish, amassing a 38-25 record in his third season with the team … began the year 6-5 at the Ohio State Elite Cup, and went on to log 8-7 and 3-6 records at the St. John’s and NYU Invitationals respectively … earned 9-3 mark at Northwestern Duals, before finishing the regular season 5-1 at the DeCicco Duals … earned 4-3 mark at ACC Championship, helping the men’s team clinch the team title … in Columbus, Ohio, bested Pennsylvania’s Sean Turner 5-4 before suffering a 5-2 loss to Isaac Buchwald … won three bouts against Princeton foes, out-dueling Michael Wiest 5-1, Edward Chin 5-4 and Peter Pak 5-3 … earned three losses against Penn State combatants and finished the tournament 2-1 against Ohio State bouters … at St. John’s, got off to a slow start but notably beat Harvard’s Duncan O’Brien 5-2 and St. John’s Andre Varmado Jr. 5-0 … finished the tournament beating Columbia’s Rienzi Goeka 5-2 … at NYU Invite, narrowly lost to Yale’s Hugh O’Cinneide 5-4 but went on to beat Ian Richards 5-0 and Alan Zhang 5-2 … emerged victorious against Columbia’s Will Spear (5-2) and Michael Josephs (5-2) … again beat Varmado Jr. 5-3 … finished the tournament beating NYU’s Jerry Xu, 5-1, Quinten Burgunder, 5-3, and Stephan Teng 5-2 … at Northwestern meet, beat Peter Pak and Michael Wiest 5-4 but suffered a 5-1 loss to Edward Chin … bested two Pennsylvania combatants before going 2-1 against Stanford … out-touched David Beam and Daniel Wolfson 5-3 but lost 5-4 to Logan Spear … beat Air Force’s Ryan Andrieux 5-3 and Emiliano Kaptain 5-4 … finished the tournament with a 5-2 victory over Cal Tech’s Colin Murphy … at DeCicco Duals, bested Cleveland State’s Matthew Gebbett 5-3 … went undefeated against Wayne State … only loss of the tournament came against Lawrence’s Graham Jones, 5-4 … finished with a 5-1 victory over Detroit’s Chuck Neubecker … in individual competition at ACC Championship, finished fourth with a 12-3 pool record, suffering a 15-14 semifinal loss to teammate Jonathan Fitzgerald and losing to Duke’s Pascual Di Tella 15-11 in the third-place bout … earned a monogram.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Placed 13th at NCAA Championships, earning 49-21 record on the year to improve career win-loss record to 80-44 ... began season with a 12-5 mark at the NYU Invitational, including a 3-0 sweep of Yale's Ian Richards (5-3), Hugh O'Cinneide (5-2) and Reed Srere (5-1) in first match ... won five of first six bouts at the St. John's Invite, besting Ohio State's Rhys Douglas (5-3), Nitikorn Dornhandaeng (5-1) and Alistair Delchamps (5-4) before out-dueling Penn State's Alex Schneller (5-3) and Adrian Bak (5-3) ... lost to savvy Nittany Lion contestant Kaito Streets, 5-1 ... bounced back from slow start at the Northwestern Duals by breezing through final three match-ups, including 3-0 sweep of Cal Tech's Marco Cruz-Heredia (5-0), Christopher Cousté (5-1) and Harrison Miller (5-2) ... posted impressive 11-3 record at the DeCicco Duals whilst cruising through final seven bouts ... at NCAA Midwest Regionals, earned the No. 1 seed but was upset by Ohio State's Fares Arfa, 15-8 to finish third ... earned a monogram.
AS A FRESHMAN: posted best record of any men's sabreist with a 36-23 record ... was Midwest Fencing Conference (MFC) Runner-Up ... competed at NCAA Championships, finishing in 18th place ... at the St. John's Invitational posted an 8-7 mark ... in his first bout as an Irishman, defeated Andrew McDonald of Ohio State 5-2 before being out-dueled by defending NCAA Champion Max Stearns, 5-3 ... dropped three bouts against Penn State, but won against Harvard's Alexander Ryjik with a 5-4 decision ... versus Columbia was undefeated, earning wins against Michael Josephs 5-4, Rienzi Gokea 5-1 and Geoffrey Loss 5-2 ... posted a nearly identical record at the NYU Invite the next day, going 8-6 ... notched a pair of 5-4 wins over Yale and bested William Zhao 5-2 ... after struggling against Columbia, won a match with North Carolina's Nate Wiecha five touches to two ... dropped a pair of 5-3 bouts to St. John's bouters, but came back strong and was undefeated against host NYU ... blanked Jerry Xu 5-0 and overpowered Stephan Teng 5-1 before escaping with a 5-4 victory over Patrick Glodkowski ... went 6-8 at the Northwestern Duals, his only losing record of the season ... notched a duet of 5-1 victories over Cal Tech, blanking Walter Mills 5-0 to go undefeated against the Beavers ... impressed at the Duke Duals, posting a 7-2 mark ... went 2-1 against Penn State, out-touching Kaito Streets and Pawel Puchalski 5-3 and 5-4, respectively ... was undefeated against Johns Hopkins ... versus host Duke, logged a 2-1 record, earning impressive wins over Eugene Chung 5-4 and Charles Copti, 5-3 ... was one of three sabreurs to go undefeated at the Notre Dame Duals, posting a perfect 7-0 record ... against Wayne State, blanked Adam Kessler 5-0 ... several bouts later, posted another 5-0 rout against Northwestern's John Kinol ... went back and forth with Lawrence's Graham Jones before finally gaining the upper hand and advancing 5-3 ... finished the day with two wins against Air Force, besting Ryan Redhead 5-3 and Emiliano Kaptain 5-1 ... at MFC Championships, finished pool play 6-0 with a +22 indicator ... earned lopsided wins against Keith Goodwin (Oakland) 15-4, Christopher Edwards (Iowa) 15-10 and Jones (Lawrence) 15-1 ... went back and forth with Irish teammate Kevin Hassett before winning 15-14 to advance into the semifinals against Nikita Silantyev (Wayne State) ... kept his poise and won, 15-11, to advance into the final bout ... fell to top-seeded Stearns of Ohio State 15-9 but copped First Team All-MFC Honors ... at the NCAA Midwest Regional the following week earned the first-place finish and automatic qualifying berth to the Championships with a 12-1 record ... competed in a fence-off with fellow teammate Jason Choy, narrowly winning 5-4 ... in San Antonio, started the competition 5-2 after the first round ... finished in 18th place with a 9-14 overall mark.
PREP & PERSONAL: Attended Christian Brothers High School, and fenced with the Hristov-Csikany club team ... gold medalist at the 2010 Cadet Fencing World Cup event in Konin, Poland ... earned fifth place at the Cadet World Cup event in Meylan, France, that same year ... member of the California Scholarship Federation and the National Honor Society ... son of Jeff and Michelle Hallsten ... has three sisters, Annie, Katie and Molly ... enrolled in the college of Arts & Letters, majoring in pre-professional studies.
Hallsten's Career Record