Gerek Meinhardt: A Transformative Athlete for the Ages

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


Irish Complete First Day Of Competition At Duke Home Meet

Notre Dame men post 1-2 team record


Irish Earn Pair Of Runner-Up Finishes at Penn State Garret Open

Two Notre Dame fencers take silver at 41st annual competition


Notre Dame Student-Athletes Honored At Annual O.S.C.A.R.S. Ceremony

This is the 11th-year for the traditional year-end gala honoring more than 750 student-athletes for their achievements on the field and in the classroom during the 2011-12 school year.


Notre Dame Student-Athletes Honored At Annual O.S.C.A.R.S. Ceremony

This is the 11th-year for the traditional year-end gala honoring more than 750 student-athletes for their achievements on the field and in the classroom during the 2011-12 school year.


3/2 Fencing Midwest Conference Championships

Men and Women's Fencing competed in the Midwest Conference Individual Championships on March 2nd in the Joyce Center.


1/29 Men's Fencing at Notre Dame Duals

Notre Dame Men's Fencing at the Notre Dame Duals on January 29th.


Fencing - Notre Dame Duals (Day 2)

The top-ranked Notre Dame Men's Fencing team competes in the 2010 Notre Dame Duals

Honorable Mention All-MFC (2010)
MFC Foil Seventh-Place Finisher (2012)
Second Team All-MFC (2012)

AS A SENIOR: Was a strong competitor for the Irish, earning a 33-28 mark ... finished his career with a 114-44 record ... competed in every meet for the Irish, improving each time ...at St. John's Invite posted a 1-12 mark, but improved the following day at the NYU Invitational ... in the Coles Sports Center, was 0-2 versus Yale but split the difference 1-1 against Columbia ... posted matching 1-2 bout records against North Carolina, St. John's and NYU ... against the host Violets, narrowly lost to Phil Jamesson 5-4 but reversed the score and won against Andrew Ark ... at Northwestern Duals won every bout except one to UC-San Diego's Keric Moore, 5-0 ... in Durham, went 6-3 at the Duke Duals ... after a slow start against Penn State logged a 2-1 record against Johns Hopkins foes and went undefeated against host Duke ... earned a 5-3 win against Rod Shayesteh, out-touched Michael DeVito 5-1 and narrowly out-dueled Sam Roh 5-4 ... posted his best individual record at the Notre Dame Duals, going 17-3 ... at the Midwest Fencing Conference (MFC) Championships, finished in eighth place, good for second-team All-MFC accolades ... at NCAA Midwest Regional competition finished in seventh place with a 7-6, +12 indicator mark ... earned a monogram.

AS A JUNIOR: Achieved a seventh-place finish out of 73 competitors at the Midwest Fencing Conference Championships, earning all-MFC second team honors ... posted a perfect 5-0 mark in pool play with a +18 indicator (25-7) ... downed Bowling Green's Rob Stepp 15-1 to advance out of the table of 32 ... earned a 15-2 victory over Lawrence's Alex Biehl in the table of 16 ... reached the table of eight with a 15-8 decision over Ohio State's Sam Hardwicke-Brown ... competed in four regular season dual events ... collected second career monogram ... battled Lucas Lin (finished 8th at the NCAA Championships) from No. 6 Harvard within one touch at the St. John's Duals (4-5) ... overcame North Carolina's Kevin Nadeau (finished 21st at the NCAA Championships) with a 5-3 bout victory, finishing with an overall 2-3 showing at the NYU Duals ... gathered the best record (15-1) and ranked second on the foil squad for the most wins at the Notre Dame Duals ... won 10 of his bouts at the home dual by four touches or more ... wrapped up the season with a 3-2 record at the Northwestern Duals ... defeated North Carolina's Kevin Nadeau (5-2) ... remained untouched in the final two bouts at the Northwestern Duals against Cal Tech's Andy Zhou and Stanford's Andrew Scheuremann.

AS A SOPHOMORE: Finished the year with a record of 28-6 in the foil ... earned second monogram with the program ... did not compete in either of the opening two tournaments of the year - NYU Invitational, St. John's Challenge ... took to the strip for the first time at the Notre Dame Duals, putting together a 19-1 ledger ... posted perfect 3-0 records against Detroit, Northwestern, Florida, Lawrence, Swarthmore and Cleveland State at the event ... clinched the foil victory against Wayne State, taking down Raffi Nersessian 5-3 ... clinched both the foil and the outright match against Florida after defeating Shane Hanson 5-2 ... also clinched the foil against Swarthmore with 5-1 decision over Zach Greenberg ... allowed only two touches in taking down John Cuturic (5-1), Chris Tucker (5-0) and Ben Brown (5-1) of Cleveland State ... recorded three wins at the Northwestern Duals, all coming against Cal Tech ... clinched the foil in that match with 5-0 victory over Will Steinhardt ... travelled to the Duke Duals, putting up a record of 6-3 in three matches ... clinched the foil against North Carolina after taking down Joseph Alter 4-3 ... clinched each of the final two overall matches for the Irish, defeating Matthew Budofsky of Duke (5-1) and Ben Wasser of Johns Hopkins (5-0), respectively ... competed at the Midwest Fencing Conference Championships, placing 16th overall ... also helped foil team win the foil team crown the following day.

AS A FRESHMAN: Ended season with a 33-3 record in the foil ... went 17-3 at the Northwestern Duals ... posted clean sheets vs. Stanford, Duke, Lawrence, Northwestern, and UC-San Diego ... versus Northwestern clinched foil win with a 5-0 victory over Stanley Weng ... clinched foil victory over John's Hopkins' Paul Nunley 5-2 ... went 16-0 at the Notre Dame Duals ... put up clean sheets vs. Lawrence, Michigan, Northwestern, Michigan State, Illinois, Chicago, Cleveland State, Purdue, and Detroit ... finished 6-0 in pool play at Midwest Fencing Conference Championship ... defeated Alex Biehl of Lawrence 15-1 in the round of 64 ... took down Michigan's Eric Chen 15-8 to advance to the round of 16 ... lost to Colin Sutter of Ohio State 11-15.

PREP & PERSONAL: Competed in both football and tennis for Salina Central High School in Salina, Kan., earning three varsity letters ... helped freshman football team go undefeated and capture the state championship ... was selected team captain during his senior campaign ... also helped the tennis team to the state title during his freshman year ... member of the National Honor Society ... born in Salina, Kan. ... son of Boo and Melissa Hodges ... brother, Teddy, fenced for the Irish in 2008, 2009 and 2011 ... graduated from the College of Arts & Letters with an English degree with a supplemental degree in history.

Hodges' Career Record

Year W L Pct. NCAA Finish
2010 33 3 .916 --
2011 28 6 .824 --
2012 20 7 .741 --
Career 81 16 .835 --

Grant Hodges
Grant  Hodges


Salina, KS

High School:
Salina Central

Height / Weight:
6-0 / 180


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