2007 NCAA Fencing Championships, day-2 of men's competition (Madison, NJ). Photos by Chris Pedota.
Battle-tested foilist who could become rare four-time All-American in 2008 (after placing 7th-8th-9th at the 2005-07 NCAAs) ... has the talent and track record to make a run at the NCAA title ... a technically and tactically sound fencer who has reported in good physical shape for his final college season ... has spent significant time building his technical repertoire over the past few years ... a smart and calm bouter who could show more of a fighting nature on the strip during his final season ... brings classic blend of intellect and athleticism to the strip ... a proven winner as one of top junior fencers in Poland ... tall fencer with a very technical style ... has a diverse range of actions and workmanlike demeanor ... able to draw on a wide-reaching background in fencing and winning traditions ... enters 2008 with a 128-35 career record in regular-season bouts (39th on ND list of all-time men's fencing wins) ... needs just 10 more wins to crack the ND men's foil career top-10 (32 wins in 2008 would tie him with former teammate Frank Bontempo for the 2nd-most foil wins in ND history) ... joins Jim Russamano (3; 1958-60), Charles Higgs-Coulthard (4; 1984-87), Yehuda Kovacs (4; 1986-89), Jeremy Siek (4; 1994-97) and Ozren Debic (4; 2000-03) as the only Notre Dame men's foilists ever to be an All-American in three-plus seasons ... has compiled a 39-30 record in NCAA Tournament round-robin action ... joins two other current Irish fencers - junior men's epeeist Karol Kostka (Krakow) and freshman women's epeeist Ewa Nelip (Katowice) - and two of his former teammates (Alicja Kryczalo and Michal Sobieraj) as the only Poland natives ever to compete on a Notre Dame varsity team ... Kryczalo (Gdansk) - currently a volunteer assistant with the Irish - won the 2002-04 NCAA women's foil titles (also '05 runner-up) while Sobieraj (Leszno) similarly was a four-year All-American (he won the 2005 NCAA men's epee title and was the '03 runner-up, plus 3rd in -'04 and 10th in '02).
AS A JUNIOR: Won nearly 75 percent of his bouts in the regular season (42-16; .724) before winning the Midwest Fencing Conference title, finishing as runner-up at the NCAA Midwest Regional and collecting his third career All-America honor (with 9th-place NCAA finish) ... opened with near-perfect record at Notre Dame Duals (20-2) that included pair of wins in battle with Ohio State (5-4 vs. Dmitri Kirk-Gordon; 5-1 vs. Will Jeter), in addition to other top wins over Stanford's Richard Fulton (5-3) and the UC San Diego duo of Cameron Sprowles and John Chung (both 5-2) ... posted 5-3 win over Columbia All-American Scott Sugimoto as part of his 9-8 record at the NYU Duals ... his 9-3 mark at the Duke Duals included 5-1 bout with Johns Hopkins veteran Nick Marchuk and 5-4 win over Duke's Jackson McClam ... highlighted his 4-3 day at the Northwestern Duals with 5-4 win over Penn State's Nicholas Chinman ... entered MFCs as #3 seed but dropped to #10 after pools (despite 4-0 record) ... responded to the resulting tough draw by edging OSU's Andras Horanyi ('06 NCAA runner-up) in a 15-14 quarterfinal ... trailed 11-6 in that bout before rattling off seven of the next eight touches ... went on to beat Jeter in the semifinals (15-13) and OSU's Joe Streb in 15-4 MFC title bout ... his pair of wins over OSU (5-1 vs. Kirk-Gordon; 5-2 vs. Jeter) were not enough to stop Buckeyes from nipping the Irish in an exciting MFC men's epee team final (4-5) ... entered Regional (at ND) as #5 and improved to #4 entering the direct-elimination, when he knocked off the #2 seed Kirk-Gordon (15-13) and then beat him again in the round-of-8 (15-11) ... added 15-9 semifinal win over his ND teammate Kubik but lost the Regional final to Horanyi (4-15) ... his opening day at the NCAAs (6-8; in Madison, N.J.) included noteworthy 5-4 wins over Fulton and Penn's Michael Galligan ... completed his All-America 9th-place finish (12-11) by going 6-3 on day-2 at the NCAAs, with another win over Columbia's Sugimoto (5-4) and a sweep of Harvard (5-3 vs. Kai Itameri-Kinter; 5-1 vs. Enoch Woodhouse) ... helped Notre Dame total the maximum six men's All-Americans for the third time (ND's 85 men's wins were its most since 2003) ... split 10 tense one-touch bouts at the NCAAs ... earlier had another solid showing at the annual Penn State Open in the fall of 2006, placing seventh (after finishing second in '04 and winning in '05) ... his early wins at the PSU Open included a 5-3 bout with Sam Wunderlich of St. John's and a pair of wins over PSU's Robert MacClaren (5-1, 5-2), also beating Wunderlich in the round-of-16 (15-11) before losing to former OSU standout Boaz Ellis (the three-time NCAA champ) in a 7-15 quarterfinal.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Named foil team's MVP after fashioning 39-12 record in the regular season, placing third MFCs and fifth at the Midwest Regional before posting his second straight All-America finish at the NCAAs (8th) ... opened season 9-4 at the Northwestern Duals before 10-4 day at NYU Duals, with top wins over NYU's Gabe Sinkin ('05 NCAA runner-up) and Alexander Kao (both 5-2), SJU's Wunderlich (5-2) and Yale's Cory Werk (5-3), the '04 NCAA runner-up ... added 10-1 record at the ND Duals and 10-3 at the UC San Diego Duals (with a 5-2 win over UCSD's Sprowles and a 5-4 bout with Fullerton's Alex Decker) ... beat defending NCAA champ Ellis of Ohio State in the MFC quarterfinals (15-10) before losing to his OSU teammate Horanyi in semifinals (10-15) ... entered Regional (in Cleveland) as #2 seed but finished fifth, with quarterfinal loss to OSU's Kirk-Gordon (12-15) followed by win over Detroit's Craig Budzynski in 5th-place bout ... stood in 8th-place at NCAAs (in Houston) after going 8-6 on day-1, scoring key wins over Columbia's Sugimoto (5-3), SJU's Wunderlich (5-1), Penn's Galligan (5-3) and Yale's Werk (5-2) ... maintained 8th-place standing after going 4-5 on day-2 at the NCAAs, with wins over Harvard's Itameri-Kinter and Penn State duo of Alexander Louton and Jeff Chang (both 5-0) helping clinch his All-America status ... won Penn State Open in fall of '05, besting OSU's Ellis in semifinals (15-10) and PSU's Chang in 15-13 final.
AS A FRESHMAN: Earned second team All-America honors after 7th-place finish at 2005 NCAAs ... his impressive first year included 47-7 regular-season record, a runner-up finish at the MFCs and winning the Midwest Regional ... opened with 8-4 mark at NYU Duals and followed with 25-3 showing at the ND Duals ... won his final 21 bouts of the season (nine at ND Duals, two at OSU Duals, 12 at Duke Duals) ... lost to teammate Frank Bontempo (13-15) in final of MFC men's foil championship ... earned #2 seed at Regional and lost title fenceoff to OSU's Jeter (following old round-robin format) ... his 10-1 Regional mark included wins over Jeter (5-2), Bontempo (5-1) and OSU's Richard Spicer (5-2) ... tied for sixth after first day of NCAAs (9-5), with wins over NYU's Sinkin (5-3) and fellow All-American Steve Gerberman of Stanford (5-2) ... closed NCAAs with 6-3 record (15-8 overall) on second day, sweeping Columbia duo of Sugimoto (5-2) and All-American Jeremy Sinkin (5-0) ... won Northwestern Open in fall of 2004 before runner-up showing at PSU Open, beating OSU's Ellis in 15-10 semifinal and losing 6-15 final to PSU's Non Panchan (the '02 and '03 NCAA champ) ... his 14-1 record in pools at that event preceded wins over Princeton's Daniel Hohensee (15-3) and PSU's Ian Schlaepfer (15-8).
PREP & PERSONAL: Member of Polonia Leszno club team that won Polish national title ... took third in open category at 2004 Poland National Championships ... placed second at 2003 World Cup event in London and fifth at 2002 World Cup in Slovakia ... coached in his homeland by Zdzislaw Fogt ... born March 19, 1984, in Leszno, Poland ... son of Wieslaw and Elzbieta Jedrkowiak ... a finance major, enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business.