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.


Irish In Third Place After Day Two Of NCAA Championship

Meinhardt, DeSmet, Hassett earn All-America honors during final men's bouts


Meinhardt's Perfect Record Paces Irish On Day One Of NCAA Championship

Notre Dame men tied for third place entering the final day of competition


Irish In Search Of Ninth National Championship This Weekend In San Antonio

Notre Dame looks to win fourth NCAA title under head coach Janusz Bednarski


Irish Qualify Maximum Lineup For NCAA Championship

Notre Dame will send 12 fencers to compete for program's ninth national championship


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.


NCAA Sabre 13th-Place Finisher (2014)

NCAA Sabre 18th-Place Finisher (2013)

MFC Sabre Runner-Up (2013)

First Team All-MFC (2013)

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

Year W L Pct. NCAA Finish
2012-13 36 23 .610 18th
2013-14 49 21 .700 13th
Career 80 44 .645 --

John Hallsten
John  Hallsten


Sacramento, CA

High School:
Christian Brothers




Event Calendar


December 4
All Day
Div. I/Div. II NAC
Baltimore, Md. (Convention Center)
December 5
All Day
Div. I/Div. II NAC
Baltimore, Md. (Convention Center)
December 6
All Day
Div. I/Div. II NAC
Baltimore, Md. (Convention Center)
December 7
All Day
Div. I/Div. II NAC
Baltimore, Md. (Convention Center)
January 8
All Day
Div. I/Junior NAC
St. Louis, Mo. (Convention Center)
January 9
All Day
Div. I/Junior NAC
St. Louis, Mo. (Convention Center)
January 10
All Day
Div. I/Junior NAC
St. Louis, Mo. (Convention Center)
January 11
All Day
Div. I/Junior NAC
St. Louis, Mo. (Convention Center)

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