Fencers post strong results in summer competition
Seven standouts among four Notre Dame sports and three countries are represented.
Irish still in eighth place as a team with the men's competition concluded.
Fighting Irish programs raise bar to highest level in 127-year history of Notre Dame athletics.
Notre Dame's two-time NCAA foil champion and two-time Olympian has left a profound impact on American fencing, at three fundamental levels.
Images of the Notre Dame rising senior competing in team foil fencing in the 2012 Olympics.
Images of athletes with Notre Dame connections who have competed in the Olympics.
The top-ranked Notre Dame Men's Fencing team competes in the 2010 Notre Dame Duals
HONORS & AWARDS
Men's Team Foil Fourth-Place Finisher (2012 Olympics)
2012 Olympic Games Participant (United States)
2008 Olympic Games Participant (United States)
2013 Pan American Zonal Championships
2013 Pan American Zonal Championships
2013 La Coruna World Cup Individual Bronze Medalist
2013 Venice Grand Prix Individual Silver Medalist (Foil)
2013 Tokyo Grand Prix Individual Silver Medalist (Foil)
2013 Budapest Senior World Championships
2012 USA Fencing National Championship
2012 Pan American Championships Team Gold Medalist
2011 Pan American Championships Team Gold Medalist
2011 Pan American Games Team Gold Medalist (Foil)
2010 Senior World Championships
2010 Junior World Championships
2008 Junior World Championships Team Champion
2007 Madrid Junior World Cup Individual Gold Medalist
2007 N.A.C. Senior Nationals Individual Gold Medalist
2007 US Fencing National Championships
2007 Senior Pan American Zonal Championship Individual Gold Medalist
2007 Burgsteinfurt Junior World Cup
2007 Bratislava Junior World Cup
2006 Junior Pan America Zonal Championships Individual Gold Medalist
2006 US Fencing Junior Nationals
2006 N.A.C. Junior Nationals Individual Gold Medalist
2006 Madrid Junior Championship
NCAA Foil t-3rd place finisher (2013)
NCAA Foil Champion (2010)
NCAA Foil Runner-Up (2009)
First-Team All-American (2009, 2010, 2013)
INTERNATIONAL RESULTS:Currently tied for first place in Individual World Rankings ... is first in Team World Rankings for 2013 ... won gold medal in individual and team competition at the Pan American Zonal Championships ... earned a bronze medal at the La Coruna World Cup ... finished in seventh place at the St. Petersburg Grand Prix ... earned silver medals at the Venice and Tokyo Grand Prix competitions ... finished 10th in individual competition at the Budapest Senior World Championships ... was a member of the silver-medal team in Budapest as well ... Made second career Olympic Games appearance as a member of the fourth-place United States squad in the 2012 men's team foil competition ... claimed a pair of gold medals at the 2012 USA Fencing National Championships (individual foil) and Pan American Championships (team foil) ... earned additional gold medals at the 2011 Pan American Championships and Pan American Games in the team foil ... became first American foilist to medal at the World Championships in the senior division, taking third at the 2010 competition in Paris and earning 60 points toward international ranking ...also placed fifth at a North American Cup event in San Jose and ninth at a tournament in Isla De Margarita ... ranked the 10th-best foilist in the senior division ... placed second in the junior division at the World Championships held April 7, 2010 ... member of 2008 U.S. Olympic Team in men's foil ... at the Olympics, beat Mostafa Nagaty of Egypt (15-3) in the round of 32 before falling to Jun Zhu of China (9-15) in the round of 16 ... 2008 Junior Team World Champion ...gold medalist at the 2007 Madrid Junior World Cup and the 2007 N.A.C. Senior Nationals in Tucson, Ariz. ... won the 2007 U.S. Fencing National Championships in Miami, Fla., and the 2007 Senior Pan American Zonal Championship held in Mont-Tremblant, Canada ... silver medalist at both the Burgsteinfurt Junior World Cup and the Bratislava Junior World Cup in 2007 ...finished 28th at the 2007 World Championships held in St. Petersburg, Russia, and fifth at the 2007 Cuba Senior Grand Prix ... gold medalist at the 2006 Junior Pan America Zonal Championships held in San Antonio, Texas, the 2006 U.S. Fencing Junior Nationals held in Atlanta, Ga., and the N.A.C. Junior Nationals held in Houston, Texas ... in 2006, finished third at the Madrid Junior Championship, fifth at the Montreal Junior World Cup and fifth at the Bratislava Junior World Cup.
AS A SENIOR:Finished tied for third at the 2013 NCAA Championships, earning first-team All-America accolades for the third time in his career ... competed primarily in international competitions, appearing in only one meet during the regular season for the Irish at the Northwestern Duals ... posted the best individual record of the day, going 17-1 in Evanston ... sole loss was to defending NCAA Champion Zain Shaito of Ohio State, who narrowly clinched the victory with a score of 5-4 ... notched perfect 3-0 bout records against Princeton, Stanford, Cal Tech, UC-San Diego and North Carolina throughout the rest of the day ... versus Stanford, was on the winning side of another 5-4 score against Olympic teammate and friend Alex Massialas ... at the NCAA Midwest Regional, finished tied with Irish teammate Ariel DeSmet with identical records of 12-1 ... after losing to DeSmet in pool play, won the fence off with a score of 5-3 to secure the first-place finish and automatic berth to the NCAAs in San Antonio, Texas ... in the Lone Star State, finished the first day of competition in first place with a perfect 15-0 round robin record ... heading into the semifinals, boasted a 22-1 record, with sole loss being against Olympic teammate Miles Chamley-Watson of Penn State ... squared off against Massialas in semifinal bout ... in the first period, went up 6-3 on the Cardinal combatant, before increasing the lead to 12-6 ... Massialas returned fire, scoring seven consecutive touches to advance, 13-12 ... the Irishman scored two touches, bringing the score to 14-13, but could not completely finish as Massialas won the bout, 15-14 ... finished tied for third with Chamley-Watson ... stands in ninth place in the Irish record books with a win/loss percentage of .929 on the top 30 fencers list (all weapons) ... in foil-only list, is third in career win/loss percentage, just above former head coach Michael DeCicco.
2012 NCAA SEASON: Did not compete due to Olympic training.
2011 NCAA SEASON: Did not compete due to injury.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Completed his sophomore campaign with an impressive record of 31-3 and championship titles in the foil at both the NCAA Midwest Regional Championships and the NCAA Championships ... posted a 12-1 record at the NYU Invitational, including match- clinching wins over Columbia's Isaac Kim, St. John's Adam Watson, and Ohio State's Joe Streb ... posted perfect 3-0 records versus Yale, Columbia, and Ohio State to start the season ...won eight of nine bouts at the St. John's Challenge, dominating St. John's and Harvard by winning all three bouts against each squad ...finished out the regular season with an 11-1 record at the Notre Dame Duals ... crowned Midwest Fencing Conference Champion in the foil after downing Case Western's Phil Ropelewski (round of 64), Purdue's Pavel Prusakov (round of 32), Iowa's Luke Voelz (round of 16), Notre Dame's Zach Schirtz (quarterfinals), Ohio State's Colin Sutter (semifinals) and Notre Dame's Enzo Castellani in the finals ... won the NCAA Midwest Regionals, downing Detroit's Michael Purdy (15-0), Ohio State's Colin Sutter (15-12) and Notre Dame's Enzo Castellani (15-10) ... defeated Penn State foilists Miles Chamley-Watson (15-11) and David Willette (15-9) to take the crown at the NCAA Championships ... dubbed Knute Rockne Student-Athlete Award winner.
AS A FRESHMAN: Placed second at the NCAA Championships to earn first-team All-American honors ... went 31-2 during the regular season ... began his college career at the Northwestern Duals, finishing 16-2 ... earned his first career win against Johns Hopkins' James Einseidler (5-0) ... his 16 wins led all Irish men's foilists and included a 3-0 record against Cleveland State and 2-0 marks versus Johns Hopkins, North Carolina, Detroit and Lawrence ... turned in an impressive 15-0 performance at the Notre Dame Duals (including 3-0 records against both Lawrence and Cal Tech) ... did not compete in the individual portion of the Midwest Conference Championships ... placed fifth at the NCAA Midwest Regionals ... after dropping his first final-eight bout in the regional to teammate Enzo Castellani, 15-13, won two straight to finish fifth ... out-touched his final two opponents by a 30-3 margin, including a 15-3 win over Ohio State's Ben Parkins in the fifth-place bout ... went 19-3 in pool play at the NCAA Championship to advance to the men's foil semifinals ... in the semifinal, came back from an early 7-5 deficit against Columbia's Kurt Getz to win 15-9 ... met Penn State's Nicholas Chinman in the gold medal bout ... led Chinman 11-7 at the first break before falling in a closely contested bout, 15-14.
PREP & PERSONAL:Graduated from Lick-Wilmerding High School in San Francisco, Calif., and UMOHS Online Distance Learning in 2008 ... ranked 11th in the world senior rankings and fifth in the world junior rankings ... became the youngest men's foil national champion in U.S. fencing history after outdueling Kurt Getz at the 2007 Summer Nationals ... also was the first male fencer (in any of the three disciplines: foil, epee, sabre) to earn a roster spot on the U.S. senior, junior (U-20) and cadet (U-17) national teams during the same season (06-07) ... trained at the Massialas Foundation under the direction of Greg Massialas (the 1980, U.S. National Champion) ... son of Kurt and Jane Meinhardt ... has one sister, Katie, who played basketball at Boston University ... graduated from the Mendoza College of Business in May 2013 with a degree in information technology management and is currently pursuing a graduate degree.
Meinhardt's Career Record