Notre Dame Fencing competed against the club teams of Chicago, Illinois, and Michigan State on February 12th.
AS A SENIOR: Finished Irish career as a four-time All-American ... ended the campaign with a 26-14 record to push career record at Notre Dame to 118-45 ... garnered first team all-MFC honors for third time of career ... earned fourth monogram ... opened the campaign with a 9-3 showing at the NYU Invitational, including posting a perfect 3-0 ledger in the final match against Ohio State, as well as clinching the overall sabre win over the Buckeyes with his 5-3 decision over Michael Douville ... notched five total wins at the St. John's Challenge ... did not compete at the Notre Duals ... returned to the strip at the Northwestern Duals, putting together an 8-2 mark, including going 2-0 in the finale against North Carolina ... finished regular season with a perfect 5-0 record at the Irish Duals ... began the postseason with a runner-up finish at the Midwest Fencing Conference Championships, advancing past the semifinals with a 15-8 victory over teammate Jason Choy before falling to Ohio State's Rhys Douglas in the championship bout ... finished with a record of 7-2 and a +21 indicator at the NCAA Midwest Regionals to finish second to fellow Irish NCAA qualifier Avery Zuck ... at the NCAA Championship, concluded pool play with a record of 15-8 and a +13 indicator to finish in sixth place while helping the team claim their eighth national championship.
AS A JUNIOR: Took 10th at the NCAA Championships ... completed the season with a record of 32-8 ... started his junior campaign with a 13-4 record at the NYU Invitational, posting his first clinching win of the season against Yale, the Irish's first opponent of the season ... added another clinching win during the NYU Invitational by downing St. John's Griffin Sweet and NYU's Sam Roukas ... earned an 8-4 record at the St. John's Challenge, posting clinching wins in matchups with Adrian Lumley of St. John's and Harry Lang of Columbia (5-3) ... went 10-3 at the Northwestern Duals, downing Duke's Tyler Hancock for the sabre clincher ... took first at the Midwest Fencing Conference Championships, enjoying a bye before downing Iowa's Adam Rains (15-7), Purdue's Cedric Hall (15-14), Case Western's Garret Singer (15-13), Notre Dame's Marcel Frenkel (15-5), Ohio State's Max Stearns (15-4) and Ohio State's Bryan Cheney (15-14)... took fifth at the NCAA Midwest Regional, beating teammate Jason Choy, 15-7, to earn a spot at the NCAA Championships ... placed fifth at the NCAA Midwest Regionals, defeating Ohio State's Dexter Wilde 15-5 and Notre Dame's Jason Choy, 15-7, ... ranked as tenth best sabreist at the NCAA Championships with a round robin record of 13-10 and an indicator of +11 ... earned the Dan Mulligan Award.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Earned third-team All-American honors with a tenth place finish at the NCAA Championship ... went 22-10 during the regular season ... opened the year with a 3-3 showing at the St. John's Duals ... went 10-4 at the NYU Invitational ... finished 8-3 at the Northwestern Duals, including 2-0 marks against both Wayne State and Johns Hopkins ... led the Irish men's sabre team with an 8-1 record at the Duke Duals ... went 1-0 at the Notre Dame Duals ... finished in sixth place at the Midwest Conference Championships, which earned him second-team all-conference honors ... after a first round bye in the Championships, beat Greg Solow of Oberlin, 15-1 ... defeated Wisconsin's Tyler Spriggs, 15-4, in the round of 32 and Ohio State's Trent Lindquist, 15-5, in the round of 16 ... lost to Irish teammate Avery Zuck, 15-10, in the quarterfinals ... placed fifth at the NCAA Midwest Regionals ... at the regionals, lost to Ohio State's Max Sterns, 15-7, in the round of eight ... then won two in a row to place fifth, including a 15-7 win over teammate Bill Thanhouser in the fifth place bout ... went 13-10 during pool play at the NCAA Championships to earn 10th place.
AS A FRESHMAN: Finished the regular season with a 36-12 record before having a strong postseason that included third-place showings at both the Midwest Conference Championships and the NCAA Midwest Regionals and a sixth-place finish at the NCAA Championships (good for second-team All-American honors) ... turned in an impressive result during 2007 fall semester by winning junior-level (Under-20) men's sabre competition at North American Cup in Dallas ... followed up that performance with fourth-place finish at annual Penn State Open (fall '07), with 15-9 quarterfinal win over North Carolina's Bob Ziechmann before losing in semifinal to Ohio State's Mike Momtselidze (9-15) and in third-place bout versus PSU's Franz Boghicev (12-15) ... started the spring season with a 13-5 showing at the NYU Duals ... finished with a 17-7 record at the Northwestern Duals ... finished the regular season with a 6-0 showing at the Notre Dame Duals ... opened the postseason with a third-place finish at the Midwest Conference Championships ... entered the direct-elimination portion of the conference championships seeded second but was beaten by Ohio State's Mike Momtselidze 15-13 in the semifinals ... went undefeated in first-round pool play at the NCAA Midwest Regionals to earn the top seed entering direct elimination ... received a first round bye and earned a bid into the quarterfinals by beating Wayne State's Jakub Gibczynski 15-4 ... beat Lawrence's Nils Schaede 15-8 in the quarterfinal before losing to Ohio State's Sergey Smirnov in the semifinal ... then beat Gibczynski 15-11 to take bronze and advance to the NCAA Championships ... earned second team All-America honors by placing sixth at the NCAA Championships with a 16-7 record.
PREP & PERSONAL: Attended Santa Fe Christian High School while training for seven years under coach Dmitriy Guy (former fencing standout in the U.S.S.R.) at the Spartak Fencing Club, in San Diego ... first cracked the USFA U-20 men's sabre rankings in 2004-05 (24th) before rising to 12th in '05-'06 and 10th in '06-'07 (his top U-17 ranking was sixth) ... competed in two Cadet World Cups (U-17) during 2005-06 season, placing 17th at the event in Konin, Poland (Sept.) - where he also was a member of the winning U-17 team(with his fellow U.S. sabreists) - and then finishing 18th the next month in Godollo, Hungary ... had a busy domestic schedule in 2005-06, when he competed at three North American Cup events - in Albuquerque (third in the cadet/U-17; Nov.), Pittsburgh (27th among all men's sabreists; Dec.) and Sacramento (13th, again in open age group; April) - in addition to placing 21st at the Junior Olympics (in a U-20 field of 173; also eighth out of 181 in the U-17 bouts; Feb. '06) ... also won the 2006 Senior Pacific Coast Championships (in both the individual and team events) and was runner-up at the Duel in the Desert ... earlier placed 13th at the Junior World Cup in Louisville, Ky., and was an alternate with the U.S. team at the 2005 Cadet (U-17) World Championships ... his results at the 2005 Junior Olympics included 13th in the U-20 bouts (also seventh in the U-17s) and he went on to post a third-place finish in the U-16 bouting at the USFA 2005 National Championships (held in Sacramento) ... won San Diego junior- and senior-level championships in 2005 while placing second at '05 Senior Pacific Coast Championships (also team champion) ... his first noteworthy national finish came in April of 2004 (seventh at the N.A.C. held in Atlanta) ... won cadet/U-17 points title for 2004 Southern California/Nevada Junior Circuit ... sister, Alexa, also is a sabre fencer ... born March 17, 1989, in San Diego ... son of Bill and Dorothy Nydam ... graduated from the Mendoza College of Business with a degree in accountancy.