2002, 2003 All-American
Driven third-year foilist who again should be among the top competitors at NCAAs - after All-America finishes in 2002 (7th) and `03 (5th) ... highly-technical fencer noted for quickness and footwork ... looking to boost his consistency and leadership ... listed 34th in U.S. men's foil rankings (Nov. 3, 2003), after ranking as high as fourth in '02 U.S. junior-level rankings ... finished 13th at '02 Junior World Cup (Louisville) ... part of U.S. foil team that placed 19th at `02 World Juniors in Turkey (he placed 45th) ... compiled 66-13 record during 2002 and `03 regular-season bouts.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Repeated as 2nd team All-American and nearly reached NCAA semifinals (5th), helping Irish claim '03 NCAA title ... went 34-6 in regular season ... second at Midwest Fencing Conference Championships before winning Midwest Regional ... key part of foil squad that won 84-percent of its bouts (182-35) and combined for 433 career wins ... 10-0 at Ohio State Duals, with the foilists going 8-1 in showdown with OSU (16-11) ... that matchup was 11-11 before five wins, including his 5-4 comeback vs. Nathan Weir for clinching 14th win ... 9-3 at ND Duals, with 5-4 upset of defending NCAA champ Non Panchan helping beat Penn State, 15-12 ... his 12-3 record was part of 40-5 foil showing at Duke Duals, with his comeback vs. U.S. national teammate Steve Gerberman (5-4) helping beat Stanford, 18-9 ... did not fence at MSU Duals, due to injury ... second to teammate Ozren Debic at MFCs (3-15) before winning Regional at OSU (10-1 as No. 2 seed, with loss to Weir) ... narrowly missed NCAA semifinal, going 17-6 vs. field that included 12 returners from '02 (seven All-Americans) ... opened 5-3 at NCAAs, with sweep of OSU's Weir (5-1) and Matt Carbone (5-3) and 5-3 win over PSU's Chris Miller ... went 5-1 to end first day, with wins over All-Americans Gerberman (5-2), his Stanford teammate Florian Reichling (5-4) and NYU's Michael Pasinkoff (5-4) ... closed NCAAs with 7-2 record ... fifth at Penn State Open (fall '02).
AS A FRESHMAN: Made immediate impact (32-7) before battling back from illness to qualify for NCAAs and claim All-America honors (7th) ... competed in dual meets at NYU (8-4, with 5-4 win over Columbia All-American Kevin Eriksen), Air Force (16-2) and OSU (8-1) before missing month ... returned at Midwest Regional, placing third to clinch NCAA spot ... No. 2 in U.S. junior foil rankings (41st in world) and 14th in overall U.S. foil rankings ... he and Debic were one of two sets of teammates in top seven of NCAA foil ... beat Debic on first day of NCAAs (5-3), closing 7-2 on second day (15-8 overall) ... fourth at Penn State Open (fall '01), followed by 10th (Palm Springs) and seventh (South Bend) at North America Cups ... placed third (London) and seventh (Madrid) at `01 Junior World Cups.
PREP & PERSONAL: Won national foil titles in 1998 (u-14), 1999 (cadet, also Div. 1-A runner-up), 2000 (Div. 1-A; sixth in junior, ninth in Div. 1) and 2001 (junior; 19th Div. 1) ... third in `99 Junior Olympic foil (u-17), third in '00 epee and second in `01 epee (both u-20) ... helped U.S. epee team win silver at `98 World Youth Games in Moscow (the team lived in Olympic Village) ... eight-time Pacific Coast champ ... first fencer to win u-16, u-19 and senior foil at same Pacific Coast Championships ('00), also winning u-19 in `01 ... beat future U.S. teammate Gerberman (15-7) to win '01 Summer Nationals ... ninth at '00 Olympic Trials ... third at '00 NAC (Cleveland) and '00, `01 Junior NACs (Denver) ... fenced at Chaminade Prep and Masque De Fer Fencing Club, coached by Rev. Lawrence Calhoun ... member of Beverly Hills Fencers Club, coached by Misha Itkin ... led both nationally-ranked Chaminade and Masque De Fer to four state titles ... claimed four state titles in foil ... son of Donald and Pamela Snyder ... full name is Derek Petersen Snyder ... born May 9, 1983, in Tarzana, Calif. ... management information systems major, in Mendoza College of Business.
Snyder's Career Record