2007 NCAA Fencing Championships, day-2 of men's competition (Madison, NJ). Photos by Chris Pedota.
HONORS & AWARDS
Academic All-America Candidate (3.65)
U.S. Junior National Team (2006)
Men's Sabre Team Captain
Brings excellent leadership skills and focus on team goals ... lefthanded battler who has excellent technique and effective creation of speed to go along with keen reaction skills ... an emotional competitor and vocal leader who thrives in big bouts ... combines great footwork with strong will to win ... hails from Oregon Fencing Alliance elite sabre academy that also has produced three current sophomores on the Irish squad (Avery Zuck, Sarah Borrmann and Eileen Hassett), plus recent four-year All- Americans Patrick Ghattas and Valerie Providenza (in addition to 2004 and 2008 Olympic gold medalist Mariel Zagunis) ... has strong drive to reach his own Olympic dream in the upcoming years ... joined Notre Dame classmate Adi Nott (women's foilist) and ND teammate Kelley Hurley (epee) as members of U.S. contingent that competed at Junior World Championships in Taebek City, South Korea (April '06) ... had one of the top U.S. individual finishes in Korea (14th) at 2006 Junior World Championships ... turned in a sixth-place finish amidst an elite field at the North American Cup held in Tucson, Ariz. (April '07) ... his other recent international events have included various Junior World Cups: sixth in Sosnowiec, Poland (summer '05); 23rd in Dormagen, Germany (Nov. '05); 67th in Budapest (Jan. '06); and 126th in Dourdan, France (Feb '06) ... could emerge as a top candidate for Academic All-America honors as an invited participant in the Notre Dame athletics department's Academic Honors Program (faculty mentoring).
AS A JUNIOR: Had impressive regular season (47-19) before placing third at the Midwest Conference Championships, fifth at the NCAA Midwest Regional and 13th at the NCAA Championships ... placed 12th at the annual Penn State Open, in the fall of 2007 ... opened the spring season with a 13-2 record at the Western Invite ... finished 9-7 at the NYU duals ... went 9-5 at the Northwestern Duals and 7-5 at the Duke Duals ... finished the regular season by going undefeated at the Notre Dame Duals (9-0) ... finished third at the Midwest Conference Championships ... went 2-3 in the first round pool at the NCAA Midwest Regional to earn a seventh seed in the direct-elimination portion of the tournament ... advanced to the finals with a 15-8 win over Notre Dame teammate Tom Horton and a 15-7 win over Ohio State's Sergey Smirnov ... fell to Smirnov (15-11) in the quarterfinals before defeating Lawrence's Nils Schaede (15-4) and Ohio State's Mike Momtselidze (15-13) to finish fifth and advance to the NCAA Championships ... at the NCAA Championships, went 11-12 in the round robin portion, good for a 13th-place finish.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Finished the 2007 regular season with the 10th-most wins (51- 12) ever by a Notre Dame men's sabre fencer ... went on to have a strong postseason, placing fifth at the Midwest Fencing Conference Championships, second at the NCAA Midwest Regional and sixth at the NCAAs (good for second team All-America honors) ... opened with 24-3 record at the Notre Dame Duals, highlighted by wins over several All-Americans and NCAA Tournament veterans - such as Ohio State's Jason Paul (5-4), Stanford's Teddy Levitt (5-3), UC San Diego's Jason Runyan (5- 1) and Detroit's Jarek Jelinek (5-3) ... his 10-5 record at the NYU Duals included similar noteworthy wins over Columbia's James Williams (5-4), Luther Clement of St. John's (5-3), OSU's Jason Paul (5-2) and Yale's Christopher Peterson (5-4) ... kept rolling at the Duke Duals (10-2), with more top wins over Air Force's C.J. Baran (5-0), North Carolina's Will Randolph (5-4) and Peter Truszkowski from the home team (5-0) ... topped his club teammate Ian Farr (from Penn State; 5-2) as part of his 7-2 record at the Northwestern Duals ... lost to OSU's Paul in the MFC quarterfinals (12-15; placed 5th) but avenged that loss the next day in the MFC team final (with a 5-3 win over Paul) ... entered Midwest Regional (at ND) as the #4 seed but had to overcome early upset loss to OSU's Dexter Wilde (9-15) ... battled back to reach the regional semifinals, beating Smirnov (15-13) but losing the final to OSU Momtselidze (10-15) ... opened NCAAs in Madison, N.J., with 10-4 record on day one - featuring top wins over Columbia's Alexander Krul (5-4) and Detroit's Jelinek (5-2) ... added 7-2 record on day two of NCAAs, tying for fourth place (17-6; ended up sixth, based on total-point indicators) ... that strong finish included his first career wins over OSU's Momtselidze (5-4) and another All-American, Ben Igoe of Rutgers (5-3), plus other noteworthy victories over OSU's Smirnov (5- 0), SJU's Torian Brown (5-3), Stanford's Levitt (5-1) and PSU's Farr (5-4) ... he and Ghattas (18-5) had the most combined wins in the 2007 NCAA men's sabre field ... their 35 combined wins are third-most ever by an ND men's sabre duo in NCAA action (since current format started in '95) - behind the 2000 pair of Gabor Szelle (20) and Andrzej Bednarski (17), and the 1997 duo of Bill Lester (21) and Luke LaValle (15) ... combined with Ghattas to win 18 straight bouts at one point during the NCAAs, spanning the two days ... went 3-1 in one-touch bouts during the NCAAs ... entered Penn State Open in fall of 2006 as #8 seed and placed 12th, with pair of early wins over OSU's Paul (5-2; 5-3) before losing in round of 16 to Momtselidze (9-15) ... placed eighth in his final event of 2006, the North American Cup in Richmond,Va. - finishing behind some top names in U.S. men's sabre fencing (former NCAA champs Keeth Smart, Crompton and Lee, plus Harvard's Tim Hagamen, RU's Igoe, Penn's Matt Kolasa and national-teamer Tim Morehouse) ... gave Smart a battle in the Richmond N.A.C. quarterfinals before falling, 12-15.
AS A FRESHMAN: Turned in a solid first season with the Irish, going 41-10 in regularseason bouts before 12th-place finish at the MFCs and eighth-place showing at Midwest Regional (leaving him just shy of spot in NCAAs) ... opened with 13-3 record at Northwestern Duals that included top wins over Stanford's Levitt (5-4), UCSD's Bret Martin (5-2) and the UNC duo of Robert Ziechmann (5-4) and Randolph (5-1) ... posted several impressive wins at NYU Duals (8-6), including comeback from 0-4 deficit versus Columbia's Krul (5-4) and win by same score over two-time NCAA champion Crompton of Ohio State (5-4), plus victories over Columbia's Alex Diacou (5-2) and SJU's Nikita Tsukhlo (5-4) ... did not compete in ND Duals (Jan. '06) due to Junior World Cup event in Spain, where he placed third ... closed regular season 6-0 at OSU Duals and 14-1 at UCSD Duals, with top wins over Stanford's Curtis Andrus (5-2), Air Force's Baran (5-1), and the UCSD duo of Martin (5-1) and Runyan (5-1) ... finished 12th at MFCs, after loss in round of 16 to OSU's Paul (13-15) ... headed to Cleveland as #3 seed for regional but dropped to #7 seed for direct elimination (4-2 in pool bouts) before losing to Paul in quarterfinals (10-15), followed by losses to his ND teammate Matt Stearns (14-15) and then Detroit's Jelinek (12-15) in seventh-place bout ... reached round of 16 (10-15 loss to Ghattas) at Penn State Open in fall of '05 ... his 2005- 06 USFA events included placing 16th at N.A.C. in Overland Park, Kan. (Jan. '05), a third-place showing in U-19 bouts at 2005 Summer Nationals (Sacramento, Calif.), a fifthplace finish at the Albuquerque N.A.C. (Nov. '05), placing 11th in U-20 bouts and 24th overall at the Houston N.A.C. (Jan. '06), and finishing 15th at 2006 Summer Nationals in Atlanta.
PREP & PERSONAL: Attended Oregon Episcopal School (as did Ghattas) while training at Oregon Fencing Alliance, coached by former ND assistant Ed Korfanty ... nationally ranked throughout youth fencing career ... undefeated in bouts with OFA as junior and senior (team captain both years) ... his 2004-05 national and international results included: 22nd at Junior Olympics, 14th at Summer Nationals, 19th at Louisville (Ky.) Junior World Cup and 63rd at Dormagen (Germany) Junior World Cup ... member of U.S. cadet-level (U-17) men's sabre national team in 2003 ... won cadet and junior-level men's sabre title at 2003 Pan-Am Championships (in Guadeloupe) ... placed 13th at 2003 Junior World Championships (Trapani, Italy) ... other top 2003 results included: winning U-17 title, taking 3rd-place in U-20s and helping junior men's sabre team post 4th-place showing at Summer Nationals (Austin,Texas); and placing 10th in Columbus, Ohio, 12th in Palm Springs, Calif., and 19th in Overland Park, Kan. (all as a D-I competitor in those N.A.C.'s) ... selected for Nov. 24, 2003, issue of Sports Illustrated's "Faces in the Crowd" ... his top 2002 events included winning U-17 title at N.A.C. in Orlando, being runner-up at similar event in Greenville, S.C., and pair of eighth-place cadet finishes at World Cup in Godollo, Hungary, and Junior World Cup in Louisville ... lettered as midfielder on OES soccer team during junior year ... served as student body vice-president ... son of Ned and Anne Thanhouser ... full name is William Lloyd Thanhouser ... born March 18, 1986, in Portland, Ore. ... a Program of Liberal Studies major, in the College of Arts and Letters.