2000, 2001 and 2002 All-American
Three-time All-American who again could compete for NCAA title ... ranked 12th among U.S. men's epeeists (Nov. 5), after placing 10th at Summer Nationals (Greenville, S.C.) ... clever tactician who delivers unexpected touches ... could become first four-time All-American in Notre Dame epee history (six ND men's fencers and four women have been four-timers) ... remains in the mix for national-team duty ... a 2004 Olympic hopeful ... boasts physical, quick-striking style and fierce competitiveness ... has excellent coordination and good eye for fencing ... third-year epee captain and team MVP in 2001 and `02 ... competed with U.S. team at 2001 World Junior Championships (Gdansk, Poland) ... won 2001 Junior Olympic title, among field of 157 (Salt Lake City) ... won Penn State Open (fall 2002) with 15-8 title bout vs. Soren Thompson (Princeton).
IN THE ND RECORD BOOK: Owns best career winning pct. (.894, 118-14) of any men's epeeist in Irish history (12th among all weapons) ... needs five wins to crack ND men's epee top 10 (42 for third) ... owns third and sixth-best season win percentages in ND men's epee history (.933 in `02, .917 in `01) ... one of 11 all-time ND men's fencers with 50-plus NCAA wins (52-18) ... one of 12 all-time ND fencers (10 men) who have finished in top three at multiple NCAAs - and one of three men's epeeists, joining Jubba Beshin (`90 champion, `91 runner-up) and David Calderhead (third in `90, `91).
AS A JUNIOR: Posted ND's best men's epee winning pct. (.933, 42-3) since 1989 ... won Midwest Fencing Conference title, finishing second at Midwest Regional (in Cleveland) and fifth at NCAAs (Drew University) ... his 9-2 record at NYU Duals included 5-2 win over Anton Gurevich (St. John's) ... went 15-0 at Air Force Duals, with 5-2 win over Seth Kelsey (Air Force) ... beat OSU's Spencer Jones in MFC title bout (15-5) ... matched seed with runner-up finish at Midwest Regional (14-3), behind teammate Michal Sobieraj ... narrowly missed spot in NCAA semifinals (5th, 17-6) with wins vs. champion Arpad Horvath of SJU (5-1), Gurevich (3-2), Kelsey and PSU's Adam Wiercioch (both 5-4) ... won Penn State Open (fall 2001) in field that included 2001 NCAA champ Thompson (Princeton) and PSU All-Americans Dan Landgren and Wiercioch.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Went 44-4 before winning 17 of 23 round-robin bouts in NCAAs at Wisconsin-Parkside (all losses by one point) ... lost to PSU's Wiercioch (15-8) in NCAA semifinals, with 15-8 win over SJU's Alex Roytblat in third-place bout ... his NCAA wins included bouts vs. Roytblat (5-4) and Wiercioch (5-2), with a 1-0 overtime loss to Kelsey ... seeded first at Midwest Regional, finishing second to teammate Brian Casas ... went 3-1 at MFC Team Championships, with 5-4 win over OSU's Alan Jones in title matchup ... lost 15-14 title bout to Casas in MFC individual competition.
AS A FRESHMAN: Led epeeists with 32-7 record before going 17-6 in NCAA round-robin (at Stanford) ... dropped 7-6 bout to defending champ Roytbalt (SJU) in NCAA semi's, beating SJU's Doron Levit 15-12 for third place (highest NCAA finish for ND epeeist since `91).
PREP & PERSONAL: Member of U.S. under-17 and under-20 teams ... won bronze medal at `99 Junior Worlds ... member of `99 national championship team with New York Athletic Club (coached by Dr. Aladar Kogler) ... born March 11, 1981, in New York City ... a finance major in the Mendoza College of Business (second major in sociology).
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