Returns for fifth year of eligibility, after earlier studying abroad at Oxford during 2004-05 academic year ... former NCAA foil alternate (2004) who will be looking for strong final season ... eased her way back into college fencing during 2005-06 ... serious competitor who quickly analyzes situations on strip ... looking to continue improving technical skills ... has very good hand technique ... one of seven fencers and 39 total student- athletes who are invited participants in Notre Dame's Academic Honors Program (faculty mentoring) ... already has received her biology degree and currently is nearing completion of second degree, in anthropology ... entered 2006 fall semester with 3.90 cumulative GPA ... placed 40th at annual Penn State Open in fall of '06, with a win over #6 seed Jessica Walker of UNC.
WITH THE IRISH: Enters final season with 85-31 career record in regular season ... received two ND fencing awards for 2005-06 (Rockne Student-Athlete Award and Alice Langford Women's Foil Leadership Award) ... her 34-7 record in '05-'06 included 4-1 at Northwestern Duals (5-4 win over UCSD's Jen Chun), 1-1 at NYU Duals, 8-1 at ND Duals (5-3 over Cleveland State's Leigh Pendergrass), 13-1 at Ohio State Duals and 8-3 at UCSD Duals ... finished 16th at '06 Midwest Fencing Conference meet (5-15 loss to teammate Emilie Prot) and 12th at '06 Midwest Regional (in Cleveland) ... served as #4 foilist while compiling 26-21 record in '03-'04 (11-5 at West-vs.-Central Duals, held at Purdue) ... had impressive 6th-place finish at '04 Regional (at Northwestern), going 6-5 as #11 seed and receiving alternate spot in NCAA field ... placed 23rd at Penn State Open in fall of '03 ... received ND fencing program's Yves Auriol Award ("most improved") after winning 25 of 28 bouts in '02-'03 (6-0 at OSU Duals, 6-1 at ND Duals, 2-2 at Duke Duals, 11-0 at MSU Duals) ... placed ninth at 2003 MFCs and eighth at '03 Regional.
PREP & PERSONAL: Competed in fencing and rowing at Culver (Ind.) Military Academy, which produced former ND sabre captain Destanie Milo ... twoyear fencing captain and member of four state-title teams ... lettered in rowing as sophomore coxswain, when program claimed conference and state titles ... sister Catherine Walsh ran cross country at Davidson ... father Thomas Walsh ('63) and grandfather Vincent Walsh ('28) are ND graduates ... daughter of Thomas and Charleen Walsh ... full name is Colleen Jo Walsh ... born Aug. 15, 1983, in Champaign, Ill. ... member of College of Arts and Letters and College of Science honors programs ... on pace to graduate in 2007 with degree in anthropology, after completing her biology degree requirements in 2006 spring semester.
Walsh's Career Record