Fifth-year veteran who returns for final season, after not fencing in 2001-02 while studying in Rome as part of his five-year architecture curriculum ... combines with junior Derek Snyder (foil) and Michal Sobieraj (epee) as former All-Americans on 2004 men's squad ... very ambitious competitor who boasts good tactics and defensive anticipation ... powerful fencer who fine-tuned his technique while developing into a 2001 All-American ... joins with his sister and current senior epeeist Kerry (the '02 NCAA champ) as first Notre Dame brother-sister combination ever to earn All-America honors (in any sport) ... his mother Yvonne was the bronze medalist at the 2002 Veteran World Championships (foil) while his cousins Kevin (foil, Columbia) and Scott (epee, Pennsylvania) Eriksen also were All-Americans (see pp. 2, 28-29 for more on the Walton family) ... heads into 2004 with a 115-28 career regular-season record (42nd in ND men's fencing history) needing 35 more wins to become 18th with 150-plus ... member of 2003 senior class that combined for nearly 1,300 career wins and 20 All-America finishes.
AS A SENIOR: Returned to action in '02-'03 after studying abroad in '01-'02 ... received ND's John Crikelair men's foil leadership award ... posted 45-9 regular-season record before advancing to Midwest Fencing Conference Championship semifinals and placing second at Midwest Regional ... was first alternate for NCAAs, with classmate Ozren Debic and Snyder claiming ND's two spots in the NCAA field ... part of men's foil squad that won 84-percent of its bouts in '03 regular season (181-35) while compiling 433 career wins ... went 16-1 in his return, at Ohio State Duals ... rallied from 0-2 to beat Nathan Weir (5-2) and help clinch 16-11 win over OSU ... split 12 bouts at ND Duals, with 5-4 win over Air Force's Chris Jones ... his 13-2 record was part of 40-5 showing by men's foilists at Duke Duals ... swept Mark Mulholland (5-1) and Steve Gerberman (5-4) to help beat Stanford (18-9), adding 5-2 win over Bryan Bishe (Johns Hopkins) ... went 10-0 at Michigan State Duals ... dropped MFC semifinal to Debic before taking second at Midwest Regional (held at OSU), with 9-2 record including losses to Debic and Snyder ... placed 10th at Penn State Open (fall '02).
AS A JUNIOR: Did not fence with the Irish during '01-'02 school year, while studying in Rome as part of architecture curriculum.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Started slow (4-8 at NYU Duals) before winning 32 of final 36, for 36-12 record ... received ND fencing's Crieklair foil leadership award ... surged in dual meets at Northwestern (8-0) and ND (13-1), closing 11-3 at Duke Duals (2-1 vs. Stanford) ... went 5-1 in MFC team bouts (5-2 win vs. OSU's Greg Carlino in title matchup) ... lost 15-8 to Debic in MFC individual final ... second seed at Regional, finishing third behind teammates Debic and Steve Mautone ... rallied with 7-2 finish (13-10 overall) to finish ninth at NCAAs, with 5-4 wins over his cousin Kevin Eriksen (Columbia) and Paul Taylor (BC), plus 5-0 over Jon Tiomkin (St. John's) and 5-3 over Eric McConkey (Cleveland State).
AS A FRESHMAN: Went 34-7 in regular season before coming two spots shy of All-America honors, with 14th-place NCAA finish (13-10) ... lost 15-11 to Debic in MFC title bout ... earned NCAA spot with third-place finish (9-2) at Midwest Regional ... posted eight wins at NYU Duals, went 13-0 at Chicago Duals and added seven wins at Detroit Duals ... placed 12th at Penn State Open (fall '99).
PREP & PERSONAL: Ranked among top-20 U.S. junior men's foilists ... finalist at numerous North American Cups and Junior Olympics ... captained U.S. under-17 junior national team (`97 gold medallists) ... attended Londonderry High School ... son of Michael and Yvonne Walton ... full name is Forest Erik Walton ... born July 7, 1980, in Manchester, N.H. ... an architecture major.
Walton's Career Record