Surging second-year starter who combines with classmate Ozren Debic to give Irish a potent 1-2 punch in menís foil ... likely will return to the NCAAs in 2001 (March 22-25 in Kenosha, Wis.), as he ranks the No. 2 seed (behind Debic) in the Midwest Qualifier (March 10 in Detroit) ... a strong and powerful fencer who turned in a solid freshman season in which he advanced to the NCAAs ... has fine-tuned his technique while taking aim at All-America honors in 2001 ... joined in the Notre Dame fencing program this season by his sister Kerry, a promising freshman epeeist ... boasts extensive experience at national-level events ... owns a 66-17 career record (.786) ... started slow in the 2001 regular season (4-8 at the NYU Open) before winning 32 of 36 bouts at the final three tournaments, for a 36-12 overall record (.750) ... went 8-0 at the Northwestern Open and 13-1 at the Notre Dame Open before closing regular season with 11-3 record at the Duke Open ... won two of three bouts versus fencers from then-No. 1 Stanford at the Duke Open, with the Irish claiming the top ranking the next week (Notre Dame won the foil competition 5-4 and downed the Cardinal 18-9 overall) ... won five of six bouts at Midwest Fencing Conference Championships, including a 5-4 loss to Ohio State's Nathan Weir and a 5-2 win over OSU's Greg Carlino in the title matchup (the Irish clinched at 5-2) ... advanced to the title bout the next day in the individual competition, dropping a 15-8 decision to his teammate Debic ... totaled 34-7 regular-season record in 2000 before coming two spots shy of claiming All-America honors, with a 14th-place NCAA finish (13-10) ... lost 15-11 to Debic in championship bout at 2000 Midwest Fencing Conference individual competition ... earned spot in the NCAAs with third-place finish (9-2) at Midwest Qualifier ... opened his Irish career with solid 12th-place showing at Penn State Open in fall of í99 ... posted eight wins as Irish split with four teams at 2000 NYU Open ... went 13-0 to help sweep six opponents at Chicago Open before posting seven wins in sweep of four teams at Detroit Open.
PREP & PERSONAL: Ranked among top 20 junior menís foilists in United States ... has competed in numerous North American Cups and Junior Olympics since 1994, with several appearances in the finals ... captained 1997 U.S. under-17 junior menís national team gold medalists ... attended Londonberry High School ... born July 7, 1980, in Manchester, New Hampshire ... enrolled in the College of Arts and Letters ... intends to major in architecture.
Walton's Career Record
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