Notre Dame Fencing: 2011 National Champions
A look at Ariel DeSmet and Avery Zuck's semifinal and final bouts on Friday, March 25.
AWARDS AND HONORS:
Captain (2010, 2011)
NCAA Second-Place Finisher (2011)
NCAA Third-Place Finisher (2010)
NCAA Fifth-Place Finisher (2009)
First Team All-American (2010, 2011)
Second Team All-American (2009)
MFC Sabre Runner-Up (2009)
First Team All-MFC (2009)
Second Team All-MFC (2008, 2010)
AS A SENIOR: Concluded the year with a record of 34-2 to push his career Irish record to 135-25 (.844) ... qualified for the NCAA Championship for the third consecutive year ... earned fourth monogram ... named a first-team All-American for second straight year ... opened the season with a 10-1 record at the NYU Invitational, including finishing with a 3-0 sheet against Ohio State in the final match ... went a perfect 12-0 at the St. John's Challenge the following day, posting perfect 3-0 ledgers against Ohio State, Penn State, Harvard and St. John's before getting the match off against Columbia ... clinched the sabre win over Ohio State with 5-4 victory over Rhys Douglas before later clinching the overall match with 5-1 triumph over Nicholas Kotz ... did not fence at the Notre Dame Duals ... returned to the strip at the Northwestern Duals, posting a 4-0 record ... ended regular season with a 5-1 showing at the Duke Duals, including a 3-0 slate against the host Blue Devils ... clinched the sabre decision over Duke with a 5-4 victory over Anthony Lin in the ninth-and-deciding bout ... after missing the Midwest Fencing Conference Championships, returned to action at the NCAA Midwest Regionals and claimed first in men's sabre with a pool play record of 8-1 and a +18 indicator to earn qualification into the NCAA Championship ... earned a top-four finish and a spot in the individual semifinals at the Championships after putting together an 18-5 mark in pool play bouts with a +47 indicator ... advanced into the title bout with a 15-13 victory over Penn State's Aleksander Ochocki before losing on the final touch of the gold-medal match, 15-14, to two-time NCAA Champion Daryl Homer of St. John's ... winner of the Notre Dame Monogram Club MVP, Walter M. Langford Memorial Award and Most Valuable Sabreur.
AS A JUNIOR: Earned the bronze medal at the NCAA Championships to earn first-team All-America honors ... posted a season record of 34-7 ... began his junior campaign with a 12-4 record during the NYU Invitational, clinching wins against Stevens Tech's David Barth (5-2) and Ohio State's Michael Douville (5-4) ... registered six wins at the St. John's Challenge, downing Stanford's Lucas Jansen and Ohio State's Robert Douville for clinching points ... posted a perfect 15-0 record at the Northwestern Duals, clinching wins over Stanford's Max Murphy (5-4) and Ohio State's Robert Douville (5-3) ... nabbed sixth at the Midwest Conference Championships, downing Lawrence's Aaron Wright (15-1), Ohio State's Trent Lundquist (15-4) and Notre Dame's William McGough (15-7) before being narrowly defeated by Ohio State's Bryan Cheney (15-14) ... took second at the NCAA Midwest Regionals, losing to Ohio State's Bryan Cheney, 15-8, in the final round ... tied for third at the NCAA Championships with a round robin record 19-4 and an indicator of +53 ... dropped his semifinal match to eventual champion Daryl Homer of St. John's, 15-10 ... named Notre Dame Monogram Club MVP and Most Valuable Sabreur.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Finished fifth at the NCAA Championships to earn second-team All-American honors ... finished the regular-season with a 28-8 record ... started the year by going 2-3 at the St. John's Duals ... rebounded at the NYU Invitational, finishing 11-2, including a perfect 3-0 record against third-ranked Ohio State ... his 11 wins at the NYU Invitational led the Irish men's sabre squad and included his 50th career win ... in Notre Dame's 15-12 come-from-behind win against Columbia at the NYU Invitational, Zuck ignited the comeback by beating Alex Rudnicki (5-0) to tie the match at 11-11 ... finished 10-2 at the Northwestern Duals, with perfect records against Johns Hopkins (2-0), tenth-ranked North Carolina (2-0), Wayne State (2-0) and third-ranked Ohio State (3-0) ... went 5-1 at the Notre Dame Duals ... made a run to the semifinals of the Midwest Conference Championships to earn first-team all-conference honors ... beat Andrew Kirchhman of Minnesota, 15-2, in the first round of the conference championships ... in the round of 32 beat Lawrence's Alex Chee, 15-8 ... dominated Alex Gottschalk of Wisconsin, 15-6, in the round of 16 ... knocked off Notre Dame teammate Barron Nydam, 15-10 in the quarterfinals ... won a close contest against Ohio State's Mikhail Momtselidze, 15-14, before losing in the finals to OSU's John Friend,15-8 ... made a run to the championship bout in the NCAA Midwest Regionals ... downed teammate Keith Feldman, 15-5, in the first round of the final eight table to advance to the semifinals ... in the semifinals, overcame Ohio State's Dexter Wilde, 15-9 ... lost to top-seeded Mikhail Momtselidze of Ohio State, 15-9, in the final ... went 17-6 during round robin play at the NCAA Championships ... his 17 wins placed him just outside the top four, which would have earned him first-team All-American honors.
AS A FRESHMAN: Had an impressive regular season (39-8) before finishing seventh at the NCAA Midwest Regionals ... started his year with a 15-3 showing at the NYU duals ... finished 15-5 at the Northwestern Duals ... went undefeated at the Notre Dame Duals, compiling a 9-0 record ... entered the Midwest Conference Champion-ships as a No. 4 seed before going on to earn second team all-conference honors ... went 3-2 in the pool-play portion of the NCAA Midwest Regionals to earn a fifth seed heading into the direct-elimination portion of the tournament ... advanced to the finals of the direct elimination portion with a 15-2 win over Detroit's Doug Sollman and a 15-13 win over Ohio State's Dexter Wilde ... then lost to Wilde in the quarterfinal (15-14) and Ohio State's Mike Momtselidze in the consolation bracket before beating Lawrence's Nils Schaede in the seventh place match (15-8).
PREP & PERSONAL: Attended Jesuit High School while training for six years at the Oregon Fencing Alliance ... had been a nationally-ranked racquetball player before transitioning to fencing as a seventh grader ... has been nationally ranked in fencing since the 10th grade ... took a stab at the senior-level competition during a North American Cup held in Sacramento (April `06) and had a solid placing of 27th at that event ... also placed 15th in the U-19 sabre bouts at 2006 Summer Nationals ... born Feb. 22, 1989, in Portland, Ore. ... son of Jeremy Zuck and Anita Wentworth ... graduated from the Mendoza College of Business with a degree in finance.
Zuck's Career Record