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Irish In Third Place After Day Two Of NCAA Championship

Foilist Ariel DeSmet copped third team All-America honors on the second day of the NCAA Championship Friday

March 22, 2013

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SAN ANTONIO, Texas – The University of Notre Dame’s men’s fencing team finished its final day of competition Friday in third place with 77 points at the NCAA Championship, inside Freeman Coliseum in San Antonio, Texas.

The Irish were led by an impressive performance from foilist Gerek Meinhardt. Meinhardt’s only loss during pool play was to Olympic teammate Miles Chamley-Watson of Penn State, a narrow 5-4 decision in Meinhardt’s second-to-last bout of the morning pools.

The 2010 men’s foil national champion, Meinhardt’s 22-1 bout record tied for second place in Notre Dame history behind Alicja Kryczalo, who went 23-0 with a +100 indicator to win the women’s foil championship in 2002.

Meinhardt and Chamley-Watson were joined by fellow London teammate Alex Massialas (Stanford) and Chamley-Watson’s Penn State teammate David Willette in the semifinal bouts. Facing off in the first semifinal tilt, Meinhardt went up 6-3 at the end of the first period, and then went on a five-touch run to increase the score to 12-6 against Massialas. Massialas returned fire with a seven-touch spurt of his own to take the lead 13-12.

Meinhardt scored the next two touches, bringing him within reach of the win, but Massialas countered and tied the score. Massialas had the winning touch moments later to advance into the NCAA Championship bout against Willette.

Meinhardt finished the day with a +67 indicator and earned first-team All-America honors after tying for third place, while Massialas outscored Willette 15-10 to win the men’s foil individual national championship. Meinhardt’s performance improved his career NCAA Championship record to 58-10.

Wrapping up pool play in men’s foil, Ariel DeSmet went 4-4 on the day to finish 13-10, earning third-team All-America recognition in the process.

In men’s epee, Garrett McGrath posted a 6-2 record for the day to finish with a 12-11 record and a +7 indicator in 13th place. Epee teammate Michael Rossi finished 4-4 for an 8-15 final record, good for 20th place overall.

Marco Canevari of Ohio State won the men’s epee NCAA Championship bout. Canevari won the epee draw of the NCAA Midwest Regional held March 10 at the Castellan Family Fencing Center at Notre Dame with a record of 14-1.

In the sabre event, Kevin Hassett placed ninth, while freshman John Hallsten finished 18th with a 9-14 overall mark. Hassett, who had a 9-6 record Thursday, finished the competition with a 13-10 docket and a +11 indicator, earning third-team All-America status. Michael Mills (Pennsylvania) won the NCAA Championship bout against Gordon with a score of 15-9.

The women’s portion of the NCAA Championship is scheduled to begin at 9:15 a.m. Saturday.

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December 3
All Day
Div. I/Div. II NAC
Richmond, Va. (Greater Richmond Convention Center)
December 4
All Day
Div. I/Div. II NAC
Richmond, Va. (Greater Richmond Convention Center)
December 5
NTS
Div. I/Div. II NAC
Richmond, Va. (Greater Richmond Convention Center)
RECAP
January 6
All Day
Div. I/Junior NAC
Columbus, Ohio (Greater Columbus Convention Center)
January 7
All Day
Div. I/Junior NAC
Columbus, Ohio (Greater Columbus Convention Center)
January 8
All Day
Div. I/Junior NAC
Columbus, Ohio (Greater Columbus Convention Center)
January 9
All Day
Div. I/Junior NAC
Columbus, Ohio (Greater Columbus Convention Center)
January 21
All Day
St. Johns Invitational
Queens, N.Y. (Taffner Field House)
January 22
All Day
NYU Invitational
New York, N.Y. (Dodge Center)
January 28
All Day
DeCicco Duals
Notre Dame, Ind. (Castellan Family Fencing Center)
January 29
All Day
DeCicco Duals
Notre Dame, Ind. (Castellan Family Fencing Center)
February 4
All Day
Northwestern Duals
Notre Dame, Ind. (Castellan Family Fencing Center)
February 5
All Day
Northwestern Duals
Notre Dame, Ind. (Castellan Family Fencing Center)
February 17
All Day
USA Fencing Junior Olympics
Kansas City, Mo. (Bartle Hall Convention Center)
February 18
All Day
USA Fencing Junior Olympics
Kansas City, Mo. (Bartle Hall Convention Center)
February 19
All Day
USA Fencing Junior Olympics
Kansas City, Mo. (Bartle Hall Convention Center)
February 20
All Day
USA Fencing Junior Olympics
Kansas City, Mo. (Bartle Hall Convention Center)
February 25
All Day
ACC Championships
Durham, N.C. (TBD)
February 26
All Day
ACC Championships
Durham, N.C. (TBD)
March 11
All Day
NCAA Midwest Regional
Detroit, Mich. (Mattheai Center)
March 23
All Day
NCAA Championships
Indianapolis, Ind. (Indiana Farmers Coliseum)
March 24
All Day
NCAA Championships
Indianapolis, Ind. (Indiana Farmers Coliseum)
March 25
All Day
NCAA Championships
Indianapolis, Ind. (Indiana Farmers Coliseum)
March 26
All Day
NCAA Championships
Indianapolis, Ind. (Indiana Farmers Coliseum)
April 21
All Day
USA Fencing Division I Championship
TBD
April 22
All Day
USA Fencing Division I Championship
TBD
April 23
All Day
USA Fencing Division I Championship
TBD
April 24
All Day
USA Fencing Division I Championship
TBD

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