Feb. 8, 2009
NOTRE DAME, Ind. –
The top-ranked Notre Dame men’s fencing team went 7-0 on the second day of the Notre Dame Duals to improve to 14-0 at the event and 33-0 on the season. The women’s team posted a 4-0 record on day two of the event, moving their record to 32-2 on the season.
The men earned day-two wins over Lawrence (25-2), Cal Tech (22-5), seventh-ranked Stanford (15-12), UC San Diego (18-9), Wayne State (19-8) and Oberlin (25-2). 2009 becomes the 20th undefeated season in program history, and the first since 2003, while the men’s win total of 34 is the highest in program history. The Irish defeated nine top-10 opponents during their undefeated season including co-#1 Penn State, #3 Ohio State (twice), #4 Columbia (twice), #7 Stanford, #9 St. John’s (2) and #10 North Carolina.
On day-two of the ND duals, the women defeated Wayne State (22-5), Oberlin (26-1), UC San Diego (21-6), Cal Tech (25-2) and Lawrence (25-2). The women’s win total of 32 ties the program best mark, first set in 1995.
The Irish have a two-week hiatus before the post season begins with the Midwest Fencing Conference Championships. The MWFCC’s will take place on February 28 and March 1 at the Joyce Center on Notre Dame’s campus. Prior to the MWFCC’s, several of Notre Dame’s underclassmen will head to Albuquerque, N.M. to take part in the Junior Olympics, beginning on February 13.
Men’s Weekend Recap On Sunday, Notre Dame fenced seventh-ranked Stanford in the most anticipated matchup of the weekend and the Irish proved they are worthy of their undefeated status with a 15-12 win over the Cardinal. Irish foilist Steve Kubik (San Antonio, Texas) clinched the match at 14-8, beating Stanford’s Jennings-White, 5-3. Versus the Cardinal, Karol Kostka (Krakow, Poland/epee), Reggie Bentley (Little Rock, Ark./foil), Gerek Meinhardt (San Francisco, Calif./foil), Avery Zuck (Beaverton, Ore./sabre) and Bill Thanhouser (Portland, Ore./sabre) each chipped in with two wins.
Men’s Epee The men’s epee team posted an 85-32 record at the ND Duals, including 20 wins by sophomore Jacob Osborne (Colleyville, Texas). Connor Gettings (Lake Forest, Ill.) and Brent Kelly (Grapevine, Texas) each had 15 wins as well, while Chris Pinkowski (Simi Valley, Calif.) also had a double-digit win total with 11.
Greg Schoolcraft (San Jose, Calif.) added seven wins, while Andrew Seroff (Boulder, Colo.) had six and Bill Ehrlich (Woodbury, Minn.) added five wins. To round out the epee contingent, Kostka had three wins, Rich Molina (Newark, N.J.) added two and Chris Pfarr (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) added a victory.
Kostka now has 173 career wins, the 11th-most in program history, regardless of weapon.
Men’s Foil The men’s foil team posted an impressive 99-24 mark on the weekend. Meinhardt won all 15 of his bouts, while Nicholas Crebs (Beaverton, Ore.) posted 26 wins, against only three losses, to lead the squad. Also finishing with more than nine wins on the weekend were Steve Kubik, who had 11, as well as Teddy Hodges (Salina, Kan.) and Diego Silva (Greenwich, Conn.), who had ten wins apiece. Xavier Lebec (Greenwich, Conn.), Enzo Castellani (Keller, Texas) and Bentley finished with nine wins apiece.
Men’s Sabre The men’s sabre squad posted a 90-27 mark at the ND Duals, with 16 of the wins coming from Marcel Frenkel (San Paulo, Brazil). Other Sabre highlights included Tom Horton (Franksville, Wisc.) reaching the 100-win plateau and Alex Buell (Waterford, Wisc.) and Keith Feldman (Stony Brook, N.Y.) totaling 14 and 13 wins, respectively.
Freshman Tony Schlehuber (Carmel, Ind.) saw the first action of his career and he went on to post 11 wins. John Plunkett (Wycoff, N.J.) and Matt Pentz (Oak Ridge, N.C.) each posted eight wins. Sabre mainstays Avery Zuck (Beaverton, Ore.), Thanhouser and Barron Nydam (Ranco Sante Fe, Calif.) had light workloads as they gear up for the post season, with Zuck going 5-1, Thanhouser 2-1 and Nydam 1-0 on the weekend. Thanhouser now has 174 career wins, tied for eight-best in ND history and fourth-best among sabreists.
Women’s Weekend Recap The women turned in another dominating performance, this time at the Notre Dame Duals. Aside from their perfect 13-0 mark at the event, the women’s closest match was 21-6, which occurred three times. Individual highlights included foilist Adrienne Nott (Pittsford, N.Y.) registering 24 wins to move into fourth place for career foil wins with 223. Sabreist Ashley Serrette (Orange, N.J.) added to her career-best total for wins as she now has 234 (43 more wins than the second-best total in program history for sabre).
Women’s Epee The women’s epee team posted a 93-14 record, including an undefeated mark of 19-0 by Courtney Hurley (San Antonio, Texas). Hurley now stands at 50-5 on the year. Kelley Hurley (San Antonio, Texas) also posted a flawless record, going 10-0 on the weekend. Kim Montoya (Las Vegas, Nev.) and Diane Zielinkski (Bernardsville, N.J.) led the team in wins, posting 25 apiece. 15 of Zielinski’s 25 wins came on day two, when the freshman went 15-0. Vanessa Rosa (El Paso, Texas) posted an 18-4 mark, while Stephanie Myers (El Paso, Texas) made her collegiate debut, posting a 6-6 record.
Women’s Foil The women’s foil team had an amazing showing at the ND Duals as they were able to notch 107 wins against just 10 losses. With 24, Nott had the second-highest win total, trailing only Darsie Malynn’s (Grapevine, Texas) 25 wins. Hayley Reese (Crestwood, Ky.) had a 17-1 mark on the weekend, while Radmilla Sarkisova (Grand Rapids, Mich.) was right behind her with a 16-1 mark.
Rounding out the 107 foil wins were Katie Heinzen (Fairfax, Va.), Christina LaBarge (Pasedena, Calif.) and Emilie Prot (Limonges, France). Heinzen had 13 wins, LaBarge added 11 and Prot won the only bout she fenced.
Women’s Sabre The women’s sabre team recorded a 94-23 record at the ND Duals. Beatriz Almeida (Chappagua, N.Y.) and Serrette led the team as each fencer posted a 19-0 mark. Sarah Borrmann (Beaverton, Ore.) also went undefeated, with a 9-0 record. The defending 2008 NCAA sabre champion is now an impressive 113-15 in two years of regular season bouting.
Eileen Hassett (Beaverton, Ore.) continued her impressive season thus far with a 9-1 mark over the weekend, moving the sophomore to 43-10 on the season and to 110-22 for her career. Senior Christina Zoccoli (Delran, N.J.) posted a 22-5 mark to push her career mark to 72-37. Rounding out the sabre contingent, Colleen Dawes (Centennial, Colo.) made her collegiate debut, notching 15 wins over the weekend, including 3-0 marks versus Oberlin and Lawrence.
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