March 22, 2007
MADISON, N.J. –
The Notre Dame men’s fencers jumped out to a strong start in round-1 of the NCAA Championships, with the six Irish entrants combining for a 19-11 record that places Notre Dame just two wins behind early leader St. John’s (21). Columbia is second (20) and Penn State is tied with the Irish for third (19), followed by Ohio State (17) and Harvard (10, with just five men’s entrants. Junior epeeist Greg Howard and sophomore foilist Mark Kubik each have opened with 4-1 records while three others – sabreists Patrick Ghattas (Sr.) and Bill Thanhouser (So.) and sophomore epeeist Karol Kosta – both are 3-2 (junior Jakub Jedrkowiak has started 2-3 in his foil bouts).
Noteworthy wins from the first round included Kubik’s sweep of the Penn State duo (5-3 vs. both Jeff Chang and Nick Chinman) and a pair of wins for the Irish sabresists vs. Columbia (Ghattas beat James Williams 5-2 and Thanhouser topped Alexander Krul, 5-4). Kostka added a 5-4 win over Yale All-American Michael Pearce to highlight his early victories.
See the above PDF link for the team scores and each individual’s results. Note that this PDF document will be updated regularly througout the four days of NCAA fencing competition.