“Billy Meckling was one of those teammates to us who brings positive spirit, energy and camaraderie to practices and competitions and pushes their teammates and themselves to greater heights. He was an invaluable member of our sabre squad, someone who left a massive impact on all of us as a fencer and a human being.” – Gia Kvaratskhelia
HONORS & AWARDS
- MFC Sabre Third-Place Finisher (2014)
- First Team All-MFC (2014)
- MFC Sabre 11th-Place Finisher (2012, 2013)
- Honorable Mention All-MFC (2012, 2013)
AS A SENIOR: Turned in an 18-3 mark on the season to finish his career with a 92-22 record in dual bouts â€¦ went 3-0 at the NYU Invitational â€¦ posted a 15-3 record at the DeCicco Duals.
AS A JUNIOR:Â Finished the season tied for third at the final MFC Championships, earning First Team All-MFC honors.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Competed in the Notre Dame Duals, posting the best men’s sabre record of the entire squad with a 7-3 mark … against Cleveland State, defeated Paul Lenahan 5-2 before winning by forfeit in his second bout … lost third bout, 5-1 against Tom Bienvenu … was undefeated against Detroit, besting first Frank Adamani then Andrew Gibbons with matching 5-3 scores … squaring off against Northwestern, out-touched John Kinol 5-3 before besting Matthew Skwarczek 5-1 … suffered a pair of close 5-4 losses against Lawrence’s Graham Jones and Air Force’s Ryan Redhead … finished the day with wins over Chicago’s Jing Xu Quek and Stephen McHugh … at the Midwest Fencing Conference (MFC) Championships, finished in 11th place, earning All-MFC Honorable Mention recognition.
AS A FRESHMAN: Placed 11th at the Midwest Fencing Conference Championships, earning all-MFC honorable mention recognition … defeated Case Western’s Matt Clements 15-2 to advance out of the table of 64 … outlasted Pat Ropp of Michigan State 15-8 in the table of 32 … competed in three dual events for the sabre team during the regular season … gathered a 40-4 record, the second best record on the sabre squad … earned a monogram … achieved a 6-1 record at the Air Force Duals, which included a 3-0 sweep over Swarthmore College … allowed just one touch in each of the three bouts … helped the sabre team clinch a 9-0 match defeat of Florida with a 3-0 bout record … led the Irish roster with a 30-2 record at the Notre Dame Duals … 15 of the 30 bout victories were won by four touches or more … finished 4-1 at the Northwestern Duals, yielding just one touch in a 3-0 bout run against Cal Tech.
PREP & PERSONAL: Son of William Meckling and Virginia Laahs … twin brother, Peter, fenced for UC San Diego … has a sister, Megan …enrolled in the College of Engineering, majoring in mechanical engineering.