Returns for fifth year of eligibility, after earlier studying abroad at Oxford during 2004-05 academic year … former NCAA foil alternate (2004) who will be looking for strong final season … eased her way back into college fencing during 2005-06 … serious competitor who quickly analyzes situations on strip … looking to continue improving technical skills … has very good hand technique … one of seven fencers and 39 total student- athletes who are invited participants in Notre Dame[apos]s Academic Honors Program (faculty mentoring) … already has received her biology degree and currently is nearing completion of second degree, in anthropology … entered 2006 fall semester with 3.90 cumulative GPA … placed 40th at annual Penn State Open in fall of [apos]06, with a win over #6 seed Jessica Walker of UNC.
WITH THE IRISH: Enters final season with 85-31 career record in regular season … received two ND fencing awards for 2005-06 (Rockne Student-Athlete Award and Alice Langford Women[apos]s Foil Leadership Award) … her 34-7 record in [apos]05-[apos]06 included 4-1 at Northwestern Duals (5-4 win over UCSD[apos]s Jen Chun), 1-1 at NYU Duals, 8-1 at ND Duals (5-3 over Cleveland State[apos]s Leigh Pendergrass), 13-1 at Ohio State Duals and 8-3 at UCSD Duals … finished 16th at [apos]06 Midwest Fencing Conference meet (5-15 loss to teammate Emilie Prot) and 12th at [apos]06 Midwest Regional (in Cleveland) … served as #4 foilist while compiling 26-21 record in [apos]03-[apos]04 (11-5 at West-vs.-Central Duals, held at Purdue) … had impressive 6th-place finish at [apos]04 Regional (at Northwestern), going 6-5 as #11 seed and receiving alternate spot in NCAA field … placed 23rd at Penn State Open in fall of [apos]03 … received ND fencing program[apos]s Yves Auriol Award (‘most improved’) after winning 25 of 28 bouts in [apos]02-[apos]03 (6-0 at OSU Duals, 6-1 at ND Duals, 2-2 at Duke Duals, 11-0 at MSU Duals) … placed ninth at 2003 MFCs and eighth at [apos]03 Regional.
PREP & PERSONAL: Competed in fencing and rowing at Culver (Ind.) Military Academy, which produced former ND sabre captain Destanie Milo … twoyear fencing captain and member of four state-title teams … lettered in rowing as sophomore coxswain, when program claimed conference and state titles … sister Catherine Walsh ran cross country at Davidson … father Thomas Walsh ([apos]63) and grandfather Vincent Walsh ([apos]28) are ND graduates … daughter of Thomas and Charleen Walsh … full name is Colleen Jo Walsh … born Aug. 15, 1983, in Champaign, Ill. … member of College of Arts and Letters and College of Science honors programs … on pace to graduate in 2007 with degree in anthropology, after completing her biology degree requirements in 2006 spring semester.
Walsh[apos]s Career Record