HONORS AND AWARDS:
MFC Sabre Seventh-Place Finisher (2011)
MFC Sabre Eighth-Place Finisher (2012)
Second Team All-MFC (2011, 2013)
AS A SENIOR: Competed in two meets for the Irish, finishing her career with a 94-12 mark … at the Northwestern Duals, was 0-3 …lost to Fairleigh Dickinson’s Genele Streitz 5-3 and UC-San Diego’s Megan Gesner 5-4 and Karinne Caisse 5-3 … at Notre Dame Duals, logged a 5-1 mark … was undefeated versus Detroit … earned a 5-3 win against Eva Berndt and a pair of 5-1 wins against Katie Lang and Shannon Canavan … was 1-1 against Lawrence, out-touching Tia Azimioaria 5-2 but was out-dueled 5-2 by Shallion Dixon … at Midwest Fencing Conference (MFC) Championships, finished in eighth place, good for second-team All-MFC honors … earned a monogram.
AS A JUNIOR: Participated in three regular season dual events for the Irish, compiling a 36-5 record … earned a monogram … posted a 4-2 outing at the NYU Duals, defeating opponents from Yale and host NYU 2-1 in individual bouts … carried the second best team record at the Notre Dame Duals with a 22-2 effort … won 13 bouts by four or more touches at the home meet … led the sabre squad with a 10-1 showing at the Northwestern Duals, sweeping Cal Tech and Stevens Tech 3-0 … finished 13th out of 53 participants at the Midwest Fencing Conference Championships to narrowly miss all-conference recognition … sported a 4-1 record with a +10 indicator (21-11) during pool play … received the Christopher Zorich Award, which recognizes contributions to the University and community at-large.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Put together an undefeated season in sabre, finishing the year with a 24-0 record … earned second monogram … did not travel to the opening two events at the NYU Invitational and St. John[apos]s Challenge … got first time on the strip at the Notre Dame Duals, posting a 12-0 record including going a perfect 3-0 against both Lawrence and Swarthmore … claimed first victory of the year with 5-4 triumph over Lawrence[apos]s Madeline Cooper … clinched the overall match victory over Florida with a 5-3 win over Sam Cooke … the following match against Air Force, clinched the sabre decision with a 5-3 decision over Saskia Hicks … also clinched sabre against Swarthmore, earning a shutout victory over Michelle Lin, 5-0, and Wayne State with a 5-3 win over Katie Bryce … posted an 8-0 record the following day at the Northwestern Duals, including going 3-0 against Stanford … in that match, earned the sabre clincher over Suraya Omar 5-2 … ended regular season going 4-0 at the Irish Duals against Chicago (2-0), Illinois (1-0) and Michigan State (1-0) … finished seventh at Midwest Fencing Conference Championships, earning second team all-MFC honors … finished 5-1 in pool play with a +15 indicator to advance into direct elimination as the 11th seed … posted three wins in bracket, knocking off Indiana[apos]s Yessenia Garza (15-2), Michigan[apos]s Sara Nagy (15-11) and Northwestern[apos]s Jill Mahen (15-14) before falling to teammate Lian Osier, 15-8.
AS A FRESHMAN: Competed in two tournaments for Notre Dame … finished with a 32-3 record in her first season … started her college career at the Northwestern Duals, posting a 17-1 record … earned her first career win against Fairleigh Dickinson[apos]s Heather Morrill (5-4) … went 12-2 at the Notre Dame Duals, including clean sheets against Lawrence, Michigan, Wisconsin, Chicago, Cleveland State, Purdue and Detroit … finished 16th in her first Midwest Fencing Conference Championship … in the direct round of elimination of the tournament, defeated Olivia Furnas of Detroit, 15-3, in the round of 64, then defeated Ohio State[apos]s Victoria Harris, 15-12, in the round of 32, before losing to Margarita Tschomakova of Ohio State, 15-6, in the round of 16.
PREP & PERSONAL: Competed in lacrosse, cross country and track and field while attending Old Bridge High School in Matawan, N.J. … fenced privately throughout her high school years as well … earned a national ranking in fencing each year … earned a third-place finish at the Cadet Regional competition while placing sixth at the Senior Team Summer Nationals … was a member of the National Honor Society and the French Honor Society … daughter of Adam and Malgorzata Stepien … has one sibling, Magda … father played soccer for Polytechnic University in Lublin, Poland … graduated from the Mendoza College of Business with a degree in marketing, as well as a supplemental degree in economics.
Stepien[apos]s Career Record