Former walk-on who is entering his fourthseason with the Irish … a tremendous allaroundathlete who was a standout tennisplayer during his prep sports career … a hardworkingand intelligent fencer who is veryquick on the strip and has a good selection ofactions … able to shift his tactics to fit thesituation … an excellent student who carries a3.76 cumulative grade point average -including a 4.0 during the 2007 spring semester- as an accounting major.
AS A SENIOR: Finished the season with a28-13 record … started the season with a 5-10showing at the Western Invite … went 2-0 atthe NYU Duals and 5-2 at the NorthwesternDuals … finished the regular season with a 3-0record at the Duke Duals and a 13-1 record atthe Notre Dame Duals … made the round of16 at the Midwest Conference Championships… went 3-2 in the play-in pool to advance tothe first round of the NCAA MidwestRegional … went 1-5 in the round-robinportion of the tournament before losing toNotre Dame teammate Bill Thanhouser in thefirst direct-elimination bout … then lost toOhio State[apos]s Dexter Wilde (15-10) beforefinishing his year with a 15-9 loss to OhioState[apos]s Robert Douville.
AS A JUNIOR: Posted a 25-11 record whileserving as one of top reserves on the men[apos]s sabre squad … his 8-7 record at the NotreDame Duals included wins over Stanford[apos]sAndrew Suciu (5-3), Wayne State[apos]s PatrickTomlinson (5-0) and the Cal State Fullertonduo of Pham Nguyen (5-4) and RichardHuang (5-1) … fenced in three bouts (2-1) atthe NYU Duals before winning all nine of hisbouts at the Midwest Duals (held at ND) …his 3-3 mark at the Duke Duals included winsover David Eitel from the host team (5-2), plusa pair of 5-3 victories over Johns Hopkinsfencers Eitel and Andrew Carney … closedseason by winning all three of his bouts at theNorthwestern Duals.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Went 19-10 in hisfirst season as a collegiate fencer … placed37th in the mixed sabre competition at theNorthwestern Open in the fall of 2005 …added 5-3 record later that fall at theNorthwestern Duals, with 5-1 win over CalState Fullerton[apos]s Jon Bellone and pair of winsover fencers from Johns Hopkins (5-4 vs. JakeSand; 5-1 vs. Carney) … his results in the 2006spring regular season included a 4-2 record atthe Notre Dame Duals, 7-1 at the Ohio StateDuals and 3-4 at the UC San Diego Duals …placed 16th at the Midwest FencingConference Championships.
PREP & PERSONAL: Earned six varsityletters as a two-sport standout at St.Catherine[apos]s High School … twice placed fifthin the Wisconsin state high school tennistournament … a four-time all-conferencehonoree and regional champion in tennis, alsoearning all-city honors three times and all-stateas both a junior and senior … compiled 97-12career record in tennis, including an unbeatenconference mark during all four of his seasons… also lettered in soccer as a junior and senior,helping team win conference and regionaltitles during both seasons … member of statesemifinalist soccer team during his juniorseason before earning all-conference honors assenior team captain … member of theNational Honor Society while at St.Catherine[apos]s … brother-in-law to former NotreDame foil All-American Forest Walton (whomarried his sister, Rebecca Horton) … bornAug. 30, 1986, in Racine,Wis. … son of Danieland Susan Horton … full name is ThomasDaniel Horton … an accounting major,enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business.