UND Roster

2018-19 Fencing Roster

Ariel Simmons

Epee


Height 6'1''
Class Junior
Hometown Bellaire, TX
High School Carnegie Vanguard
Bio

HONORS AND AWARDS:

  • 2017, 2018 NCAA Team Championship
  • 2017, 2018 NCAA Championships Men’s Epee Third Place
  • 2017, 2018 First Team All-American
  • 2017 NCAA Midwest Regional Championships Second Place
  • 2018 NCAA Midwest Regional Championships Fourth Place
  • 2017 ACC Men’s Epee Champion
  • 2018 ACC Men’s Epee Runner-Up
  • 2017 ACC Championships Men’s Most Valuable Fencer
  • 2017 ACC Men’s Fencer of the Year for Epee
  • 2017 Monogram Club MVP
  • 2017 Notre Dame Men’s Epee MVP
  • 2018 Kiefer/Meinhardt Award Recipient
  • 2017 All-ACC Academic Team

AS A SOPHOMORE:

  • Finished the season with a 21-21 record through four contests
  • Went 7-5 at the St. John’s Invitational
  • Concluded the year with a 6-3 record during team competition at the ACC Championships
  • Finished as conference runner-up in men’s epee during individual competition
  • Copped First-Team All-America honors for the second straight year, claiming bronze at the NCAA Championships
  • Picked up 17 wins at NCAAs to help the Irish to their second straight national title.

AS A FRESHMAN:

  • Turned in an exceptional rookie campaign for the Irish, highlighted by a First Team All-American performance at the NCAA Championships, finishing tied for third in men’s epee
  • Went 15-8 with a +6 indicator to qualify for the NCAA men’s epee semifinals
  • Fell to eventual champion Cooper Schumacher (St. John’s) 15-10 in the NCAA semifinal
  • Went 9-2 at the NCAA Midwest Regional Championship to capture second place
  • Defeated teammate Dylan French 15-9 to capture first career ACC title
  • Went 8-1 during team competition at the ACC Championships to help the Irish to their third straight ACC title
  • Honored as the Most Valuable Fencer of the ACC Championships
  • Went 39-23 in dual meets during the season
  • Named the ACC Men’s Fencer of the Year for Epee
  • Named the Monogram Club MVP
  • Named ND’s men’s epee MVP
  • Selected to the All-ACC Academic Team
  • Earned a monogram

PREP AND PERSONAL:

  • Joins the Irish men’s epee squad after a gap year following his high school graduation in 2014
  • Amassed an impressive national and international resume during the 2014-15 season
  • Was the 2013 Cadet World Champion and 2013 Junior National Champion
  • Helped the U.S. claim the epee championship at the 2015 Junior Pan-American Games
  • Placed in the top three at two Division I NAC events, including a gold medal at the 2014 December NAC
  • Claimed gold at the 2015 January Junior NAC
  • Finished the 2014-15 season ranked No. 1 in the country as both a cadet and junior and No. 4 in the senior division