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  1. Athlete Profile: Kevin Hassett

    Nov 25, 2013, 4:28 PM EST

    Senior sabreist Kevin Hassett

    Kevin Hassett is a senior sabreist from Beaverton, Oregon. He’s a civil engineering major and currently lives in O’Neill Hall. Why did he choose Notre Dame? “My sister went here -she was also a fencer, and she really enjoyed the atmosphere,” Kevin said. His sister, Eileen, was a four time All-American with the women’s saber team.…

  2. Julian Joins the Irish

    Nov 25, 2013, 4:22 PM EST

    Kevin Hassett gives Julian a fencing lesson.

    In August of this year, Julian visited the University of Notre Dame for the first football game of the season versus Temple. Shortly afterwards, the 10-year-old from Evanston, Ill. was diagnosed with leukemia and began intense treatment. Despite the drastic change in his life, Julian has been able to keep up with his home fencing…

  3. Mike DeCicco – Notre Dame Fencing Bids Farewell to One of the True Icons in ND Athletics History

    Apr 6, 2013, 11:29 PM EST

    (An assortment of observations on the life of Michael DeCicco follow below … we have numerous other video and written testimonials and hope to pass along some more highlights via this blog and the fencing page. The author of this blog entry, former ND fencing SID Pete LaFleur, also is in the process of compiling a…

  4. Fighting Irish Athletics and Spotify

    Mar 19, 2013, 3:30 PM EST


    On the bus. In the locker room. In our headphones. At warm ups. In the gym. At halftime. Music is everywhere around Notre Dame Athletics, and now we are sharing it with you. Last week, we created a profile for the Fighting Irish, the first of it’s kind for a collegiate athletics department. For those…

  5. March Madness: Busy Weekend for the Fighting Irish

    Mar 3, 2013, 7:19 PM EST

    Even if you were running as fast as the athletes in this photo, you probably weren't quick enough to catch all of this weekend's Fighting Irish athletics action.

    Thirteen Fighting Irish athletic teams took to the court, field, diamond, track, ice, pool and piste, in what was most definitely one of the busiest weekends of the year for Notre Dame athletics. On campus, the track & field programs competed in day two of the Alex Wilson Invitational, men’s lacrosse made its 2013 home…

  6. Send Me A Sign

    Mar 2, 2013, 11:39 AM EST

    Marta Stepien (photo by Tim Singler)

    Today marks the first day of the Midwest Conference Championships, the first championship held at Notre Dame since the Castellan Family Fencing Center opened last fall. Any of you who attended meets in past seasons remember that fans watched bouts from in between individual fencing strips. It’s not like that anymore. The refurbishment features permanent…

  7. Helpful Hints for Attending a Fencing Tournament

    Feb 23, 2013, 8:29 AM EST

    Stepien in action on the fencing piste. (photo by Tim Singler)

    So you’re a pretty big Notre Dame sports fan. You’ve watched football, checked out soccer and even made an appearance at Arlotta Stadium to see the lacrosse teams in action. And now that the team is hosting a tournament in their brand-new facilities, it’s time to see some fencing first-hand. But if you have no…

  8. 2012 in Review: October

    Dec 31, 2012, 11:15 AM EST


    Of all the months, October was probably the busiest for the Fighting Irish – especially on television. On Oct. 3, a new Strong of Heart feature debuted on NBC Sports Network. The episode included features on Notre Dame football historian Steve Boda and senior linebacker Manti Te’o. However, that was just the beginning. Notre Dame…

  9. 2012 in Review: August

    Dec 30, 2012, 3:30 PM EST

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    As it does every year, August brought a lot of hope and excitement back to campus, as teams kicked off training camp. The Irish football team held its first practice on Aug. 4, while both soccer teams opened practice hoping to rebound from disappointing 2011 seasons. About halfway through camp, the football team spent an…

  10. 2012 in Review: July

    Dec 30, 2012, 1:45 PM EST


    With summer in full swing, July was one of the quieter months on campus, though several current and former Irish athletes were busy away from Notre Dame. Golfer Ashley Armstrong competed in the U.S. Open. Sophomore Ashley Armstrong will spend her July 4th holiday preparing for the U.S. Women’s Golf Open, which kicks off on…

  11. En Garde

    Nov 20, 2012, 7:23 PM EST

    Frank Dyer (swimming) battles Mike Golic Jr. (football) on the fencing piste.

    When I was younger, my mother tried to get me involved in fencing, but I guess it never stuck. But it’s an underrated sport that’s more complicated than two people poking each other with swords. The Notre Dame fencers understand that. Last night, the Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) held an open-forum to educate all student-athletes…

  12. Fighting Irish Xtra: 10/30/12

    Oct 30, 2012, 3:49 PM EST


    After another strong weekend for Notre Dame athletics, The FIX returns from the Purcell Pavilion, a venue home to four Fighting Irish events this week. Men’s basketball got the fun started last night with an exhibition contest against Quincy, and women’s hoops hits the court on Thursday evening versus Edinboro. Friday will be a busy…

  13. Improving practice, improving performance

    Oct 25, 2012, 11:31 AM EST


    Those of you who have been following the blog know that the new Castellan Family Fencing Facility – located on the site of the former hockey rink in the Joyce Athletic and Convocation Center – was dedicated in a ceremony last Saturday. The fencers are excited about the move into their newer and nicer digs…

  14. Great Gathering Provides Perfect Time for Reflection (ND Fencing Facility; Entry #1)

    Oct 22, 2012, 8:48 PM EST

    The new ND fencing team lounge – located down the hall from the equally-impressive set of locker rooms – is part of the Castellan Family Fencing Center, a fitting tribute to Notre Dame fencers past, present and future (photo courtesy Mike Bennett).

    Hello again Notre Dame fencing fans. Sorry, had hoped to pass along this blog entry earlier but have been dealing with various logistical issues (including maintaining my personal sites, such as … Anyway, one initial goal was to provide a rundown of the great collection of ND fencing alums who were on hand for…

  15. Notre Dame Baseball & Fencing “Special Weekend” Coverage

    Oct 20, 2012, 10:07 AM EST

    ND fencing dedication

    Hello, Notre Dame sports fans. If you are a fan of both ND baseball and fencing, you’re in the right place. Pete LaFleur checking in here from the Joyce Center, moments from the dedication of the impressive new facilities for the Notre Dame fencing program. There also is a weekend-long reunion going on for the…

  16. A Table, Some Tennis, and a Handful of Athletes

    Oct 2, 2012, 12:04 PM EST

    A closer look at the bracket.

    Notre Dame sent a record number of athletes to the 2012 Summer Olympics. None of those athletes were there for table tennis; however, that all may change in the near future. Monday evening marked the First Annual Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) Table Tennis Tournament. (That’s a mouthful.) Athletes from the football, hockey, men’s and women’s…

  17. Google+ Hangout: A Conversation With Jack Swarbrick (2.0)

    Sep 26, 2012, 6:35 PM EST


    In July, University Vice President/Director of Athletics Jack Swarbrick participated in a Google+ Hangout, discussing the state of Fighting Irish Athletics with representatives from several Notre Dame online fan communities. Tonight at 7:00 pm ET, Swarbrick joins Fighting Irish Digital Media for a second Hangout. Due to an unfortunate technical glitch, the host computer disconnected…

  18. A London Finale

    Aug 10, 2012, 10:38 PM EST


    After burning bright for 17 days, the flame was extinguished last night at Olympic Stadium. From Michael and Missy in the pool to Usain and Oscar on the track, it was an unforgettable ride. It’s impossible to put into words all that we have witnessed over the last two-plus weeks of world-class competition. And while…

  19. London Update: August 4 & 5

    Aug 5, 2012, 3:14 PM EST


    Track & field events started on Friday and the 2012 Olympics are entering the home stretch. On Saturday, the Irish earned a pair of medals, the first at the London Games for Notre Dame athletes. August 4 It was a historic day for U.S. Fencing, and it’s thanks in part to a pair of Notre…

  20. London Update: August 2 & 3

    Aug 3, 2012, 7:08 PM EST


    We’re back with another UNDerground update on the Irish in London… August 2 Freshman fencer Lee Kiefer was the only Notre Dame athlete who competed on Thursday. The youngest member of the U.S. fencing squad helped the team finish sixth in the foil competition. She went 3-5-1 in team U.S.A.’s three matches, including a 2-1…

  21. London Update: August 1

    Aug 1, 2012, 4:18 PM EST


    It was a tough start to August for the Irish in London today. Junior Natalie Achonwa scored 14 points and grabbed eight rebounds, but Canada fell to France, 64-60 in Group B play. Visit to watch a replay of the game, which aired this morning at 4:00 am ET. Team Canada returns to the…

  22. London Update: July 31

    Jul 31, 2012, 6:17 PM EST


    Another busy day in London for the Irish (…or should we say LoNDon?). Three former Irish women’s soccer players earned spots in Friday’s quarterfinals as Canada and the United States advanced. Read more about Melissa Tancredi (’04), Candace Chapman (’05) and Shannon Boxx (’99) in today’s update on our soccer blog, Irish United. Junior Natalie…

  23. London Update: July 30

    Jul 30, 2012, 4:36 PM EST


    Across the pond, the Games of the XXX Olympiad are well underway and several former, current and future Irish athletes have been busy on the court, pitch and piste (that’s the fencing mat, by the way). Though the Opening Ceremony was not until Friday, the games actually began last Wednesday, with soccer, where three Notre…

  24. Carrying The Stars and Stripes

    Jul 27, 2012, 11:35 AM EST

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    As you have probably heard by now, former Irish fencer and NCAA champion Mariel Zagunis was chosen to bear the flag and lead Team U.S.A. into Olympic Stadium at today’s Opening Ceremony in London. In 2004, Zagunis became the first American in 100 years to win fencing gold. Four years later in Beijing, she captured…

  25. Zagunis Among The Best Ever

    Jul 5, 2012, 2:24 PM EST

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    When it comes to sports, we have our differences. What’s the best rivalry in sports? Who’s better: Kobe or LeBron? What’s the greatest individual accomplishment in baseball history? The list goes on… But if there’s one thing most of us can agree on, it’s that the Olympic Games are awesome. In the weeks leading up…

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