Notre Dame Athletics | February 25, 2019
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. — For the first time in program history, the University of Notre Dame fencing program swept all available Atlantic Coast Conference titles, as the top-ranked Irish men won individual championships in sabre, epee and foil, and the Irish women snagged their fourth ACC team championship in five seasons Sunday at Conte Forum at Boston College.
It was the first time the Irish men and women combined for all six individual weapons titles, having previously won no more than five in a season. The men completed the sweep as freshman Malcolm Fields (sabre), senior Dylan French (epee) and sophomore Nick Itkin (foil) each topped their respective fields Sunday.
The Irish women went 3-0 on the day, defeating Boston College, North Carolina and No. 6 Duke in the round robin-style tournament.
Following the conclusion of the tournament, the ACC recognized sophomore foilist and freshman sabreuse Kara Linder as the tournament's Most Valuable Fencers, marking the first time the Irish boast both men's and women's MVPs since 2017.
The Irish men sent seven individuals to direct elimination after the morning's pool competition, including the top seed in all three weapons. Freshman Malcolm Fields earned the top slot in sabre, sophomore Nick Itkin led the field in foil and senior Dylan French came out on top in epee. Joining them were freshman Alessandro Contreras in sabre, freshman Andrew Machovec and senior Axel Kiefer in foil, and senior Dylan French in epee.
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