For the eighth time in school history, the Notre Dame Fencing team earned an NCAA national championship. Earlier today, the Irish held off nearest competitor Penn State by six points to earn the 2011 men's and women combined title, which is their third under head coach Janusz Bednarski. Fond memories will surely be reminisced by Bednarski in the coming days, as his first title at the helm of the Irish came in 2003, when his squad also held off Penn State.
Congratulations are also in store for Courtney Hurley and Ariel DeSmet for earning individual gold medals in their respective weapons. Hurley, a junior, earned her first NCAA gold medal in women's epee while DeSmet, a freshman, won his first NCAA gold medal in men's foil.
This marks the school's second national championship of the 2010-2011 academic school year. Earlier this fall, the women's soccer team won their third national title in program history.