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Notre Dame assistant fencing coach gets an impressive opportunity

NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- The University of Notre Dame fencing assistant coach Aleks Ochocki was named co-captain of the United States National Cadet and Junior World Championship teams on Sunday.

Ochocki will join competition that begins in Verona, Italy late Sunday afternoon.

The fighting Irish also have two current student-athletes participating at the championships.

Freshman epeeist Stephen Ewart and Freshman foilist and reigning NCAA Champion Nick Itkin will compete in Verona alongside their coach.

Ewart recorded a 25-26 dual record season for the Irish while Itkin went 37-11 during the season before posting an 18-4 record en route to his NCAA Title.

Aleks Ochocki joined the Irish March of 2017 after assisting at Stevens Institute of Technology in Heboken, New Jersey for five years. Before SIT Ochocki was head coach at Linden, New Jersey's Polish American Fencing School.

Under Ochocki six sabre All-Americans have been developed as well as two tremendous title runs in 2017 and 2018 at Notre Dame which Ochocki has been instrumental in.

Before coaching, Ochocki served as a member of the U.S. Senior National Team. He was a five-time U.S. National Champion, Pan American Champion, 15-time North American Cup Champion, and four-time Junior Olympic Champion.

Ochocki's career was cut short due to several knee surgeries, but he finished ranked #24 in the world.

As a 2012 graduate and NCAA Individual Sabre Championship titleist, he has represented multiple institutions over many years.

Ochocki will be in Verona with the team from April 1 to April 9 competing with his new team.

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