Notre Dame’s ridiculously successful sports weekend

Did anyone have a better weekend nationally than the Fighting Irish athletic teams?

There are good weekends and then there are great weekends and the Notre Dame athletic department just had a truly great one.  Sure, we’re all aware the football team cruised to a 28-3 primetime victory at Virginia that moved them to 9-1 on the year, but it wasn’t just the football team taking care of business.

Nine different Fighting Irish athletic teams went to battle this weekend and walked out with an array of impressive accomplishments.  Here’s the rundown for you:

Notre Dame fencing wins national championship for 11th time

No, we never cover fencing on this site, but it’s always worth mentioning whenever Notre Dame a national championship in any sport.

No, we never cover fencing on this site, but it’s always worth mentioning whenever Notre Dame a national championship in any sport. The latest came Sunday from the men’s and women’s fencing program, which earned the honor for the 11th time in University Park, Pennsylvania. The title was clinched when the Irish’s Miriam Grady defeated Penn State’s Axelle Wasiak in morning round robin play. The program last won a national title in 2018 in what was the second of a back-to-back.

With the victory, the fencing program has tied the football program for the most national championships won in any sport at Notre Dame. Talk about how no program ever should have caught up with football in this category if you must. Say that this is an indictment of Notre Dame football since its last championship in 1988 if you must. However, that does nothing to lessen this achievement, which is very impressive.

Congratulations to Gia Kvaratskhelia and his staff for getting the most out of a roster with student-athletes from 10 different countries. That they’ve been able to attract so much talent both domestically and abroad is a testament to the program’s success. Here’s to more national championships in the years to come.