Pair of Aquinas fencers stay sharp in class

Tuesday, July 2, 2019 | 5:12 PM

For their skills in their sport and their commitment in the classroom, Aquinas Academy fencers Harry Hardman and Steven Giacobbe have both been distinguished as members of the 2019 USA Fencing All-Academic Teams.

Hardman, a recent graduate, was named to the All-Academic first team, which requires a 3.85 GPA or higher in order to be selected. This is Hardman’s third straight year being named to one of USA Fencing’s All-Academic teams, a feat he said ranks up there with any other accolade he has accrued during his high school career.

“It’s definitely among the highest for me, academically-speaking, that I’ve achieved,” Hardman said.

“I’ve been honor roll consistently throughout high school, and I’ve received a few other academic awards but the all-academic team is definitely among the very highest honors. I’m very proud of it. I’m happy to see that my hard work outside of fencing has paid off and that my studies are in good standing.”

Hardman was a prolific fencer for Aquinas Academy, amassing a bout record of 82-13.

He will attend Cleveland State in the fall, and will compete on the school’s fencing team.

Meanwhile, Giacobbe has clearly acclimated himself to the rigors of high school life. In addition to participating on the fencing team, he assumed one of the lead roles in his school’s production of Pride and Prejudice, all while performing well enough in the classroom to be named to the USA Fencing All-Academic second team.

“With fencing, it was just a great surprise and honor to make the varsity team during my freshman year, that was a big achievement with me. With school, I’m proud of the GPA that I worked for and I was able to accomplish things that I wanted to accomplish,” Giacobbe said.

“I was excited to be named to the all-academic team. It’s one of those things where you are hoping to get it in advance but I was surprised and excited that I made the second team. Finding that out was just awesome.”

Giacobbe will return to Aquinas Academy next year for his sophomore season. John Carroll, the coach for the school’s fencing team, said he expects Giacobbe to assume an important role on next year’s team.