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Valentin Staller
Valentin Staller
Year: Senior
Hometown: Old Field, N.Y.
High School: Phillips Exeter Academy (N.H.)
Position: Sabre
Major: English
House Affiliation: Kirkland

Senior (2011-12): 
Team co-captain ... Finished second in the NCAA championships after falling in the final round, 15-11 to Penn States, Aleksander Ochocki ... Earned first team All-American honors ... Named Academic All-Ivy League ... Took eighth at the Garret Open in the saber hosted by Penn State … Placed second at the 2012 Ivy League championships … named first team All-Ivy … Finished sixth in the saber field at the NCAA NortheastRegional event held by Boston College … Named CollegeFencing360 “Primetime Performer” for week four of the season. 

Junior (2010-11):
Team captain ... Garnered All-American honors ... Finished ninth with 13 victories and a +14 scoring index at the NCAA Fencing Championship ... Named second team All-Ivy League ... Winter Academic All-Ivy League ... Tabbed a CollegeFencing360.com Primetime Performer (Jan. 24) ... Earned bronze with a third place finish at the Penn State Garret Open (Nov. 14) ... Went 3-3 at the MIT Eric Sollee Invitational (Feb. 6) ... Owned a 10-5 overall record and finished in a tie for fourth place at the Ivy League Championship (Feb. 12-13) ... Posted an 8-1 mark at the Beanpot (Feb. 16) ... Won silver with a second place showing at the Northeast Regionals (March 13).

Sophomore (2009-10):
Claimed a sixth-place finish in the sabre at the NCAA Championships, earning a spot on the All-America second team ... Won 15 bouts at the NCAA Championships and boasted a +23 indicator rating ... Placed ninth in the sabre at the NCAA Northeast Regionals ... First-team All-Ivy League … Posted a 13-2 record at the Ivy League Championships ... Won the silver medal at the Garret Penn State Open.

Freshman (2008-09):
Placed 15th at NCAA Championships, winning nine matches ... Claimed the silver medal at the NCAA Regionals ... Tabbed on the All-Ivy League first team ... Took ninth in sabre at Garret Penn State Open ... Won all three matches against Sacred Heart ... Had an 11-1 record at the Vassar duals ... Posted a 4-2 mark at St. John's Invitational against Ohio State and St. John's ... Went 10-2 in the sabre at the Ivy League Championships, Part I ... Was 5-1 at the second half of the Ivy League Championships ... Finished seventh at IFA Championships.

International:
Placed third in sabre at 2008 North American Cup ... Competed in Junior Olympics in February 2009.

Background:
Placed third at 2007 and 2008 Division IA Summer Nationals in sabre ... Was also third at 2008 Under-20 Junior Olympics ...Finished sixth at 2007 Under-19 Summer Nationals ... Competed in Junior World Cups in Poland, Germany and Spain.

Personal:
Mother, Marisela Hernandez Staller, graduated from Harvard School of Education in 1981 ... Father, Cary Staller, attended Harvard Law School and graduated in 1980; was also a member of the sailing team as an undergraduate at Penn... Brother, Max Staller, is currently a PhD candidate in systems biology at Harvard Graduated School of Arts and Sciences ... Enjoys cinema and playing the ukulele.