At a glance: Three-time All-American, including first-team honors as a freshman ... led one of the country’s most formidable women’s sabre trios in 2006-07, along with teammates Eileen Grench and Syvenna Siebert ... born and raised in Germany but is an Irish citizen and fences for the Irish National Team ... is ranked No. 1 in the senior Irish national rankings ... finished 15th at the 2007 University Games in Bangkok, Thailand ... placed 29th (out of 90) at the 2006 World Championships in Turin, Italy ... placed seventh for Ireland in August 2005 at the Summer University World Games in Izmir, Turkey ... placed 27th (out of 83) at the 2004 Senior World Championships in Germany.
2006-07 Junior Season: Helped lead Ohio State to a Midwest Conference title by winning saber ... placed ninth at the NCAA championships after finishing in first place at the Midwest Regional Qualifier ... third-team All-American ... went undefeated at both the New York University Duals and the Ohio State Duals ... compiled a team-best 51-3 regular season mark, with all losses coming to nationally ranked fencers ... defeated both eventual national champion Daria Schneider 5-3 and third place Emily Jacobson 5-4, both of Columbia, at the NYU Duals ... posted a perfect 22-0 mark against club opponents.
2005-06 Sophomore Season: Placed seventh at the NCAA championships, giving her second-team All-American honors ... finished first in the conference and placed second at the Midwest Regional Qualifier ... posted a 39-14 overall record and was 25-12 against varsity opponents ... Academic All-Big Ten.
2004-05 Freshman Season: Placed third at the NCAA championships to earn first-team All-America honors ... also placed third at the NCAA Midwest Regional Qualifier ... placed ninth at the NAC Div. I championships in December ... fenced in nine regular season matches, all against varsity opponents, and posted a 19-6 record ... OSU Scholar-Athlete.
Freihof/TSG Eislingen: Byrne won the bronze medal at the European Junior Championships ... twice won the silver medal at the Junior World Cup ... helped lead the TSG Eislingen team to the German title during both her junior and senior years ... placed eighth at the Senior World Cup in Boston ... was the 2003 Junior Sports Star of the Year in Ireland.
Personal: Daughter of John and Gillian Byrne ... has an older brother, Jason, and a younger sister, Keira ... away from fencing she enjoys shopping and hanging out with friends ... lists greatest sports thrill as winning the bronze medal at the European Championships and the German Junior National Championships.