Chris O’Loughlin, C’89, established himself as one of the premier fencers in Penn history with a bevy of championships and honors to his credit. As a freshman in 1986, O’Loughlin dominated collegiate fencing by capturing an individual NCAA national championship in epee.


A four-time All-America and All-Ivy selection, O’Loughlin captained the Red and Blue during his junior and senior seasons. In addition to his NCAA title as a freshman, he won the Intercollegiate Fencing Association’s (IFA) Eastern Championship that year. He competed in the World University Games four times, as well.


After his Penn career, O’Loughlin became an accomplished international fencer. He was a member of the U.S. Olympic Team at the 1992 Games in Barcelona, and was first alternate for the 1996 Games in Atlanta. He has been, and continues to be, a member of the national team, and has competed multiple times in the World Championships and the Junior World Championships. O’Loughlin was a member of the bronze medal-winning team at the 1991 Pan-American Games, and he won silver in epee at the 1989 Maccabiah Games.


O’Loughlin continues to be active in the world of fencing. He was the individual national champion in 2000, and a member of the six-time national champion New York Athletic Club team. Since 1997, he has been the men’s epee representative to the United States Fencing Association, and has been the NYAC Fencing Committee chairman since 2002. Most recently, O’Loughlin served as a committee member for the New York City 2012 Olympics bid.


O’Loughlin is married to Colleen Clinton; they live in New York City.