Marc-Antoine Blais Belanger is no stranger to success for the Ohio State fencing team. He is accomplished in both the classroom and on the strips. Marc is a four time All-American as well as a four time NCAA qualifier. Marc finished runner-up in the 2016 NCAA Fencing Championships, and secured the NCAA Men’s Epee Championship title in 2018. He has also taken his skills internationally, earning 10th at the World Championships in 2018. He served as team captain for three consecutive years on the team. Marc was a scholar-athlete all four years at Ohio State, graduating with Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering. He made Dean’s List seven times while at Ohio State and earned the Outstanding Freshman Award for Mechanical Engineering in 2015.
What was been the most rewarding experience or opportunity during your time as a Buckeye student-athlete?
I had the opportunity to train with incredible teammates during my time at Ohio State. I was able to grow alongside them during our university experience, which was extremely rewarding. Having their support and cheers during the 2018 NCAA Championships was instrumental in winning the National Championship in my last year, and I can’t be more thankful for them.
What makes you a good candidate for this award? Is there anyone, in particular, you would like to thank for helping you during your time at Ohio State?
I believe I am a good candidate since I was able to leave my mark both in the classroom and on the field. Mechanical Engineering is already a difficult program and adding 20 hours a week of training is a whole other challenge. I earned All-American team all four years I competed, captained my team for my last three years, and brought home the NCAA title in my final year. Simultaneously, I have been a scholar-athlete all four years and made the Dean’s List seven times.
I would like to thank my teammates and coaches for supporting me throughout my time at OSU. They have provided me with everything I needed to set me up for success.
In your opinion what does it mean to be a student-athlete, especially at a university like Ohio State?
Coming from Canada, I wasn’t very familiar with OSU. However, from the moment I first visited, I felt the pride and spirit the school stands for. Following in the footsteps of the athletes that compete for OSU in every sport is an immense and humbling honor, and one I will be grateful for long after I graduate.
What are your post-college plans? After graduation, how do you plan to take what you have learned as a student-athlete into the business world/professional athletic endeavors?
After graduating, I am heading back to Montreal to work for an engineering consulting firm while training to hopefully qualify for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. Qualifying for Tokyo 2020 will be a year-long process with a lot of travel, and I believe the time management skills, drive, and focus you develop as a student athlete will be critical for me in the future.