Some 20 years ago, Christopher Hajnik was known as a champion fencer. Now, the Carlsbad man is known as Dr. Hajnik, an orthopedic surgeon at Scripps Medical Center in Encinitas.
Hajnik — who graduated from Notre Dame University with a bachelor of science degree in 1995 before pursuing his master's degree in biology from the school — first took up fencing as a club sport in his freshman year at the university before joining the team his sophomore year.
His father, who also went to Notre Dame, also competed on the fencing team during his time at the college.
"When I started at Notre Dame, one of my goals was to get a letterman's jacket," said Hajnik. "I...