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     Lee Kiefer  
    Lee

    Class:
    Junior

    Hometown:
    Versailles, KY

    High School:
    Paul Laurence Dunbar

    Height:
    5-4

    Position:
    Foil


    07/03/2014

    Notre Dame Athletics Enjoys Best-Ever Across-the-Board Success

    Fighting Irish programs raise bar to highest level in 127-year history of Notre Dame athletics.

    06/05/2014

    Gerek Meinhardt: A Transformative Athlete for the Ages

    Notre Dame's two-time NCAA foil champion and two-time Olympian has left a profound impact on American fencing, at three fundamental levels.

    04/30/2014

    Notre Dame Student-Athletes Honored At Annual End Of Year Gala

    13th Annual O.S.C.A.R.S. ceremony celebrates achievements during 2013-14 school year

    06/21/2013

    Notre Dame Fencing Well Represented At Pan American Championships

    Kiefer, Meinhardt, Hurley and Zagunis all earn gold medals at international event

    04/15/2013

    Kiefer Earns Pair Of Medals At Women's Foil Junior World Championships

    Reigning NCAA foil champion takes individual bronze, helps U.S. team to silver finish

    07/28/2012

    Lee Kiefer London Olympics Gallery (AP)

    Images of the incoming Notre Dame freshman fencer competing in the 2012 Olympics.

    07/13/2012

    Notre Dame Olympic Photo Gallery

    Images of athletes with Notre Dame connections who have competed in the Olympics.

    HONORS AND AWARDS

    Junior World Championships Silver Medalist (2011)

    Cadet World Championships Silver Medalist (2011)

    North American Cup Gold Medalist (2012)

    2012 Olympic Games Participant (United States)

    Women's Team Foil Sixth-Place Finisher (2012 Olympics)

    NCAA Foil Champion (2013)

    First Team All-American (2013)

    INTERNATIONAL RESULTS: Finished in ninth place at the Gdansk Grand Prix in February of 2013 ... went on to improve to seventh place at the St. Petersburg World Cup the following week ... finished in sixth place at the Marseill Grand Prix event, before cracking the top three in individual competition at the Junior World Championships ... was a member of the second-place silver medal women's foil team at the Junior World Championships ... claimed both the team and individual gold medal at the Pan American Championships ... was ranked in 2013 as the top women's foilist in the United States in both the Junior and Senior division, while checking in as the No. 4 foilist in the world on the Senior level entering the 2012 Olympic Games ... reached the quarterfinal round of the women's individual foil and was a member of the sixth-place U.S. Women's team foil squad at the 2012 Olympics ... earned first career Olympic Team spot after winning gold at the January 2012 North American Cup in both the Junior and Division I pools ... also earned top-10 finishes at both the Budapest World Cup (eighth, team) and Torino World Cup (10th) ... became youngest member of the 2009 Senior World Team at just 15-years-old and then won bronze at the Senior World Championships in October 2011 ... became only athlete in the world to earn individual podium finishes at the Senior, Junior and Cadet World Championships in 2011 after she won silver medals at both the Junior and Cadet Worlds in April of that year ... ranked as the top women's foilist in the United States in both the Junior and Senior division, while checking in as the No. 4 foilist in the world on the Senior level entering the 2012 Olympic Games ... reached the quarterfinal round of the women's individual foil and was a member of the sixth-place U.S. Women's team foil squad at the 2012 Olympics ... earned first career Olympic Team spot after winning gold at the January 2012 North American Cup in both the Junior and Division I pools ... also earned top-10 finishes at both the Budapest World Cup (eighth, team) and Torino World Cup (10th) ... became youngest member of the 2009 Senior World Team at just 15-years-old and then won bronze at the Senior World Championships in October 2011 ... became only athlete in the world to earn individual podium finishes at the Senior, Junior and Cadet World Championships in 2011 after she won silver medals at both the Junior and Cadet Worlds in April of that year.

    AS A FRESHMAN: Was crowned the 2013 NCAA Women's Foil Champion, earning First Team All-American accolades in her first season with the Irish ... was one of the most successful foilists with a 32-6 mark ... posted matching 9-3 records at the St. John's and NYU Invitationals ... was undefeated at Duke and Notre Dame Duals ... started career with the Irish by winning two bouts, 5-2, against Ohio State ... narrowly won third bout 5-4 against Mona Shaito ... was 2-1 against Penn State, blanking Alina Antokhina 5-0 ... narrowly lost to defending NCAA Champion Evgeniya Kirpicheva of St. John's 5-4 ... finished the day with a 5-2 win over Columbia's Nzingha Prescod ... against Yale, posted a set of 5-2 wins and a 5-0 routing of Jin Ay Yap ... struggled against Columbia but regrouped and blanked Northwestern 3-0 ... facing off for the second time in as many days, lost 5-3 to Kirpicheva at the Coles Sports Center ... In Durham only allowed her opponents five touches in total throughout the day ... won a duet of matches against North Carolina 5-0 to finish the trip ... at the Notre Dame Duals earned several lopsided wins over MFC opponents ... at NCAA Midwest Regional finished 18-1 with a +65 indicator, good for first place, losing only to familiar Buckeye foe Mona Shaito 5-3 ... in San Antonio, finished first day of competition 14-1, losing only to older sister Alexandria of Harvard, 5-4 ... the loss, her second bout of the day, was the only one across two days of round-robin play ... advancing into the semifinals, bested Mona Shaito 15-5 to move into the finals ... squaring off against Jackie Dubrovich of Columbia, quickly went up in score and never looked back, decisively winning the title with a score of 15-8.

    PREP & PERSONAL: Graduated from Paul Laurence Dunbar High School ... was a member of the French Honors Society and the Beta Club ... named an AP Scholar with Distinction ... daughter of Steven and Teresa Kiefer ... has one sister, Alex, and one brother, Axel ... father, Steven, was a team captain for the men's fencing team at Duke University ... sister, Alex, currently fences at Harvard University ... enorolled in the College of Arts & Letters, double-majoring in science and pre-professional studies.

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