Keifer is currently ranked No. 1 among U.S. fencers (women’s foil, as of August 25, 2016) and headed to Rio ranked third in the world. With a wealth of international experience, she became just the second U.S. women’s foil fencer to earn a medal at the Senior World Championships when she captured the bronze in 2011. In 2015, she became the first athlete to win seven consecutive individual titles at the Pan American Championships.
In three seasons at Notre Dame, Kiefer has posted back-to-back-to-back NCAA Championships (2013-15) and earned first team All-American honors in each of those three seasons. As a junior (2015), she was named ACC Women's Fencing Scholar-Athlete of the Year, ACC Women's Foilist of the Year and was honored as a First Team Capital One Academic All-American.
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HONORS AND AWARDS
- Junior World Championships Silver Medalist (2011)
- Cadet World Championships Silver Medalist (2011)
- North American Cup Gold Medalist (2012)
- 2012, 2016 Olympic Games Participant (United States)
- Women's Team Foil Sixth-Place Finisher (2012 Olympics)
- First Team Capital One Academic All-American (2015)
- ACC Women's Fencing Scholar-Athlete of the Year (2015)
- ACC Women's Foilist of the Year (2015)
- ACC Women's Foil Champion (2015)
- ACC Women's Team Champion (2015)
- Midwest Fencing Conference Champion (2013, 2014)
- First Team All-MFC (2013, 2014)
- NCAA Foil Champion (2013, 2014, 2015)
- First Team All-American (2013, 2014, 2015)
- Pan American Championships Senior Women's Foil Gold Medalist (2009-16)
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.
2015-16: Did not compete on the collegiate level while training for the 2016 Rio Olympics.
AS A JUNIOR: Won NCAA Women's Foil title for third consecutive year and had a monstrous season, winning 51 bouts, merely dropping six ... was a crucial player in helping the women's team capture the first ever ACC Women's Team Championship trophy, also became the first ACC Women's Foil Champion ... named ACC Women's Fencing Scholar-Athlete of the Year, ACC Women's Foilist of the Year, and was honored as a First Team Capital One Academic All-American ... went 11-4 at the Ohio State Elite Cup, 11-1 at St. John's, 11-2 at NYU and 9-0 at Northwestern ... in Columbus, earned two losses to Pennsylvania but blanked Cassidy Seidl 5-0 ... beat all three North Carolina foes (Gabrielle D'Astoli 5-2, Amanda Lalezarian 5-0, Wynton Wong 5-1) ... lost 5-3 to Sharon Gao of Princeton, but beat her Tigers teammates Ashley Tsue 5-2 and Ambika Singh 5-3 ... blanked Kane Gladnick and D. Ortega-Ferguson of Penn State, beating Clarisse Luminet 5-1 ... finished 1-1 against host Ohio State, losing 5-3 to Alanna Goldie and winning 5-3 versus Mai Shaito ... at St. John's, lost first bout 5-4 to Ohio State's Eleanor Harvey, but went on to win every other bout throughout the day ... at NYU, beat Yale's Meghan Murphy 5-1 and Rae Na Lee 5-0 ... out-dueled Sara Taffell of Columbia 5-2, but suffered two losses to her teammates Nzingha Prescod (5-3) and Margaret Lu (5-4) ... beat all three Northwestern foes, Jennifer Yamin (5-0), Kalia Budofsky (5-1) and Stephanie Chan (5-4) ... out-dueled St. John's Irene Spezzamonte (5-0), Jackie Mazzone (5-0( and Marta Hausman (5-0) then finished the day with wins against Audra Fox (5-1) and Yasmeen Omer (5-0) of NYU ... at Northwestern, went undefeated against Princeton (Singh, 5-1, Gao 5-1, Tsue 5-0), Pennsylvania (Wang 5-0, Seidle 5-2, Parmacek 5-0) and Northwestern (Chan 5-1 and Yamin, 5-1) in addition to beating Becca Stanford of Temple 5-4 ... at ACC Championship, posted perfect 15-0 record in pool play to advance into semfinals of women's foil competition ... beat teammates Sarah Followill 15-5 in the semis, and Nicole McKee 15-4 in the title bout ... earned the No. 1 automatic qualifying seed at NCAA Midwest Regional with a perfect 16-0 record ... at NCAA Championship, finished pool play with 21-2 record and earned No. 1 seed, losing only to Goldie (Ohio State) 5-1 and Luminet (Penn State) 5-3 ... beat Hausman (St. John's) 15-7 in semifinal bout and faced Lu (Columbia) in the title bout, winning 15-13 ... earned a monogram.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Repeated as NCAA Women's Foil Champion and earned First Team All-American honors in the process ... competed sparingly with the Irish, balancing international competitions with NCAA events ... earned 9-2 record at the NYU invitational and followed with 10-1 mark the next day at St. John's, earning a 19-3 record for the year ... at NYU, beat Yale's Jin Ai Yap (5-0), Lauren Miller (5-2) and Megan Murphy (5-1) ... earned two wins against Columbia's Margaret Lu (5-4) and Jackie Dubrovich (5-2), narrowly losing to Nzingha Prescod 4-3 ... out-touched Jennifer Yamin of Northwestern, 5-3 ... bested Melissa Corona (5-0), Irene Spezzamonte (5-4) and Marta Hausman (5-3) of St. John's ... won 5-2 against Tiffany Liu of NYU ... finished the day with two wins against Ohio State (Mona Shaito 5-2, Eleanor Harvey 2-1) and lost, 5-3, to Alanna Goldie ... at St. John's, beat Harvey (5-1) Goldie (5-2) and Shaito (5-1) to start out strong in the Taffner Field House ... earned two victories against Kane Gladnick (5-4) and Alina Antokhina (5-4) of Penn State ... bested Harvard's Liana Yamin and Hali Nelson 5-1 ... again beat Corona (St. John's) 5-3 ... lone loss of the tournament came versus Prescod, who beat her 5-4 ... finished the tournament with a pair of 5-3 wins against Prescod's teammates Lu and Dubrovich ... fenced in the team's final Midwest Fencing Conference Championship, winning women's foil title and helping the women's team finish second ... at NCAA Midwest Regional, earned the No. 1 seed and won the women's foil bracket, beating teammate Madison Zeiss 15-7 in the semifinal and out-dueling Mona Shaito of Ohio State 15-9 in the final bout ... at NCAA Championship, finished pool play with 19-4 record and earned the No. 1 seed .. in the semifinals beat Ohio State's Goldie 15-11 and squared off with Zeiss in the title bout ... beat Zeiss 13-10 to claim second title ... earned a monogram.
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, fenced at Harvard University, while brother, Axel, completed his rookie season at Notre Dame in 2015-16 as a first-team All-American and ACC Men's Foilist of the Year ... enrolled in the college of science, majoring in science pre-professional studies.
Kiefer's Career Record