Irish Celebrate 2017 NCAA Championship Season At Annual Banquet

Fencing program bestows team awards at year-end celebration


Notre Dame Captures Ninth NCAA Fencing Championship

Kiefer enjoys a historic day, earning fourth individual title and clinching team championship.


Irish Increase Lead At NCAA Championship

Notre Dame will enter the final day of competition in strong title contention.


Irish Remain On Top Of NCAA Championship Leaderboard

Notre Dame earns five All-America honors as the men's competition wraps up.


Irish Surge Into First Place On Day One At NCAA Championship

Notre Dame leads the team point today after day one in Indianapolis.


NCAA Fencing Championships - Day 2

NCAA Fencing Championships - Day 2


NCAA Fencing Championships Day 1

NCAA Fencing Championships Day 1


ACC Fencing Championships

Day Two of the ACC Fencing Championships


ACC Fencing Championships

ACC Fencing Championships - Day 1


ACC Fencing Championships Day 1

Photos from Day 1 of the 2016 ACC Fencing Championships, hosted by Notre Dame at the Castellan Family Fencing Center

  • 2016 NCAA Championship qualifier
  • 2014 NCAA Foil 10th-Place Finisher 
  • 2014 Honorable Mention All-American 
  • 2015, 2016 ACC Men's Team Champion 
  • 2016 ACC Championship Men’s Foil Runner-Up
  • 2016 All-ACC
  • 2016 Team Captain

AS A JUNIOR: Went 43-17 during the regular season, culminating in an NCAA Championship-qualifying performance at the NCAA Midwest Regional … claimed second-place honors at the ACC Championships, falling to teammate Axel Kiefer 15-7 in the championship bout … went 7-1 during team competition to help the Irish to their second straight ACC Championship … posted a 7-4 record in pool play at the NCAA Midwest Regional, finishing fifth overall … one of three Irish men’s foilists to qualify for the NCAA Championships, but did not compete due to qualifier limits (two per weapon, per team) … went 6-6 to open the season at the Penn Elite Invitational … claimed the men’s foil title at the Penn State Open, defeating teammate Virgile Collineau 15-2 in the championship bout ... went 3-1 at the DeCicco Duals … posted a 17-5 mark at the Northwestern Duals … wrapped the regular season with an 11-4 mark at the Duke Duals … served as team captain … earned a monogram.

Began the year 5-5 at St. John's invitational, improving to 7-1 the following day in NYU Invitational ... logged 8-2 mark at Northwestern Duals before competing in ACC Championship ... at St. John's, out-dueled Ohio State's Chris Colley 5-1 and lost to Max Chastenet, 5-1 ... went down against Penn State's Nobuo Bravo, 5-3 ... won over Harvard's Jerry Chang, 5-3, but earned a pair of 5-3 losses to his Crimson teammates ... won three strait bouts against Columbia to finish the tournament ... the next day, beat Yale's Jacob Stein 5-1 and bested Columbia's Drew Johnsston (5-4), Harry Bergman (5-2) and James Sands (5-2) ... lost to Michele Caporizzi of St. John's, 5-1, his sole loss of the tournament ... beat NYU's Daniel Sconzo 5-4, Philip Shin 5-1 and Weija Chen, 5-2 ... at Northwestern, bested Princeton's Thomas Dudey 5-1 and Robert Daniluk, 5-0, losing to Rodney Chen 5-2 ... out-touched Pennsylvania's Harry McGuire 5-2, Denes Marton 5-1, and Jason Chang 5-1 ... bested Stanford's Justin Lee 5-3 and lost to Alex Massialas, 5-2 ... finished the tournament with a 5-3 win over UC San Diego's David Hadler ... competed in the team competition only at the ACC Championships, helping team win the title ... finished the year 25-9 and earned a monogram.

AS A FRESHMAN: Chosen as a freshman to compete at NCAA Championship and earned third-team All-America accolades with 10th-place finish ... tied with teammate Gerek Meinhardt for most foil team victories on the season with 29 ... posted 29-12 regular-season record ... won first two career bouts against Brian Wang (5-2) and Jacob Stein (5-0) of Yale at the NYU Invitational ... won final four bouts of the event to finish with a 7-3 tournament record ... began the St. John's Invitational by besting Sam Hardwicke-Brown of Ohio State 5-0 before faltering against the Buckeyes' Zain Shaito (5-1) and Chris Colley (5-2) ... recovered to defeat Penn State's Nobuo Bravo 5-3 on the same day ... finished St. John's tournament with 8-3 record ... etched 12-4 record at the Northwestern Duals, winning his final three bouts against Jeffrey Chan (5-1) and Mitchell Shulman (5-1) of UC-San Diego and Cal Tech's Jon Schor (5-0) ... ended regular season with a 2-2 record at the DeCicco Duals, including a 5-1 victory over Hans Kaiser (Wayne State) and blanked Cole Goike (Detroit) 5-0 ... at NCAA Midwest Regional, advanced into the direct elimination bouts with the No. 5 seed ... bested Quentin Schneider (Wayne State) in round of eight before upsetting Irish teammate Ariel DeSmet in the semi-finals 15-14 ... squared off with Meinhardt in finals and lost 15-1 to the two-time Olympian ... at NCAAs, finished first day with 8-7 mark ... improved to 13-10 by end of second day of pool play, good for 10th place ... earned a monogram.

PREP & PERSONAL: Graduated from Hills Road Sixth Form College in July of 2012 ... in addition to competing with Newham Swords Club, participated on rugby and rowing teams at Hills Sixth Form ... with Newham, twice won the England Youth Championships ... won National Championships once in U-17 age group and twice in U-20 age group ... crowned United Kingdom School Games Champion in 2011 ... biggest athletic thrill to date remains medaling at the U20 European Championships ... oldest child of John and Viia Archer ... has two brothers, Ciaran and Mihkel ... currently enrolled in Mendoza College of Business, majoring in finance.

Archer's Career Record

Year W L Pct. NCAA Finish
2013-14 29 12 .707 10th
2014-15 25 9 .735 --
2015-16 43 17 .717 --
Career 97 38 .719 10th

Kristjan Archer
Kristjan  Archer


Cambridge, United Kingdom

High School:
Hills Road Sixth Form College



Club Team:
Newham Swords

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