Notre Dame Fencers Ariel DeSmet and Lee Kiefer Named ACC Men's and Women's Fencing Scholar-Athletes of the Year
27 Irish Student-Athletes were named to winter Olympic sports ACC All-Academic Teams.
Notre Dame won all three of its team matches Sunday to improve to 20-1 this season
Notre Dame women post unblemished mark, men 5-1 in dual play
Notre Dame caps successful first weekend in New York City
Two Notre Dame fencers take silver at 41st annual competition
HONORS AND AWARDS
NCAA 11th-Place Finisher (2012)
Honorable Mention All-American (2012)
MFC Epee Seventh Place Finisher (2013)
Second-Team All-MFC (2013)
AS A SOPHOMORE: Finished seventh at the Midwest Fencing Conference (MFC) Championships and earned Second-Team All-MFC Accolades ... finished the season 48-8, the third-best record amongst women epeeists for the year ... at the St. John's Invitational, posted a 4-2 mark ... defeated Penn State's Anne Stephenson 5-2 to start the day ... lost to Felicia Sun of Harvard 5-3 but regrouped and bested Zsofia Fath (St. John's), 5-1 ... finished the day with a 2-1 record against Columbia, including a close 5-4 win over Emma Peterson ... next day at the NYU Invite notched a near-perfect 8-1 record, with the sole loss coming against Lydia Kopecky of Columbia ... logged a 19-3 mark at the Northwestern Duals, second only to Irish teammate Ashley Severson with a 22-2 log ... was undefeated against Farleigh Dickinson, Cal Tech, Princeton, Stanford and Ohio State ... narrowly escaped with a one-touch victory over Knights foe Tanya Rivera ... against North Carolina was out-dueled by Alexandra Mead, 5-2, but bested her Tar Heel comrades 5-4 ... won over Kacie Albert with overtime priority ... against UC San Diego logged matching 5-1 scores in her first two bouts before stumbling against Andrea Gory, 5-4 ... defeated 2012 Olympian and eventual NCAA Runner-Up Susannah Scanlan 5-3 ... lost by overtime priority against Jill Bratton of Temple ... bested NCAA finalists Vivian Kong and Francesca Bassa of Stanford with a duet of 5-4 scores ... finished the day undefeated against Ohio State, serving up 5-2 wins over Katarzyna Dabrowa and Tasha Domashovetz before winning in overtime with a 3-2 score against Caroline Piasecka ... was 7-2 at the Duke Duals ... bested Penn State's trio of epeeists with ease, notably blanking Rebecca Stanley 5-0 ... lost in overtime to priority against Duke's Sarah Collins ... settled herself and finished the dual 3-0 against North Carolina ... returning to Notre Dame, was undefeated at the Notre Dame Duals, logging a 10-0 mark ... five of the 10 wins were by scores of 5-1, and against Air Force's Angelica Phillips, won 5-0 ... lost to Irish teammate Ewa Nelip 12-6 to claim seventh place at the MFC championships.
AS A FRESHMAN: Finished 11th at the NCAA Championships in the epee ... earned a monogram ... participated in four regular season dual events, posting a 39-26 bout record ... defeated Emma Vaggo (placed seventh at the NCAA Championships) from No. 7 Harvard at the St. John's Duals ... tied for the most bouts wins for the epee squad at the NYU Duals with a 12-6 record ... swept members of host NYU (3-0), surrendering just three touches to Violet fencers ... perfect mark against Yale competitors (3-0) at the NYU Duals, carding clean sheets in two bouts ... gathered a 15-1 record at the Notre Dame Duals ... took down Kate Cavanaugh (tied for third at the NCAA Championships) from No. 8 Northwestern in a 3-0 bout run over the Wildcats at the home duals ... defeated six opponents by four or more touches at the home meet ... finished 8-8 at the Northwestern Duals ... went 3-0 against No. 1 Princeton at the Northwestern Duals.
PREP & PERSONAL: Attended Palo Verde High School in Las Vegas, Nev., where she was a three-sport athlete in basketball, track and cross country in addition to fencing ... trained with the Fencing Academy of Nevada under legendary Notre Dame head coach Yves Auriol ... member of the Las Vegas Elite AAU basketball team ... earned four varsity letters in both basketball and track, while claiming one in cross country ... named a United States Fencing Association (USFA) First Team Academic All-American in both 2010 and 2011, while also being chosen as the Las Vegas Athletic Club Female Athlete of the Year and Palo Verde High Student Athlete of the Year in '11 ... named an NIAA top-ten athlete of Nevada in '11 ... set Palo Verde records in both triple jump and long jump, while qualifying as state finalist in those events from '09-11 ... on the fencing circuit, finished 29th at the Tournoi Carl Schwende in Montreal, Canada to earn four points toward national junior ranking ... also placed 100th at the Vigor Challenge in Goteborg, an event she finished 35th at the previous year to earn two points toward junior ranking ... biggest athletic thrill to-date is arriving home from fencing tournament in Germany and going straight to a basketball game that her team won in double overtime ... former fencer Kimberlee Montoya ('09) graduated from same high school ... member of the National Honor Society, Pep Club and Speech and Debate teams ... recipient of the UNLV Future Scholar Award and the Air Force ROTC Academic and Leadership Award ... born in Los Angeles, Calif. ... daughter of Sean and Cynthia Ameli ... older brother, Kian, fenced for Stanford ... enrolled in the College of Arts and Letters.