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Irish Olympians Register Top Finishes In International Competition

Senior Courtney Hurley placed seventh at the Leipzig Epee World Cup Feb. 9

March 6, 2013

NOTRE DAME, Ind. - Three University of Notre Dame fencers who competed for the United States at the 2012 Olympic Games in London posted a number of strong finishes during international events in the past month, in advance of the NCAA Championships Feb. 21-24 in San Antonio, Texas.

Freshman Lee Kiefer placed seventh at the St. Petersburg Foil World Cup March 2 in Russia. Kiefer, the fourth overall seed in the table of 64, won her first three bouts of the competition, including a 15-9 win over six-time Senior World medalist Aida Mohamed of Hungary (table of 16). Kiefer battled valiantly before falling to eventual gold medalist Inna Deriglazova of Russia, 15-13, in the quarterfinal round.

Senior Gerek Meinhardt earned a silver medal in the team foil and a bronze medal in the individual foil divisions Feb. 24 at the La Coruna World Cup in Spain. The U.S. Men's Foil Team moved into the number two position in the world rankings, the highest ranking in team history. The U.S. squad logged victories over Hungary (45-40), France (45-41) and Germany (45-32) to clinch the runner-up finish. Meinhardt added a seventh-place finish of his own at the St. Petersburg World Cup March 2.

Senior Courtney Hurley, a 2012 Olympic bronze medalist with Team USA in the women's epee, secured seventh place at the Leipzig Epee World Cup in Germany Feb. 9. The 14th-overall seed in the tournament, Hurley was victorious in her first three bouts of the event, including a 15-14 thriller over Erika Kirpu of Estonia in the table of 16. Two-time Senior World medalist Irina Embrich (Estonia) ultimately downed Hurley in the quarterfinals 15-11.

All three Olympians will be in action this weekend at the NCAA Midwest Regional, to be held inside the Castellan Family Fencing Center. The women's weapon squads will fence on Saturday, with the men's tournament draws being held Sunday.

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December 2
All Day
Div. I/Div. II NAC
Richmond, Va. (Greater Richmond Convention Center)
December 3
All Day
Div. I/Div. II NAC
Richmond, Va. (Greater Richmond Convention Center)
December 4
All Day
Div. I/Div. II NAC
Richmond, Va. (Greater Richmond Convention Center)
December 5
NTS
Div. I/Div. II NAC
Richmond, Va. (Greater Richmond Convention Center)
RECAP
January 6
All Day
Div. I/Junior NAC
Columbus, Ohio (Greater Columbus Convention Center)
January 7
All Day
Div. I/Junior NAC
Columbus, Ohio (Greater Columbus Convention Center)
January 8
All Day
Div. I/Junior NAC
Columbus, Ohio (Greater Columbus Convention Center)
January 9
All Day
Div. I/Junior NAC
Columbus, Ohio (Greater Columbus Convention Center)
January 21
All Day
St. Johns Invitational
Queens, N.Y. (Taffner Field House)
January 22
All Day
NYU Invitational
New York, N.Y. (Dodge Center)
January 28
All Day
DeCicco Duals
Notre Dame, Ind. (Castellan Family Fencing Center)
January 29
All Day
DeCicco Duals
Notre Dame, Ind. (Castellan Family Fencing Center)
February 4
All Day
Northwestern Duals
Notre Dame, Ind. (Castellan Family Fencing Center)
February 5
All Day
Northwestern Duals
Notre Dame, Ind. (Castellan Family Fencing Center)
February 17
All Day
USA Fencing Junior Olympics
Kansas City, Mo. (Bartle Hall Convention Center)
February 18
All Day
USA Fencing Junior Olympics
Kansas City, Mo. (Bartle Hall Convention Center)
February 19
All Day
USA Fencing Junior Olympics
Kansas City, Mo. (Bartle Hall Convention Center)
February 20
All Day
USA Fencing Junior Olympics
Kansas City, Mo. (Bartle Hall Convention Center)
February 25
All Day
ACC Championships
Durham, N.C. (TBD)
February 26
All Day
ACC Championships
Durham, N.C. (TBD)
March 11
All Day
NCAA Midwest Regional
Detroit, Mich. (Mattheai Center)
March 23
All Day
NCAA Championships
Indianapolis, Ind. (Indiana Farmers Coliseum)
March 24
All Day
NCAA Championships
Indianapolis, Ind. (Indiana Farmers Coliseum)
March 25
All Day
NCAA Championships
Indianapolis, Ind. (Indiana Farmers Coliseum)
March 26
All Day
NCAA Championships
Indianapolis, Ind. (Indiana Farmers Coliseum)
April 21
All Day
USA Fencing Division I Championship
TBD
April 22
All Day
USA Fencing Division I Championship
TBD
April 23
All Day
USA Fencing Division I Championship
TBD
April 24
All Day
USA Fencing Division I Championship
TBD

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