Tobias Hoonhout | May 19, 2017
For Lee Kiefer, fencing has always been about family.
The daughter of Steven Kiefer, who fenced collegiately at Duke, Lee was exposed to the sport at a young age, along with her older sister Alexandra — who fenced at Harvard — and brother Axel — a current Notre Dame sophomore and foilist who was named a second-team All-American this past season. But over time, she began to forge her own path, resulting in her committing to Notre Dame. Once again, it was family that drew her in.
“Fencing is a sport where you have to dedicate a lot of your time to it if you want to do well,” Kiefer said. “ … I looked at just a few schools when I was applying — ones that had really strong fencing programs but also were strong academically — and during my visit to Notre Dame, their fencing team was really close and everyone had such a strong community, and my visit definitely was an accurate representation of what the team ended up being.”
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