Fighting Irish Athletics | March 24, 2015
The University of Notre Dame fencing team saw junior Lee Kiefer earn her third NCAA individual title, and freshman Francesca Russo her first at the 2015 NCAA Championships. The team as a whole finished third in the standings behind Columbia and Penn State, based on indicator (individual points scored for/against in each single bout) - Penn State had a +176 mark, while the Irish stood at +145.
"I am really excited for both champions, and the team put in such a great performance," Irish head coach Gia Kvaratskhelia says. "My sincerest and deepest congratulations to Lee and Fran[cesca] on their phenomenal performances; their perseverance was inspiring to see. I'm happy to say the Lee has one year of eligibility left, and Francesca is only a freshman, so the future is bright for the Irish."
Russo - the ninth freshman to win a title and first in women's sabre since Sarah Borrman did so in '08 - earned the No. 4 seed with her 15-8 record in pool play. Kiefer - the sixth fencer to win three titles her freshman through junior year - advanced with the No. 1 seed in her weapon class on the strength on her 21-2 pool-play mark.
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