Joanne Norell | December 7, 2016
December is a slow month in the world of collegiate fencing, but the University of Notre Dame men’s and women’s fencing teams are keeping their skills in top shape with impressive performances on the national and international stage.
Posting the top performance of the weekend was Irish senior foilist Lee Kiefer, who struck gold at the first International Fencing Federation (FIE) Grand Prix of the season in Turin, Italy. Irish representatives also picked up top honors at the December North American Cup in Richmond, Virginia.
Kiefer claimed her first career victory in an FIE Grand Prix — a notch above the World Cup events on the international fencing stage — with a 15-8 win over fellow American Nicole Ross. Grand Prix events are worth 1.5 times more points than at normal World Cup events. Kiefer is currently ranked No. 2 in the world by the FIE.
Sophomore Sabrina Massialas also competed at the Turin Grand Prix, finishing 26th. Madison Zeiss (’15) finished 67th and Adi Nott (’09) came in 74th.
Former and current Irish fencers also picked up four medals at the December NAC, held at the Greater Richmond Convention Center. Three-time Olympic epeeist Kelley Hurley (’10) headlined the hardware winners, snagging gold in the Division I Women’s Epee event. Sophomore Amanda Sirico tied for bronze in the event, while Courtney Hurley (’12) finished ninth and freshman Julia Barry came in 69th.