Joanne Norell | July 26, 2017
On Wednesday, American Gerek Meinhardt (‘13, ‘15 MBA) and Poland’s Ewa Nelip (‘13) snared medals for their respective teams as well. In men’s foil, Meinhardt and the U.S. cruised through the first four rounds, defeating Guatemala 45-12, Poland 45-24, Korea 45-34 and Russia 45-29. That set up a tryst with Italy in the final, but the U.S. gave up a seven-point lead and ultimately fell 45-41 to claim silver.
Lee Kiefer (‘17) helped lead the United States women’s foil team to its highest-ever finish at the event on Monday as the American contingent snared silver as the tournament’s No. 3 seed. After the U.S. defeated Argentina in the opening round, Kiefer led the team with 22 touches against China in the quarterfinal to set up a meeting with second-seeded Russia. In that match, she anchored the team to clinch a tight 45-42 victory. The U.S. met top-seeded Italy in the championship, falling 45-25.The FIE Senior World Championships came to an end Wednesday with the conclusion of team competition, with three former University of Notre Dame fencers taking home medals.