Joanne Norell | October 17, 2017
Fencers with ties to the University of Notre Dame had successful weekends across the continent last week, with a plethora of podium finishes at the FIE World Cup in Cancun and US Fencing October North American Cup in Anaheim, California.
Recent graduate Lee Kiefer captured her third career World Cup gold medal — and second of the year — while competing in Cancun. The win moves her back into No. 2 in the world rankings with 248 points.
The Irish added eight top-three finishes at the October NAC, highlighted by a podium sweep in Division I women’s epee by Kelley Hurley (‘10), junior Amanda Sirico, and Courtney Hurley (‘13). In women’s foil, alum Adrienne Nott (‘06) snared gold, while freshman Erica Tsai finished tied for third.
Freshman Stephen Ewart collected the top finish in Division I men’s epee, while sophomore Ariel Simmons finished sixth in the event. Fellow rookie Nick Itkin also claimed gold, snatching the top spot in men’s foil. Rounding out Notre Dame’s top finishers was senior Francesca Russo, who claimed second place in women’s sabre.