Paul D. Bowker | Mar. 21, 2014 | NCAA.com
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Less than two hours before the women’s finals at the NCAA Fencing Championships began Friday, Notre Dame teammates Lee Kiefer and Madison Zeiss were the lone fencers practicing at French Field House.
And that‘s not actually a stunner. They are hotel roommates this week in Columbus. A week ago at this time, they were in Germany together competing in a World Cup event. They are close friends and have been since they were 10 years old.
Not long after their impromptu practice session, they were standing face to face on the main stage at Ohio State’s St. John Arena, ready to duel for the women’s foil NCAA championship.
“We were just so happy we made it here,” said Kiefer, a sophomore who was on the U.S. women’s foil squad that finished sixth at the London 2012 Olympic Games. “We’re proud of ourselves and proud of each other. It was a good time.”
Kiefer defeated Zeiss 13-10 for her second consecutive NCAA title, becoming just the fifth women’s fencer in NCAA history to win the national title in both her freshman and sophomore seasons.