ACC Fencing Annual Awards Announced

Boston College, North Carolina, and Notre Dame individuals recognized 

GREENSBORO, N.C. – The Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s and Women’s Fencing individual awards for the 2015 season were announced on Wednesday. The honors were voted on by the league’s four head coaches.

For ACC Men’s Fencing, Notre Dame’s Garrett McGrath, Ariel DeSmet, Jonathan Fitzgerald, and Gia Kvaratskhelia were recognized. On the women’s side, Boston College’s Olivia Adragna, North Carolina’s Gillian Litynski and Ron Miller, and Notre Dame’s Lee Kiefer and Ashley Severson garnered accolades.

Notre Dame’s McGrath was named the as the top male in épée. A junior from Mesa, Arizona, McGrath led the Irish men’s épée squad with a 49-23 record. At the ACC Championships, he posted a 12-3 record in the individual competition before defeating North Carolina’s Matthew Shlimak and Boston College’s Ethan Grab to win the league title.

Boston College’s Adragna and Notre Dame’s Severson were named Co-Women’s Fencers of the Year for Epée. The pair hold near identical records of 51-17 and 50-13 on the season. A native of Malverne, New York, Adragna led the Eagles’ épée squad to a 22-2 season record. Severson, a senior from Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, qualified for the NCAA Championship, as has Adragna.

Notre Dame’s Kiefer, who was named the ACC Championship MVP, was voted as the top individual in women’s foil after posting a 51-8 during the season. The junior from Versailles, Kentucky, went 8-1 during the morning’s team competition at the ACC Championship, and finished with a perfect 15-0 record before rolling through the semifinals and finals to claim the individual title.

Notre Dame’s DeSmet was recognized in men’s foil after posting a perfect 7-0 record in the team competition and a 11-2 mark in the individual portion to be named ACC Championship MVP. A senior from Troutdale, Oregon, he holds a 37-12 record on the season and qualified for this weekend’s NCAA Championship.

An NCAA qualifier from East Brunswick, New Jersey, Notre Dame’s Fitzgerald was voted ACC Men’s Fencer of the Year for Sabre. He finished his freshman campaign with a 38-23 record and won the league individual title with a 15-14 decision over teammate Jonah Shainberg.

North Carolina’s Litynski garnered ACC Women’s Fencer of the Year for Sabre. A native of Niskayuna, New York, who holds a 39-9 record on the season, Litynski won the league’s individual title by going 13-2 in pool play before defeating Notre Dame’s Jamie Norville and Claudia Kulmacz en route to the title.

North Carolina’s Miller was voted as the Women’s Fencing Coach of the Year, while Notre Dame’s Kvaratskhelia was selected as Men’s Fencing Coach of the Year.