ACC Fencing: Notre Dame’s Russo, Kiefer Win NCAA Individual Titles

Irish finish third to lead ACC teams at NCAA Championship

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Two Notre Dame fencers won individual titles and all four ACC teams finished in the top 21 at the 2015 NCAA Fencing Championships, hosted by Ohio State at French Field House.

Lee Kiefer went 21-2 in foil pool play with a +69 indicator to advance as the top seed, before defeating St. John’s Marta Hausman, 15-7, in the semifinals and Columbia’s Margaret Lu, 15-13, in the title bout. The title is her third in three years as she becomes the sixth fencer to win three in her freshman through junior seasons.

Francesca Russo claimed the fourth seed in sabre with a 15-8 record in pool play, and then defeated top-seeded Adrienne Jarocki of Harvard, 15-12, in the semifinals. In the title bout, Russo cruised to a 15-6 victory over Penn State’s Karen Chang to become the ninth freshman to win a title.

The Irish finished with 156 points, good for third place in the final team standings. Duke placed ninth with 67 points, followed by Boston College in 20th with 16 and North Carolina in 21st with 15.

Final Team Standings (Points, Indicator)

1. Columbia/Barnard (165, +181)

2. Pennsylvania State University (156, +176)

3. Notre Dame (156, +145)

4. Princeton University (148, +124)

5. Ohio State University (137, +165)

6. St. John's University (137, +47)

7. Harvard University (129, +81)

8. Pennsylvania, University of (96, +11)

9. Duke University (67, -59)

10. Stanford University (65, -56)

11. Northwestern University (60, -54)

12. U.S. Air Force Academy (52, -145)

13. Brown University (44, -71)

14. NJ Institute of Technology (41, -45)

15. Wayne State University (39, -56)

16. Sacred Heart University (28, -102)

17. Cornell University (26, -53)

18. Yale University (22, -78)

19. New York University (16, -38)

20. Boston College (16, -39)

21. UNC, Chapel Hill (15, +20)

22. Temple University (15, -55)

23. Stevens Tech (13, +3)

24. U.C. San Diego (10, -6)

25. M.I.T. (3, -96)

 

Individual Results

Women's Sabre

1. Francesca Russo, Notre Dame

6. Gillian Litynski, North Carolina

13. Claudia Kulmacz, Notre Dame

18. Haley Fisher, Duke

22. Jennifer Ling, Duke

 

Women's Foil

1. Lee Kiefer, Notre Dame

5. Madison Zeiss, Notre Dame

 

Women's Epée

9. Ashley Severson, Notre Dame

13. Nicole Ameli, Notre Dame

15. Sarah Collins, Duke

19. Isabella Barna, Duke

20. Olivia Adragna, Boston College

21. Renee Bichette, Boston College

 

Men's Sabre

5. Pascual Di Tella, Duke

12. Jonah Shainberg, Notre Dame

18. Chris Monti, Duke

20. Jonathan Fitzgerald, Notre Dame

 

Men's Foil

3T. Ariel DeSmet, Notre Dame

11. Virgile Collineau, Notre Dame

 

Men's Epée

13. Garrett McGrath, Notre Dame

18. Dean Ischiropoulos, Duke

22. Nicholas Hanahan, Notre Dame