Lee Kiefer, one of five U.S. Olympians with ties to the Notre Dame program, was also one of 13 competitors in national competitions in the months of January and February.

Kiefer, United States Finish Sixth in Women's Team Foil

Aug. 2, 2012

LONDON – Notre Dame freshman fencer Lee Kiefer concluded her first career Olympic appearance Thursday as a member of the sixth-place United States squad in the Women’s Team Foil at the 2012 Olympic Games.

Kiefer (Lexington, Ky./Dunbar), the top ranked American foilist entering the games, compiled a bout record of 36-35 in three U.S. matches during the Women’s Team Foil competition.

Kiefer shut out Japan’s Chieko Sugawara 5-0 (bout one) and Kanae Ikehata 6-0 (bout nine) to help lead the U.S. to a 44-22 victory in a Women’s 5-8 Classification match. She triumphed over Karolina Chlewinska 7-2 in her final bout of the tournament, a 45-39 loss against Poland in the Women’s 5-6 Placement match.

Kiefer won a pair of bouts July 28 to take sixth place individually in the Women’s Individual Foil in her Olympic debut. She defeated Canada’s Monica Peterson 15-10 and Korea’s Jung Gil Ok 15-13 to reach the quarterfinal round. Eventual silver medalist Arianna Errigo of Italy eliminated Kiefer 15-10 in her quarterfinal match.