UND Roster

2018-19 Fencing Roster

Axel Kiefer


Height 5-8
Class Senior
Hometown Lexington, KY
High School Paul Laurence Dunbar


  • 2019 NCAA Championships Men’s Foil Second-Place Finisher
  • 2016, 2018 NCAA Championships Men’s Foil Third-Place Finisher
  • 2017 NCAA Championships Men’s Foil Eighth-Place Finisher
  • 2016, 2018, 2019 First Team All-American
  • 2017 Second Team All-American
  • 2016 NCAA Midwest Regional Men’s Foil Champion
  • 2018, 2019 NCAA Midwest Regional Men’s Foil Runner-Up
  • 2017 NCAA Midwest Regional Men’s Foil Sixth Place
  • 2016 ACC Men’s Foil Champion
  • 2017, 2019 ACC Men’s Foil Runner-Up
  • 2018 ACC Men’s Foil Third Place
  • 2016 ACC Championships Most Valuable Fencer
  • 2016, 2017, 2019 All-ACC
  • 2016, 2017 ACC Men’s Foilist of the Year
  • 2016 Notre Dame Monogram Club Most Valuable Player
  • 2017 John Crikelair Award
  • 2019 Lee Kiefer/Gerek Meinhardt Award
  • 2019 Walt Langford Memorial Award
  • 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 All-ACC Academic Team
  • 2019 ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year
  • 2019 Rockne Student-Athlete Award
  • 2019 Byron V. Kanaley Award
  • 2016 Team Most Valuable Foilist
  • 2015 USA Fencing National Championships 11th Place – Division I
  • 2015 USA Fencing National Championships Junior Gold Medalist


  • Saved his best season for last with his highest showing at the NCAA Championships, winning a career high 19 round-robin bouts and finishing as the national runner-up in men’s foil
  • Was named a First Team All-American for the third time and became the program’s 29th four-time All-American
  • Went 32-13 in dual bouts to finish with a career 127-57 record
  • Captured second place at the ACC Championships, earning an All-ACC nod
  • Also placed second at the NCAA Midwest Regional Championships
  • All three postseason runner-up performances came behind teammate Nick Itkin
  • Named the ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year
  • One of two winners of the Lee Kiefer/Gerek Meinhardt Award, “given to the fencer who gives their time selflessly and humbly in training, as judged by their teammates and coaches. This recipient goes above and beyond expectations, helping teammates prepare for tournaments while pursuing their own passion for the sport.”
  • Earned the team’s Walt Langford Memorial Award, “recognizing sportsmanship, leadership and teamwork.”
  • Recipient of the Rockne Student-Athlete Award
  • Earned the Byron V. Kanaley Award, Notre Dame athletics’ highest honor
  • Earned a monogram


  • Capped his third straight All-American season with a second-career bronze-medal finish at the NCAA Championships
  • Finished the season with a 28-23 record
  • Opened the season at the Elite Invitational with a 6-2 record
  • Posted a 10-2 record at the Northwestern Duals
  • Finished the season with a 5-4 record during team competition at the ACC Championships
  • Took third place at the ACC Championships during individual competition
  • Fenced to a runner-up showing at the NCAA Midwest Regional Championships to qualify for the national meet for a third straight year
  • Went 15-7 during pool play at NCAAs to take the fourth seed into direct elimination
  • Fell to teammate and eventual national champion Nick Itkin in the semifinal bout to take bronze
  • Named to the All-ACC Academic Team
  • Earned a monogram


  • Took home second career All-America honor with a Second Team performance (eighth place) at the NCAA Championship, helping the Irish to capture the ninth team title in program history
  • Placed sixth at the NCAA Midwest Regional
  • Took runner-up honors at the ACC Championship, falling to teammate Kristjan Archer in the men’s foil title bout
  • Named the ACC Most Valuable Fencer
  • Named to the All-ACC Academic Team for the second straight year
  • Earned the team’s John Crikelair Award, given to the men’s foilist “who best represents his/her team and University on and off the strip.”
  • Posted a 37-15 dual meet mark
  • Went a perfect 12-0 at the St. John’s Invitational
  • Posted a 6-2 record during team play at the ACC Championships to help the Irish to their third straight conference title
  • Earned a monogram


  • Began Irish career in style with accolade-filled rookie season
  • Copped First Team All-America honors with a third-place finish at the NCAA Championships
  • Went 15-8 during pool play at NCAAs to earn the third seed in direct elimination, but fell to Penn State’s Nobuo Bravo 15-11 in the semifinal bout
  • Captured the NCAA Midwest Regional men’s foil crown
  • Posted a marquee weekend during the ACC Championships, snagging the men’s foil title and earning ACC MVP honors
  • Went 4-1 during team competition to the help the Irish men to their second straight ACC title
  • Named the ACC Men’s Foilist of the Year following the season
  • Named the team’s men’s foil MVP and Monogram Club MVP
  • Earned All-ACC Academic Team honors
  • Went 29-7 during regular-season play
  • Started the year with a 10-2 mark at the Penn Elite Invitational
  • Went 3-1 on the first day of the DeCicco Duals
  • Wrapped the regular season with a 12-3 mark at the Duke Duals
  • Earned a monogram


  • Graduated from Paul Laurence Dunbar in May 2015
  • Fenced as a member of the Bluegrass Fencing Club
  • During freshman year, took first place at the Cadet Summer National Championships in Reno, Nevada
  • Finished second at the Richmond, Virginia, North American Cup (NAC)
  • Clinched first at the Austin, Texas, NAC the following month at the cadet level, coming in fifth at the junior level
  • Won first place at the Cadet European Foil Circuit in Halle, Germany
  • Took first at the cadet-level Junior Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Finished third at the junior-level Junior Olympics as well
  • As a sophomore, placed third at the Anaheim, California NAC in cadet competition
  • Won the St. Louis, Missouri NAC (another cadet-level competition) before taking third at the Louisville, Kentucky, cadet-level NAC in January 2013
  • Finished third at the Cadet European Foil Circuit in Pisa, Italy
  • Placed third in both cadet and junior competition at the 2013 Junior Olympics
  • As a junior, was crowned champion in January 2014 at the Junior World Cup in Udine, Italy
  • Placed sixth at the Junior World Cup in Terrassa, Spain, the following month
  • Took first place at the Junior Olympics in Portland, Oregon
  • With Team USA, placed second at the World Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria
  • In senior year so far has placed fifth at the Division I NAC in Dallas, Texa,s and won the World Cup with Team USA in juniors competition in Lezno, Poland
  • Maintained membership in the Beta Club, Spanish Honor Society and National Honor Society
  • Completed a math, science and technology center 360-hour capstone senior research project with mentor Dr. Mark Crocker at the University of Kentucky’s Center for Applied Energy Research, involving the synthesis of Layered Double Hydroxide  (LDH) catalysts of varying metal compositions
  • Received recognition for outstanding achievement by Fayette County Board of Education in 2011
  • Earned All-Distinguished Award by Fayette County Public Schools in 2013 and 2014
  • Named an AP Scholar in 2013 and 2014
  • Comes from a long line of successful fencers
  • Father, Steve competed at Duke, while eldest sister Alex competed at Harvard and older sister Lee is a current member of Notre Dame’s women’s foil team
  • Hails from same area as current Notre Dame men’s foilist Hazem Khazbak
  • Parents are Steve and Teresa Kiefer
  • Full name is Axel Maudlin Kiefer
  • Enrolled in the First Year of Studies with plans to major in pre-professional studies