UND Roster

2018-19 Fencing Roster

Axel Kiefer


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


  • 2017 NCAA Championships Men’s Foil Eighth-Place Finisher
  • 2017 Second Team All-American
  • 2017 NCAA Midwest Regional Men’s Foil Sixth Place
  • 2017 ACC Men’s Foil Runner-Up
  • 2017 John Crikelair Award
  • 2016 NCAA Championships Men’s Foil Third-Place Finisher
  • 2016 First Team All-American
  • 2016 NCAA Midwest Regional Men’s Foil Champion
  • 2016 ACC Men’s Foil Champion
  • 2016 ACC Championships Most Valuable Fencer
  • 2016, 2017 All-ACC
  • 2016, 2017 ACC Men’s Foilist of the Year
  • 2016 Notre Dame Monogram Club Most Valuable Player
  • 2016, 2017 All-ACC Academic Team
  • 2016 Team Most Valuable Foilist
  • 2015 USA Fencing National Championships 11th Place – Division I
  • 2015 USA Fencing National Championships Junior Gold Medalist


  • 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 at the ACC Championships


  • 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