ACC Fencing Championships

ACC Fencing Championships

ACC Fencing Championships

Notre Dame men’s and women’s teams went 3-0  on their way to winning the ACC Fencing Championships.

The #4 ranked Irish men won the team competition title for the third straight year. It wasn’t an easy road as they faced a determined Duke.

Notre Dame and the Blue Devils battled through a 12-12 tie that was broken after Axel Kiefer defeated Eoin Gronningsater. That gave the Irish the lead, 13-12.

Duke’s Connor Ghazaleh took an early 4-2 lead over Dylan French in the final. French scored twice to make it 4-4 and then, in dramatic fashion, French won the deciding point to give Notre Dame the title.

The Irish epee squad finished 22-5, foil 20-7 and saber 17-10.

ACC Men’s Individual Results


  • Pascual Di Tella, Duke
  • Jonah Shainberg, Notre Dame
  • Agoston Walter, Duke


  • Kristjan Archer, Notre Dame
  • Axel Kiefer, Notre Dame
  • Eoin Gronningsater, Duke


  • Ariel Simmons, Notre Dame
  • Dylan French, Notre Dame
  • Bryn Hammarberg, Duke

ACC Fencing ChampionshipsThe ACC Men’s Fencing Championship Most Valuable Fencer honor goes to Ariel Simmons of Notre Dame.

The #3 ranked Notre Dame women had three decisive victories against opponents on their way to their third straight conference title.

Foil led the way for the women finishing 25-2. Saber was 19-8 and epee, 14-13.

ACC Women’s Individual Results


  • Francesca Russo, Notre Dame
  • Lindsay Sapienza, Duke
  • Claudia Kulmacz, Notre Dame


  • Amanda Sirico, Notre Dame
  • Rita Somogyi, Duke
  • Madeline Antekeier, Notre Dame


  • Sabrina Massialas, Notre Dame
  • Lee Kiefer, Notre Dame
  • Samantha Viqueira, Notre Dame

ACC Fencing ChampionshipsThe ACC Women’s Fencing Championship Most Valuable Fencer honor goes to Sabrina Massialas of Notre Dame.

All four teams competing in the ACC Championships, Notre Dame, Duke, North Carolina and Boston College, will move on to NCAA regional competition.

The NCAA Fencing Championships are set for March 23-26 in Indianapolis.