Two Medals in Dallas
DALLAS, Texas – Two Stanford fencers, sophomore Alexander Massialas and senior Turner Caldwell, medaled in the Division I men’s foil on Sunday at the December North American Cup in Dallas.
Massialas came away with a silver medal with a second place finish and Caldwell took bronze after tying for third overall in the field of 157 competitors. The two men’s foil competitors were two of six Stanford fencers who competed unattached at the USA Fencing national event.
For Massialas it was his second straight medal in national competition as he claimed gold at the November North American Cup in Cleveland. He won five of his six pool play matches and defeated three opponents in round two to make the final stage. In the quarterfinals, he dominated with a 15-2 win and then advanced to the finals with a 15-8 victory over No. 4 Miles Chamley-Watson in the semifinals. The championship match was against the No. 3 seed Race Imboden. In a close contest, it was Imboden who came out on top by a score of 15-12.
Caldwell had a strong performance with wins in five of his six contests during pool play. He advanced to the quarterfinals with victories over No. 74 Nolen Scruggs, No. 23 John Vaiani and No. 7 Seong Hyun Kim. He won his quarterfinal match by a 15-10 count over No. 79 Sam Hardwicke-Brown. However, his run ended in the semifinals against Imboden as he dropped a 15-11 decision.
The first of the six fencers to compete was senior Francesca Bassa in the Division I women’s epee on Friday. Bassa placed 13th overall after entering the tournament as the No. 5 seed among 138 fencers in the field.
In round one, Bassa cruised through the pool play portion of the tournament, winning all six of her matches by a combined 28-12 margin. She went on to the second round where she defeated No. 59 Barbara Vanbenthuysen, 15-12, to advance to the final 32.
Bassa claimed a 15-9 victory against No. 32 Katherine Sizov in the round of 32 but fell in a tight bout, 11-10, to the No. 8 seed Katharine Holmes in the following round. In the next bracket, Bassa picked up a 15-14 win over No. 30 Charlene Liu before falling in another close contest, 15-13, to the No. 9 seed Jennifer Horowitz. Bassa would finish the tournament with a record of 9-2.
Two Cardinal fencers competed in the Division I women’s sabre on Saturday. Avery Youngblood claimed 28th place while Stephanie Wang was not far behind in 36th.
For Youngblood it was a big improvement from the November North American Cup where she finished 58th overall. This time around she went 3-2 in pool play and claimed a 15-6 victory to start the bracket competition. However, she ran into the No. 4 seed Ibtihaj Muhammad in the next stage and fell in a close match, 15-12.
Wang won four of her six matches in pool play to get off to a good start. She would go on to fall in her next match against No. 41 Sophie Keehan.
Freshman Eliza Klyce was the final competitor from the Stanford team to compete unattached on the weekend. She delivered a 39th place finish in the Division I women’s foil. She won four of her six matches in pool play before falling to No. 37 Bryce Koester, 13-10, in her first second round contest. Her performance was a big improvement from her 111th place finish at the November event.
The next USA Fencing event will be the January North American Cup which will take place January 17-20 in Virginia Beach, Va.