Stanford fencers earn bronze medals in USA and France

Two Stanford fencers were competing on their own in tournaments on Sunday and both came away with bronze medals.

Sophomore Alexander Massialas was in Paris, France for the Challenge International de Paris. A day after finishing 18th in the individual competition, Massialas helped Team USA earn a bronze medal in the team portion of the tournament.

The U.S. won gold last year at the same event and entered as the top seed. The red, white and blue got off to a good start. Following a first round bye, the American squad cruised past Hong Kong, 45-18, in the round of 16. In the quarterfinals, Team USA took on China and earned a 45-33 victory.

The semifinals featured the U.S. and the host country, the No. 5 seed France. The French emerged with a win, topping the U.S., 45-40. In the bronze-medal match, the Americans controlled the No. 3 seeded Russia squad, 45-30, to reach the podium.

The next major international event for the USA foil team will be the World Cup event in La Coruña, Spain on Feb. 21-23.

Senior Francesca Bassa was in the United States at the January North American Cup in Virginia Beach, Va. She started off her 2014 national season on a good note by tying for third in the Division I Women's Epee to earn bronze.

— Stanford Athletics


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