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Francesca Bassa
Position: Women's Epee
Height: 5'7"
Year: Senior
Hometown: Houston, Texas
High School: St. Agnes Academy
Major: Psychology
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  • Placed second in the 2009 Junior World Cup Helsinki 
  • Awarded silver in 2010 Junior Pan-American Championships 
  • Placed eighth in individuals and team won bronze medal in the 2010 Senior Pan-American Championships 
  • Earned her first two points of 2014 with a 43rd place finish at the Coupe du Monde "Sparkassen-Weltcup" in Leipzig, Germany 
  • Ended up 77th at the Senior World Cup in St. Maur, France


  • Placed third in North American Cups C&D in Division 1 
  • Won a bronze medal at the 2014 January North American Cup 
  • Recorded a 25th place finish in the Division I women’s epee at the 2013 November North American Cup 
  • Competed at the 2013 December North American Cup where she placed 13th among the 138 competitors 
  • Claimed 10th place in the epee at the 2014 Division I National Championships in Minneapolis

2014 (Redshirt Senior)

  • First Team All-American
  • Silver medalist at the NCAA Championships 
  • Tallied a 75-15 record on the season in epee 
  • Reached the NCAA Championship match where she lost to teammate Vivian Kong, 15-12 
  • Defeated Susannah Scanlan of Princeton, 15-14, in the NCAA semifinals after winning 17 of her 23 bouts in pool play 
  • Placed second at the NCAA West Regional, losing to teammate Vivian Kong in the final by a 15-10 count 
  • Had a perfect 15-0 win over Christina Meyer of Cal Tech in the regional semifinal
  • Tallied a 9-2 mark during the regional 
  • Had a winning record in all 18 Stanford dual matches she competed in, including a 3-0 mark in 12 of them 
  • Won the final 14 bouts of the regular season 
  • Also had winning streaks of 14 and 10 matches throughout the year 
  • Started the year with a 2-1 record in a dual against Northwestern 
  • Compiled a 14-1 record at the Western Invitational with her only loss coming on a coin flip after a 4-4 tie 
  • Won her final 12 matches of the Western Invitational 
  • Posted a record of 34-5 at the Northwestern Duals

2013 (Redshirt Junior)

  • Finished seventh in epee at the NCAA Championships
  • Second-team All-American
  • Finished with a 60-14 record 
  • Won her third career NCAA West Regional title

2012 (Junior)

  • Deferred season to train for London 2012 Olympics

2011 (Sophomore)

  • NCAA Western Region Tournament champion 
  • Fifth-place finish at the NCAA Championships in epee

2010 (Freshman)

  • Received sixth place at 2010 Junior National Championships 
  • Became the 2010 Western Regional Champion 
  • Made an eighth place finish at the 2010 NCAA Championships 
  • Was a 2010 Junior Team gold medalist 
  • Preseason was the current FIE ranking junior (6th in world) and FIE ranking senior (80th in world)

High School

  • A 2009 graduate of St. Agnes Academy in Houston, Texas 
  • Seven-time national champion 
  • Two-time Junior Olympic Gold Medalist Cadet (2007 & 2008) 
  • Received bronze medal in 2008 Junior World Championships Team 
  • Ranked No. 1 Fencer in U.S. at the end of 2008 
  • Placed third at 2008 Senior National Championships


  • Daughter of Giorgio and Maria Bussa 
  • Major is psychology