June 14, 2013
STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford freshman fencer Alexander Massialas will compete with a talented and youthful U.S. Fencing Team at the Pan American Zonal Championships June 16-21 in Cartegena, Columbia.
Currently ranked eighth individually in the world, Massialas will be joined on the U.S. foil team by Gerek Meinhardt, Miles Chamley-Watson and Race Imboden. Massialas, Meinhardt and Chamley-Watson each competed in the semifinals of the 2013 NCAA Championships.
The U.S. foil team is one of the youngest in the world but boasts a quality amount of experience having competed together at the 2012 London Olympics, where it took fourth, and claimed gold at the 2013 Paris World Cup in January.
Massialas completed an impressive freshman season, earning first team All-America honors after compiling a team-best 50-8 record and claiming the NCAA men's foil title. He is Stanford's first men's foil champion since 2000 and helped lead the Cardinal to an eighth-place NCAA finish - the team's best result since 2008.
Less than a month after finishing first at the NCAA Championships, Massialas claimed the men's foil Junior World Championships title in Porec, Croatia.
Massialas was named one of three recipients of the Block "S" Outstanding Male Freshman Award by the Stanford Athletic Board for his tremendous freshman season.
Following the Pan American Championships, Massialas will compete at the Senior World Championships August 5-12 in Budapest, Hungary, where the men's foil team will pursue its first team medal in history.