STANFORD, Calif. – Six Stanford fencers will be competing unattached over the next four days at the December North American Cup in Dallas, Texas.
Two individuals from the men’s team will be competing and both are seeded among the top eight in the field. Sophomore Alex Massialas, who won the Division I men’s foil at the November North American Cup, enters as the No. 2 seed out of the 173 entries. Senior Turner Caldwell is seeded eighth after placing 21st at the November event in Cleveland, Ohio. The two Cardinal fencers will be competing on Sunday.
Senior Francesca Bassa will be the first women’s fencer from Stanford to compete as her event, the Division I women’s epee, will take place on Friday. Bassa received the No. 6 seed for the tournament with 146 competitors entered overall. She is coming off a 25th place finish in November.
Freshman Eliza Klyce will return to competition in the United States after competing in Slovakia and Germany over the last month. She received the No. 22 seed out of 103 entries and will fence in the Division I women’s foil on Monday.
Two Stanford fencers are entered in the Division I women’s sabre. Freshman Stephanie Wang is seeded No. 31 while Sophomore Avery Youngblood is 58th. They are among 98 overall entries who will tangle on Saturday.
The event will be the final completion of 2013 for the six fencers who open up their collegiate season with Stanford with a home dual meet on Jan. 10 and the Western Invitational in Palo Alto on Jan. 11.