MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Senior Francesca Bassa and sophomore Avery Youngblood were in Minneapolis, Minn. over the weekend to compete in the Division I National Championships and April North American Cup.
Youngblood, a Dallas, Texas native, fenced on Saturday in the Division I Women’s Sabre event. She started in pool number two where she would go 1-4 in five bouts. She defeated Rachel Aho from the Boston Fencing Club, 5-3. Unfortunately for Youngblood she would not advance as she ended up 29th overall.
Bassa, who recently finished up her collegiate career at Stanford, took to the strips on Sunday for the Division I Women’s Epee. After losing her first bout in pool seven, Bassa rattled off four straight victories in pool play to finish at the top of her pool.
In the table rounds, Bassa received the No. 9 seed and a first round bye. Her first match came in the round of 32 when she topped No. 24 Erica Korb, a Northern California fencer, 15-8. In the round of 16, she went up against No. 8 Kelley Hurley from South Texas. Hurley won the top 10 battle by a 15-10 count to end Bassa’s run. Bassa finished No. 10 overall.