Spirited third-year foilist who made NCAA debut in 2006 ... energetic presence whose fun-loving personality sparks emotion of the entire team ... has proven to be a clutch performer who can overcome stressful situations and is eager to take on top opponents ... hard worker who will be looking to make some technical improvements in 2006-07 while developing more consistency in her daily bouting ... capable of turning in some upsets and noteworthy results throughout her junior season ... a high-energy athlete and second-generation college fencer who was an accomplished youth karate champion before picking up fencing later in her youth ... has elements of sabre style incorporated into her bouting (she fenced sabre as a prep) ... shows excellent reaction time ... compiled 105-25 record in regular-season bouts during first two seasons with the Irish ... originally from Dayton, Ohio, but recently moved with her family to Sacramento, Calif. ... entered 2006 fall semester with 3.30 cumulative grade-point average, as a double major in psychology and Arts and Letters pre-professional studies ... placed 31st at annual Penn State Open in the fall of 2006.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Racked up 58-18 record during 2005-06 regular season before placing seventh in Midwest Fencing Conference and using 5th-place finish at Midwest Regional to clinch spot in the NCAA field ... received fencing program's DeCicco/Langford Award, recognizing inspiration and dedication ... was in position to challenge for All-America honors at NCAAs before injury affected her final three bouts (she ended up 14th, two spots shy of All-America) ... opened with 14-3 record at Northwestern Duals, highlighted by sweep of NU standouts Sam Nemecek (3-2) and Jessica Florendo (5-4) ... her 8-6 record versus tough field at NYU Duals included wins over Yale's Alisa Mendelsohn (3-2, OT) and NYU's Kristen Wentrcek (5-3) ... beat Cleveland State's Leigh Pendergrass (5-0) as part of 15-5 mark at ND Duals, with losses to the Northwestern duo (4-5 vs. Florendo, 1-5 vs. Nemecek) ... added 8-1 record at Ohio State Duals and 13-3 at the UC San Diego Duals (5-2 win over UCSD's Jen Chun) ... advanced to MFC semifinals before losing to teammate Adi Nott (2-15; finished 7th) ... entered Regional (in Cleveland) as #5 seed but fell to #8 entering direct-elimination, before win over CSU's Pendergrass (15-9), quarterfinal loss to NU's Nemecek (6-15), 15-11 win over OSU's Amelia Gaillard (15-11) and a 15-12 victory over Northwestern's Natalie Wang in 5th-place bout ... headed to Houston for NCAAs and split her 14 bouts on first day (13th place) ... her day-1 bouts included 5-3 win over teammate Nott, a sweep of the Northwestern duo (5-4 vs. Florendo, 5-0 vs. Nemecek), a 4-3 OT win over PSU's Tam Najm and a 5-0 shutout of Cal State Fullerton veteran Senta Breden ... ultimately finished 14th with record of 11-11 in NCAA 23-bout round-robin, after vacating final bout with Temple's Nina Gernes ... in first bout of final round, she scored touch for 4-3 lead but Jenna Remmert's nearly-simultaneous lunge led to accidental collision ... Bautista took full 10 minutes to recover but lost bout to the Temple fencer (4-5) ... became ill in next bout and withdrew, giving NYU's Kristen Wentrcek a 4-2 win ... other day-2 bouts included wins over Columbia's Kelsey Finkel (4-3), Princeton's Sara Jew-Lim (5-2) and Penn's Ilana Sinkin (5-3).
AS A FRESHMAN: Enjoyed an impressive debut in 2004-05, serving as an NCAA alternate after her 47-7 regular season and 6th-place finish at the Midwest Regional ... received the Yves Auriol Award as Notre Dame's most improved fencer ... went 3-1 at the season-opening NYU Duals and then 25-5 at the Notre Dame Duals ... her key wins at the ND Duals included a sweep of the three Northwestern foilists - Christina Wang (5-3), Julia Foldi (5-4) and Florendo (5-4) ... went 8-0 at the OSU Duals and finished regular season with an 11-1 record at the Duke Duals ...scored decisive win in the MFC team championships by defeating OSU's Alexandra DiCerbo ... that 5-0 win gave the Irish women's foilists the 5-4 margin over OSU and enough points for the entire ND women's squad to leapfrog OSU into first place ... finished sixth at the MFC individual championships, losing to four-time All-American Foldi in an 11-15 quarterfinal ... her 7th-place finish at the Regional included top wins over teammate Andrea Ament (5-0), Northwestern's Florendo and NU sisters Christina (5-4) and Natalie Wang (5-2) ...opened 2005 competition by fencing at the North American Cup held in Overland Park, Kan. ... later placed 15th in the d-3 bouting at the 2005 Summer Nationals (Sacramento, Calif.).
PREP & PERSONAL: Coached in sabre fencing by her father Ray (a former fencer at Cal State Fullerton) while competing in karate and cross country at Chaminade Julienne High School ... won Junior Pan-Am karate titles in '00 and '02 ('03 bronze) and was U.S. national karate champion from '94-'03 ... an 11-year AAU karate All-American ('94-'04) ... named most outstanding junior competitor at '03 U.S. Karate Open ... member of U.S. karate team from 2000-04 ... medaled in every international karate event she entered ... undefeated as nationally ranked state champ in karate all four years at CJHS ... lettered in cross country as junior and senior ... member of National Honor Society ... hails from same high school as recent Notre Dame basketball point guard Megan Duffy and former Irish distance runner Nicole LaSelle ('00) ... daughter of Ray and Pam Bautista ... full name is Melanie Verder Bautista ... born Aug. 20, 1986, in Vallejo, Calif. ... a double major in psychology and pre-professional studies, enrolled in the College of Arts and Letters.
Bautista's Career Record