Irish Open 2017-18 Season Strong At Elite Invitational

Irish women sweep field to go 5-0, men post 3-1 record


Keys To The Meet: Elite Invitational

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Three women, three men appointed to leadership roles this season


NCAA Fencing Championships - Day 3

NCAA Fencing Championships - Day 3


NCAA Fencing Championships Day 3

NCAA Fencing Championships Day 3


ACC Fencing Championships

ACC Fencing Championships - Day 1


NCAA Fencing Championships - Day 1

NCAA Fencing Championships - Day 1


NCAA Midwest Fencing Regional

NCAA Midwest Fencing Regional

  • 2015 NCAA Women’s Sabre Champion
  • 2016 NCAA Championship Women’s Sabre Sixth Place
  • 2015 First Team All-American
  • 2016 Second Team All-AMerican
  • 2015, 2016 NCAA Midwest Regional Championship Women’s Sabre Runner-Up
  • 2016 ACC Championship Women’s Sabre Fourth Place
  • 2015 ACC Championship Women’s Sabre Fifth Place
  • 2015 ACC All-Academic Team
  • 2016 ACC Fencer of the Week (Feb. 3, 2016)

AS A SOPHOMORE: Became a two-time All-American, taking Second Team honors with her sixth-place finish in women’s sabre at the NCAA Championships … went 8-2 during pool play at the NCAA Midwest Regional to take runner-up honors … placed fourth during individual play at the ACC Championships … went a perfect 8-0 during team play at the ACC Championships to help the Irish capture their second straight conference title … went 54-7 (.885) during dual play during the season, good for seventh place on the sabre single-season wins list and win percentage list in program history … kicked off the season with a 12-1 mark at the Penn Elite Invitational … went 4-0 on the first day of the DeCicco Duals … posted a 19-2 record over two days at the Northwestern Duals, after which she was named the ACC Female Fencer of the Week … wrapped the regular season with an 11-4 mark at the Duke Duals … earned a monogram.

Became the first sabreur since 2008 to win the NCAA women's sabre title as a freshman, competing as one of five freshmen for the Irish at the NCAA Championship meet ... had the best individual record of any women's sabreist with 53-13 mark her first season ... helped the Irish capture the ACC Championship women's team title, finishing fifth by touches scored in individual competition ... earned a 12-1 record at the Ohio State Elite Cup, 10-4 record at St. John's, 11-1 mark at the NYU Invite and 12-6 log at the Northwestern Duals ... at Ohio State, bested Pennsylvania's Arabella Uhry (5-0), Dana Kong (5-4) and Shriya Joshi (5-3) ... blanked North Carolina's Mauran Thornton en route to beating Noa Allen and Diana Philpot 5-1 ... out-touched Princeton's Diana Chin, Allison Lee and Desirae Major 5-1 ... out-dueled Teodora Kakhiani and Kathryn Charpin of Penn State 5-2 ... finished the tournament with one loss to Ohio State's Celina Merza (5-1) but beat Alexa Antipas 5-2 and Sterling Streb 5-2 ... honored as ACC Women's Fencer of the Week ... at St. John's, earned wins over Kimberly Young (5-4), Antipas (5-4) and Merza (5-4) ... bested Kakhiani (5-1), Charpin (5-2) and Karen Chang (5-3) of Penn State before suffering two close losses to Harvard's Kara Lee (5-4) and Adrienne Jarocki (5-4) ... won 5-3 against St. John's C. Angelakopoulou and finished the tournament with wins against Columbia's Sarah Yee (5-4) and Anastasia Ivanoff (5-2) ... at NYU Invite, earned victories against Yale's Ilana Kamber (5-4) and Maria Martinez (5-1) ... suffered one loss to Yee (5-2), but rebounded to remain undefeated the rest of the day ... at Northwestern, out-dueled Princeton's Allison Lee (5-3), Gracie Stone (5-1) and Desirae Major (5-1) ... beat Joshi 5-3 and Uhry 5-3 of Pennsylvania ... blanked Northwestern's Cindy Oh (5-0) and beat Julia Abelsky 5-3 ... suffered two losses to Temple, but won all three bouts against Stanford ... blanked Cindy Yie of Air Force 5-0 and won against Karinne Caisse 5-3 of UC San Diego to close the day ... at ACC Championships, women's team won the first ever women's team title ... individually, logged a matching 12-3 record with teammates Claudia Kulmacz and Jamie Norville in pool play, but did not advance to the semifinals ... at NCAA Midwest Regional, finished second with a 10-2 record, automatically qualifying ... at NCAA Championships, finished pool play with a 15-8 record, which earned her the No. 4 seed heading into the semifinals ... beat defending NCAA Champion Adrienne Jarocki of Harvard 15-12 and easily outscored Karen Chang of Penn State 15-6 to claim her first NCAA title with the Irish ... awarded first team All-American honors and received a monogram.

PREP AND PERSONAL: Competed with fellow Irish teammate Paul Cepak at Bergen Fencing Club in addition to prep team ... won New Jersey state title all four years in women's sabre ... as a freshman, named to cadet and junior United States Fencing Association (USFA) teams ... took third at Cadet World Championships in Moscow, Russia in sophomore season ... as a junior won team event at Junior World Championships in Porec, Croatia ... competed as a senior with Junior world team at Plovdiv, Bulgaria ... placed in top 16 at Senior World Cup in Ghent, Belgium, and won Junior and Division I competitions at Summer Nationals ... biggest athletic thrill to date remains winning world championships with team in 2013 ... graduated from Wayne Valley in June of 2014 ... voted fencer of the year freshman through senior year on prep team ... middle child of Roberto and Caterina Russo ... has one younger brother, Gianluca, and an older sister, Jessica ... hails from Wayne, New Jersey ...enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business.

Russo's Career Record

Year W L Pct. NCAA Finish
2014-15 53 13 .803 1st
2015-16 54 7 .885 6th
Career 107 20 .843 1st

Francesca Russo
Francesca  Russo


Wayne, NJ

High School:
Wayne Valley



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