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    Phenix Messersmith  
    Phenix Messersmith

    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    El Cerrito, CA

    High School:
    Albany High School

    Height:
    5-3½

    Event:
    Foil


    05/02/2012

    Notre Dame Student-Athletes Honored At Annual O.S.C.A.R.S. Ceremony

    This is the 11th-year for the traditional year-end gala honoring more than 750 student-athletes for their achievements on the field and in the classroom during the 2011-12 school year.

    05/02/2012

    Notre Dame Student-Athletes Honored At Annual O.S.C.A.R.S. Ceremony

    This is the 11th-year for the traditional year-end gala honoring more than 750 student-athletes for their achievements on the field and in the classroom during the 2011-12 school year.

    05/02/2012

    Notre Dame Student-Athletes Honored At Annual O.S.C.A.R.S. Ceremony

    This is the 11th-year for the traditional year-end gala honoring more than 750 student-athletes for their achievements on the field and in the classroom during the 2011-12 school year.

    01/20/2012

    Notre Dame Winter Sports Preview: Fencing

    Defendng national champion Fighting Irish reload their roster in search of their second consecutive NCAA title.

    01/20/2012

    Notre Dame Winter Sports Preview: Fencing

    Defendng national champion Fighting Irish reload their roster in search of their second consecutive NCAA title.

    02/12/2011

    2/12 Fencing vs. Chicago, Illinois, and Michigan State

    Notre Dame Fencing competed against the club teams of Chicago, Illinois, and Michigan State on February 12th.

    HONORS AND AWARDS:
    Honorable Mention All-MFC (2011)

    AS A SENIOR: Competed in two meets for the Irish as an epeeist, finishing the season 10-9 ... at Duke Duals, won first bout against Penn State's Ana Couthino, 5-2 ... at Notre Dame Duals, logged a 9-3 mark ...won two bouts by forfeit against Cleveland State ... narrowly lost 5-4 to Wayne State's Rachel Davis ... bested all three combatants from Detroit, winning by scores of 5-1, 5-4 and 5-1 against Lauren Snarski, Paige Zmudczyinski, and Kaylah Berndt respectively ... went 2-1 against Lawrence, closely being out-touched by Mariah Wilkerson, 5-4 ... finished the day split against Air Force, losing to Olivia Prosseda 5-2 but winning 5-3 against Jessica Steuber ... at Midwest Fencing Conference (MFC) Championships, placed 20th in the 54-woman field to finish her career with the Irish.

    AS A JUNIOR: Competed in four dual events for the Irish ... posted a 16-21 record on the year in the epee ... picked up a 5-4 bout victory over No. 5 Columbia's Natalie Gegan at the St. John's Duals ... gathered a 5-1 bout victory over Christina Lai from host NYU at the NYU Duals, and captured a 5-3 victory over Yale's Margaret Kandel ... produced an 8-6 record at the Notre Dame Duals ... posted a 5-7 record at the Northwestern Duals, taking down members of Cal Tech and Stanford 2-1 in head-to-head bouts.

    AS A SOPHOMORE: Made permanent switch from foil to epee prior to season ... finished year with a record of 33-20 ... earned second monogram ... opened year with a 1-4 showing at the NYU Invitational, securing lone victory against Yale with a 5-1 triumph over Allison Barton ... competed in 22 bouts at the Notre Dame Duals, finishing with a record of 16-6 in those contests ... opened event going 2-1 against Lawrence ... clinched epee point for Irish against Florida, dispatching Vanessa Welsh 5-0 ... also finished with an overall record of 3-0 in that contest ... earned epee-clinching victory in following match against Air Force, defeating Olivia Prosseda 5-2 ... against Swarthmore, took to the strip in final epee match with score tied 4-4 and clinched the victory with a 5-3 decision over Jing Yi Ng ... also clinched epee against Wayne State, defeating Charlotte Reed 5-3 ... reached double-digit wins the following day at the Northwestern Duals, finishing with a mark of 10-3 ... posted perfect 3-0 dockets against both UC San Diego and Cal Tech ... clinched the overall match win against UC San Diego after taking down Amy Bianchini on the final touch, 5-4 ... clinched the epee in following match against Cal Tech, defeating Jessica Davis 5-3 ... ended regular season with a 6-3 showing at the Irish Duals, including going 3-0 against Illinois ... clinched the overall victory against Michigan State with a 5-1 triumph over Jordan Crandell ... placed 12th at the Midwest Fencing Conference Championships, good for third team all-MFC honors ... also helped epee squad claim the team weapon title the following day en route to the Irish sweeping all six weapons for the first time since the conference formed ... named recipient of the DeCicco-Langford Award, recognizing inspiration and dedication to the team.

    AS A FRESHMAN: Concluded first year with the team with a record of 40-8 in foil in helping the women post a perfect 35-0 ledger on the season ... opened the season with a 3-1 mark at the NYU Invitational, going 1-0 against Yale and 2-1 against NYU ... also clinched the foil victory for the Irish over NYU with her 5-0 win over Rebecca Baird-Remba ... put together a record of 18-6 at the Northwestern Duals, including perfect 3-0 ledgers against Johns Hopkins, Lawrence, Detroit and Cleveland State ... posted a perfect 19-0 record at the Notre Dame Duals, going 3-0 against Lawrence, Michigan State, Illinois, Chicago, Cleveland State and Purdue ... clinched the foil win against Illinois, defeating Stefanie Engstrom 5-2 and in next match clinched the foil over Chicago with a 5-0 blanking of Axelle Clochard ... clinched foil over Purdue with a 5-1 win over Kendra McPheeters ... placed 14th at the Midwest Fencing Conference Championships ... went 5-1 in pool play with a +16 indicator, earning the 14th seed in direct elimination table ... posted wins over Hali Schatz (15-1) and Emily Bruhl (15-14) before falling to teammate Hayley Reese (15-0) in the quarterfinals.

    PREP & PERSONAL: Attended Albany High School in Albany, Calif., where she participated in track and field and cross country ... lettered in each during both her freshman and sophomore years ... daughter of Greg and Elizabeth Messersmith ... father played varsity football and rugby at the University of Washburn ... has one sibling, Alexis ... graduated from the Mendoza College of Business with a degree in management consulting in May of 2013.

    Messersmith's Career Record

    Year W L Pct. NCAA Finish
    2010 (foil)
    40 8 .833 --
    2011 (epee) 33 20 .622 --
    2012 (epee) 16 21 .432 --
    Career 89 49 .645 --
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