UND Roster

2012-13 Fencing Roster

Phenix Messersmith


Height 5'3''
Class Freshman
Hometown El Cerrito, CA
High School Albany High School

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[apos]s Natalie Gegan at the St. John[apos]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[apos]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[apos]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