Three Nittany Lion Women Finish the Day Within the Top Ten of Their Events
LION CAREER: 2012-13: While serving as a team captain this year, Russo compiled an impressive 51-23 record. She placed seventh at the Mid-Atlantic/South Regional to earn her first trip to the NCAA Championships. She earned her first All-American status at the Championships by winning 15 bouts and placing seventh. The redshirt junior had nine 3-0 performances that came against Sacred Heart, Vassar, Harvard (twice), Drew, UPenn, Haverford, Columbia, and St. John's. She also finished in 14th place at this year's Garret Open.
2011-12: Russo went 28-20 during her Junior campaign to qualify for the Mid-Atlantic/South Regional. At the regional, she claimed 13th place. She had 3-0 performances against NYU, Temple(1/28), Penn, and North Carolina(1/28). She also went 2-1 against North Carolina(1/21), Brandeis, St. John's, and Temple(2/25). She went 1-0 against Vassar. Russo placed 8th at the Garret Open, hosted by Penn State.
2010-11: Russo redshirted this season.
2009-10: Russo posted a 14-4 record in her first season of collegiate action. She also earned herself an alternate spot for the Mid Atlantic/ South Regionals.
High school teammate of fellow incoming freshman Deanna Loffredo, Russo comes to Penn State from Wayne, N.J., and Wayne Valley High School. Russo was a three-time first team All-State selection and was featured in Sports Illustrated's Faces in the Crowd. She helped guide WVHS to two county titles and was the first junior in WVHS history to win a state title. Enrolled in the Liberal Arts program as a freshman, Russo is considering a biology major.