COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Columbia's Nzingha Prescod was part of Team USA that placed sixth at the St. Petersburg Women's Foil World Cup in Russia earlier this week.
Competing in the second team tournament of the Olympic qualifying season, Prescod and the three other members of Team USA – Lee Kiefer, Margaret Lu and Ambika Singh – won the opening bout against Canada 45-38, in the table of 16 which allowed the United States to hold onto its lead over Canada in the qualifying rankings.
In the table of eight, Poland, the reigning World silver medalists, defeated Team USA 45-34. Team USA dropped down to the 5th – 8th place bracket where the women defeated Hungary in overtime as Prescod scored the last touch to win the bout, 40-39.
In the next bout, Team USA fell to Germany, 39-30, to finish sixth.
The team event followed two days of individual competition in which Columbia's Nicole Ross earned the top finish for Team USA as she placed 26th.
Ross was one of five U.S. athletes to qualify for the table of 64, but the only one to advance to the table of 32. After advancing directly from the pools with a 5-1 record, Ross won her opening bout against Gaelle Gebet of France, 15-9, but lost her second bout to two-time World medalist Hyun-Hee Nam of South Korea, 15-9.
Like Ross, Prescod also posted a 5-1 record in the pools, but the reigning Junior World Champion placed 42nd after a 13-9 loss to Diana Yakovleva of Russia.