Cartagena, Colombia – Columbia fencers Nzingha Prescod and Margaret Lu were key factors in leading the U.S. Women’s Foil team to a gold medal at the Pan American Championships this week, earning silver and bronze medals, respectively.

“Nzingha and Margaret have been training very hard since the NCAA season, and their solid performances show for it,” stated Columbia head fencing coach Michael Aufrichtig. “I look forward to watching them at the World Championships in Budapest this August.”

Team USA dominated the individual competition with a 1-2-3 finish in the foil to secure the gold, led by Lee Kiefer’s first-place performance.

Former Columbia standout Nicole Ross (‘13CC) also played a large part in the victory with a fifth place individual finish. On the men’s side of the competition, Jeff Spear (‘10CC) earned a solid 11th place finish in the individual sabre.

Team USA earned the top seed and earned a bye into the quarterfinals where Prescod and Lu were among the starting lineup for against Puerto Rico. Ross (CC’13) fenced the final bout as the anchor and finished off the match with a win for Team USA, 45-10. 

In the semifinal round, Team USA held Venezuela to an average of two touches per bout as Prescod anchored the team to a 45-18 victory.

Team USA captured the gold medal with a finals win against Canada, 38-36, notching its eighth straight Pan American Championship title.

Women’s Individual Foil Results:
1. Lee Kiefer
2. Nzingha Prescod
3. Margaret Lu
5. Nicole Ross (‘13CC)

Men’s Individual Saber Results:
1. Renzo Agresta
2. Aleksander Ochocki
3. Philippe Beaudry
3. Daryl Homer
11. Jeff Spear (‘10CC)