RENO, Nev. -- Five Columbians, both current fencers and recent graduates, were extremely successful during the most recent Pan American Championships, an Olympic qualifying event.

Nzingha Prescod '14CC placed third in women's foil at the event and Columbia assistant coach Daria Schneider '10CC also finished third in women's sabre, capping the individual competition.

In team competition, all five Columbians who competed helped lead their teams to gold medals.  Prescod teamed with Nicole Ross '11CC to help the United States women's foil team defeat Canada 45-31 in the gold medal round.

Schneider was part of the United States women's sabre team that defeated Venezuela 45-29 in the gold medal round.

On the men's side, Jeff Spear '10CC and James Williams '07CC, a silver medalist at the 2008 Olympics, helped lead the United States men's sabre squad to a gold medal, defeating Canada 45-32.

The United States ultimately swept all 12 gold medals awarded during the six-day event.  The last two gold medals of the Pan Ams marked the first time in history that a U.S. Team has swept the gold medals at a Zonal Championships.

“They brought their best performances all week. They peaked at the right time and this is a fantastic indicator of the level of talent of all of our teams and gives us a level of confidence going into the World Championships in Catania in October,” said USA Fencing Executive Director Greg Dilworth.

Courtesy of USFencing.org