Fencers Bring Home Top Finishes in World Cups
NEW YORK - Several members of the Columbia women's fencing team notched solid performances in Junior and Senior World Cups last weekend in non-collegiate action.
First-year Jackie Dubrovich headlined the weekend for Columbia fencers with a bronze medal finish at the Lyon Junior Foil World Cup in France on Saturday, marking her second podium finish of the season on the Junior World Cup circuit.
London XXX Olympian and Columbia junior Nzingha Prescod opened the international women's foil season with a 12th place finish at the Gdansk Grand Prix in Poland on Saturday. The top 16-finish did not come without a challenge, as Prescod was pitted against her own classmate, first-year Margaret Lu, in the table of 32. Prescod ultimately won the bout, 15-9, as Lu finished with a coveted top-32 finish, coming in 21st overall.
First-year Sarah Gruman also had a strong finish at the Coupe du Monde Junior World Cup, placing eighth overall in women's sabre.
"This weekend of amazing world cup results shows how our fencing program not only strives to succeed in the NCAA's but also supports our athletes world team dreams," said Columbia head fencing coach Michael. "I am really excited when our athletes do well after all of the effort they put into their fencing."
Monde Junior World Cup, Lyon, France (90 fencers)
3rd - Jackie Dubrovich
Monde Junior World Cup Women's Sabre, Phoenix, Ariz.
8th - Sarah Gruman