Columbia Women’s Foil Duo To Chase Olympic Glory

On Saturday, July 28 the Columbia duo of Nzingha Prescod and Nicole Ross will take to the strips for the start of the women’s individual foil tournament, which will culminate with the gold medal bout at 2:40 p.m.

Prescod will be a sophomore at Columbia this fall after taking the past year off from school, while Ross is a 2012 graduate. They qualified in April at the Division I National Championships and will each be appearing in the Olympics for the first time.

Ross won the 2010 women’s foil NCAA National Championship and was a three-time All-American from 2008-10. Prescod went 16-2 at her first Ivy League Round-Robin (2011) to claim All-Ivy first team honors and was also voted the women’s Most Outstanding Rookie by the League’s head coaches.

Both Ross (No. 23 seed) and Prescod (No. 17 seed) have byes into the round of 32. Ross is slated to face Tunisia’s Ines Boubakri, while Prescod will take on Hungary’s Aida Mohamed in the round of 32.

At the 2008 Beijing Games, four Ivy athletes combined to win five medals in fencing.  Yale’s Sada Jacobson captured a bronze in women’s team sabre and a silver in individual sabre. Harvard’s Emily Cross and Columbia’s Erinn Smart were part of the silver medal-winning women’s foil team and Columbia’s James Williams won a silver in team sabre as part of the U.S. squad.

Women’s foil will be broadcast from 9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. (ET) and 4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. on MSNBC. The women’s individual foil field and approximate bout times are listed here:
Women’s Individual Foil

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