Margaret Lu ’17, Nzingha Prescod ’15 and Nicole Ross ’13 helped the United States win a silver medal in the team foil event at the 2017 World Fencing Championships in Leipzig, Germany, on July 24. It was the best result for the U.S. women in world championships history. The U.S. squad beat Argentina and China in the first two rounds and edged Russia 45–42 in the semifinals before losing in the final round to Italy by a 45–25 margin. It was the Italians’ sixth Senior World title in the last eight years. Lu, who won Junior World medals with Prescod and U.S. National teammate Lee Kiefer, was thrilled by winning silver at the Senior Worlds. “It’s almost indescribable,” she said. “It’s huge. It’s one of the biggest events in our sport in the world, so to get a silver medal here is great.” Ross, who competed in the 2012 London Olympics, echoed that sentiment, saying, “We’ve been working on beating these top teams for a long time and it was very gratifying to have it come together.” Prescod, a two-time Olympian, was a late addition to the team after Sabrina Massialas was injured in the individual competition. “I was at orientation in Atlanta for my new job at Ernst & Young for six days, so I was mostly concerned about what my bosses would say on my first week leaving to go to a fencing competition,” Prescod said with a laugh.
Katie Meili ’13, who won a bronze medal at the Rio Olympics a year ago, won the silver medal in the 100m breaststroke at the 2017 World Swimming Championships in Budapest on July 25. Olympic gold medalist Lilly King of the United States won the event in a world record time of 1:04.13, but Meili rallied in the final strokes to edge Olympic silver medalist Yuliya Efimova of Russia for the silver medal, finishing in 1:05.03 to Efimova’s 1:05.05. Jessica Antiles ’19 won a silver medal in the 400m individual medley and a bronze medal in the 200m individual medley, both at the 2017 Maccabiah Games, a quadrennial, international Jewish and Israeli multi-sport event held July 4–18 in Israel. In addition, Antiles finished fourth in the 200m backstroke and 100m breaststroke.
Christine Kim ’20 won the gold medal in the junior recurve and Sophia Strachan ’20 won the bronze medal in the junior compound in the U.S. National Target Championships August 4–6 in Westfield, Ind. Kim defeated Gwendolynn Murphy 6–4 in the final of the junior recurve while Strachan edged Samantha Taylor 144–142 for third place in the final of the junior compound.
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