Iman Blow Wins Individual Women's Foil NCAA Championship

COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY ATHLETICS

COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY ATHLETICS

The junior defeated Notre Dame's Sabrina Massialas in the final, 15-13, to take home the top prize. Blow becomes the 36th individual NCAA Champion in Columbia history, and the first since Jake Hoyle won the men's epee title in 2016. She is the first women's fencer to win an individual title since Nicole Ross won the foil championship in 2010, and just the third women's foil NCAA Champion in Columbia history. Read the article here.

Olympic fencer Daryl Homer went to prison to coach young offenders

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"I grew up in the Bronx," said the two-time Olympic medalist. "But this was a totally different experience. It was my first time in a prison. It was my first time seeing young people in a prison. I started in a program that used fencing as means to give children opportunity, and to better their lives," he told CNN.

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On the Road to Rio

Peter Westbrook Foundation Olympic Hopefuls (from left to right): Yeisser Ramirez, Ibtihaj Muhammad, Nzingha Prescod and Ben Bratton

In July, PWF proudly sent four athletes to the 2015 Senior World Fencing Championships in Moscow.  Ben Bratton, Ibtihaj Muhammad, Nzingha Prescod and Yeisser Ramirez were among U.S. National Team fencers who helped the U.S. bring home five medals—the most in the history of the event for any American team.

Competition highlights included Muhammad and her fellow women’s sabre teammates winning the bronze medal, and a historic victory for Prescod. At 22, Prescod was the youngest fencer to compete in the semifinals, and became the first African-American woman to medal at the World Championships, earning the bronze.

Following their success in Moscow, PWF national team athletes were off to Toronto for the 2015 Pan American Games. There, Muhammad won the gold medal in the women’s sabre team event; Prescod, as well as Bratton and Ramirez, captured silver medals in the women’s foil team and men’s epee team events, respectively.

Peter Westbrook and the entire PWF family congratulate these athletes on their accomplishments, and are thrilled to offer continued support as they embark on their journeys to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.