A two-time Olympian and Brooklyn native, Prescod became the first African-American woman to win an individual medal at the Senior World Championships when she took bronze in 2015.

Prescod hails from the well-regarded Peter Westbrook Foundation, an organization dedicated to bringing the art of fencing to the inner-city youth of New York, where she has been fencing since she was nine years old.


A graduate of New York City’s highly acclaimed Stuyvesant High School, she has always dedicated her time to dually excelling in school and fencing and graduated from Columbia University with a degree in political science with a concentration in race and ethnicity.

Prescod displayed an extraordinary talent for the sport at a very young age, winning her first


Youth 10 national competition in 2003. By the age of 15, Prescod was ranked in the top five of the Senior division, among the nation’s elite and Olympic women’s foilists. In the same year, 2008, Prescod won her first Cadet (under-17) World Championship and followed up the next year with her second World Championship title. In 2011, she continued her dominance on the world stage with another World Championship win in the Junior (under-20) category.


That same year, Prescod was also featured in Essence magazine as part of the Work & Wealth Power List, with First Lady Michelle Obama gracing the cover. Prescod has since been featured in national and international media, most recently being included in the 2016 ESPN Body Issue.

Prescod qualified for the London Olympic Games at just 19 and returned to the pinnacle of fencing competition in Rio at 23 where she finished 11th.



2008 Ivy League Champion (Columbia University)

2009 Junior Team World Champion

2010 NCAA Individual Champion (Columbia University)

2012 Olympic Team

2016 Cancun World Cup Bronze Medalist

2016 St. Maur World Cup Silver Medalist

2016 Turin Grand Prix Silver Medalist

2017 Senior World Champion Team Silver Medal

3-time All American (Columbia University)

8-time U.S. Senior World Team Member

Ranked as high as #4 in the world (May, 2017)

Currently ranked #7 in the world and #1 in the United States


Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School, 2007

Columbia University, B.A. Art History, 2013


• Born and raised in New York City

• Coached by Simon and Irene Gershon, and Soren Thompson

• Currently Head Assistant Coach of the Cornell University Fencing Team

• Represents the New York Athletic Club

• Womens Foil representative to the USA Fencing Athlete Advisory Council

• Previously work experience in finance (Lord Abbett & Co.), marketing (Adecco Group), and education (Success Academy)

• Deeply passionate about education and coaching children and young adults from diverse backgrounds

• Currently training for Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games


• Twitter/Instagram @Nicoleross_USA


At age 16, it became clear that Dagmara had the skills to become one of the best fencers in the United States and she had to move on across the river into NYC at the Manhattan Fencing Center so that she could continue to get better and try to make it to the US National Fencing Team program. Many of the best US male and female fencers train out of this facility.


Her hardwork paid off when in 2005 she became a member of the youngest national team USA Fencing offered, it’s Cadet World Team.In the subsequent years, Dagmara has continuously progressed up the national rankings and graduated to the Junior World Team in 2006 and ultimately to the Senior World Team in 2009 where she is currently ranked #2 in the United States and #7 in the World as an individual saber fencer.Her first brush with the Olympic Games came in 2008, when she was selected as an alternate for the US team. She travelled to the Games, but did not compete.


Dagmara’s journey certainly was fueled over the next four years to make sure she would not be left on the bench again. 3 of her US teammates won medals during that run.For 2012, she earned her opportunity to compete in London for Team USA. Representing the United States, her adopted land has been very important for her personal journey and putting up the best result she can for the place that nurtured her journey.


She finished just shy of a medal but that will not stop her. Dagmara graduated from St John’s University in 2013 and continued her training for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro. There she won her first Olympic bronze medal with her US Team in the women’s saber team competition. Currently she is training for Tokyo 2020.


Twelve in total;

Eight (2007, 2009 – present) – Sr World Team

Three (2006-2008) – Jr World Team

One (2005) – Cadet World Team


2008 BEIJING – Alternate, Did Not Compete

2012 LONDON – 8th Place Individual

2016 RIO DE JANEIRO – Indvidual 24th, Team BRONZE


2015 Pan American Championships – SILVER- (Individ.)

2015 World Championships – BRONZE (Team)

2015 World Cup – Athens – BRONZE (Individ and Team)

2014 World Championships – GOLD (Team)

2014 World Cup – Orleans – BRONZE (Individ.)

2014 World Cup – Gent – BRONZE (Individ.)

2013 Pan American Championships- GOLD (Team)

2013 Pan American Championships – BRONZE (Individ.)

2013 World Championships – BRONZE (Team event)

2012 World Cup – Gent – GOLD (Team event)

2012 World Cup – Bologna – SILVER (Team)

2012 World Championships – BRONZE (Team)

2011 Pan American Championships GOLD (Team)

2011 World Championships – BRONZE (Team)

2011 World Cup – Gent – SILVER (Individual Saber)

2010 Pan American Championships GOLD (Team)

2010 Pan American Championships BRONZE (Individ.)

2009 Pan American Championships GOLD (Team)

2008 Jr. World Championships SILVER (Team)

2007 Jr World Championships BRONZE (Team)

2006 Jr World Championships GOLD (Team)


2015 Pan Am Games – Gold (Individual and Team)

2011 Pan Am Games – GOLD (Team event)


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