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  • 10/03/18--08:34: Cycling Does Well in Potsdam
  • Cycling Does Well in PotsdamThe Army Cycling Team had another race in beautiful Potsdam, NY recently. Riders flew up and down fluid trails at Clarkson University. The team killed it (again) with more than ten, top ten finishes across the board and a win from CDT Aidan Doyle.


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    CDT Matt Plunkett '19Firstie Matt Plunkett went undefeated on the weekend in Army's 8-3 victory over Navy to earn the Black Knights the Star. Plunkett was teamed up with Justin Williamson on Saturday to win their match 2-up over Navy which helped Army jump out to a 3.5-0.5 lead after day one of four-ball competition. He followed his group play with Williamson with an impressive come-from-behind win on Sunday in singles play. He found himself down after the 11th hole and clawed his way back and was 1-up going into the 17th hole. He squared that hole and then in dramatic fashion dropped a 50-foot putt on the 18th to win 2-up and helped Army clinch the Star for the sixth time in the last seven years. Plunkett and the golf team are back in action on Oct. 8 and 9 at the Jerry Pate Invitational at the University of Alabama.


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  • 10/04/18--08:40: Crew at the Rumson Boat Race
  • Crew at the Rumson Boat RaceThe Crew team raced at the Rumson Boat Race in Rumson, New Jersey. The season kick off allowed the MV8+, M2V8+, WV8+ and W2V8+ their first chance to compete against teams they will continue to race against this season.


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    Boxing at the Mid-Town Throw DownThe Army Boxing Team participated in the Mid-Town Throw Down. The winners from this event were: Carlan Ivey, Ben Radcliff, Shane Ferry, Isiah Ortiz, A. J. Farrow - Maynie, and Janel Tracy.


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    Society of American Military Engineers Harbor InspectionFaculty from the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering took 16 Cadets from nine departments including two exchange Cadets from Brazil to spend time with the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) on their daily New York Harbor Inspection. COL Tom Asbery, Commander of the USACE New York District, discussed the capabilities of USACE with a focus on maintaining our nation’s waterways with the USMA Student Chapter of the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME). COL Asbery mentioned the strategic importance of the New York City harbor, current and future operations by USACE in support of New York City, and assignments in the Engineer Branch. Participation in this event enabled enrichment of West Point’s interaction with New York City.


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    CDT Tyler Mitchiner '20An early second half score by cow Tyler Mitchiner helped propel the Army West Point men's soccer team to a 1-0 Patriot League victory over Lafayette on Wednesday night at Malek Stadium at Clinton Field.

    The Black Knights (4-5-1, 1-2 Patriot League) secured their first league win of the season and the second consecutive victory against the Leopards (4-4-2, 0-2-1 Patriot League).

    Mitchiner's goal turned out to be all the Cadets needed on the night as the defense held strong against the Lafayette offensive attack. Justin Stoll tallied four saves in between the pipes in a shutout performance. Read More


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    Pond Mountain National Orienteering Meet in KentThe Orienteering Team competed in the Pond Mountain National Meet in Kent, CT. The meet consisted of a one-day competition which involved one 'classic' course through the rocky terrain of Macedonia Brook State Park. The team had an incredible weekend as they competed in their first national ranking event of the season. Individually, CDTs Kevin Wolgast and Justin Augustine did great as they both placed in the top of their individual categories.


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    Pipes and Drums Participate in the Highland GamesThe USCC Pipes and Drums band participated in the opening and closing ceremonies, as well as in a band competition, where it received several pieces of valuable feedback from judges. The cadets had a great time talking to other bands, performers and competitors at the Highland games and were able to watch several other competitions to include dancing, caber tossing, and shot put.


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    The Westchester Triathlon in Rye, NYThe West Point Triathlon traveled to Rye, NY, to compete in the Westchester Triathlon. Held at Playland Park, the Olympic distance event consisted of a one-mile swim, a 25 mile bike, and a 6.2 mile run. The Westchester Tri was the last race in the fall Collegiate Conference series and Army once again claimed the Northeast Collegiate Triathlon Conference title. Cadet Thatcher Shepard finished second place over-all in the men's race with a total time of 2:07:39. Cadets Blake Rhymes, Wolfgang Drake, Hunter Cochran, and Thom-as Batt all placed in the top ten as well. For the women, Cadet Payton Boylston won the Collegiate Female Division with a time of 2:28:28 while Hannah White finished third in the Division as well. One of the team OICs also competed in the event. CPT Scott Lynch completed the race finishing 39th out of 605 in his age group. The Army West Point Triathlon team sent 4 cadets to the Ironman 70.3 Atlantic City race last month. The race consisted of a 1.2-mile open water swim, a 56-mile bike and a 13.1-mile run. The team had great success with all four cadets finishing in the top 10 in their divisions and three of the four on the podium. This was the first 70.3 race for three of the four cadets. CDT Gabe Fuhrman '21 was 2nd in the men's 18-24 division while CDT Katie Harris '20 and CDT Sarah Martin '21 were 2nd and 5th in the women's 18-24 division. Both Fuhrman and Harris earned qualification spots to the Ironman 70.3 World Championships in the fall of 2019.


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    CDT Anant Mundra '21Army men's tennis wrapped up the Farnsworth Invitational Sunday with a strong showing, particularly in doubles play. The Black Knights went a perfect 3-0 in doubles action, bringing their overall record to 8-4 over the three days. Myles Conlin continued to impress in singles, finishing with a 3-1 record overall.

    Myles Conlin (Army West Point) def. Lars Schouten (Marist), w/0. Nikita Larichev (Army West Point) def. Jack Sequerth (Marist), 6-2, 6-3. Army will travel back to New Jersey next week, as the Black Knights will compete in the ITA Northeast Regionals Oct. 11-16. Read More


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  • 10/09/18--08:24: Pistol Steel Challenge Match
  • This was the Pistol Team's first opportunity to shoot a steel challenge match since last April. It was an important training event to prepare for Scholastic Action Shooting Program Nationals. Plebe Ethan Wilson shot the Team high of 151.26 seconds to finish 11th out of 50 in Production Class. Firsties Brandon Hottois and Eric Dragland finshed 23rd and 25th with times of 176.43 and 177.9 seconds, respectively.


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    Lake Frederick Fly Fishing ClinicTen cadets went to the Lake Frederick area for a fly fishing clinic. After using club meetings to practice fly casting in Arvin Gym and learn fly tying, these cadets put those new skills into action on the water. Three cadets caught their first fish on a fly rod. Other new experiences were catching new species of fish, catching fish on a fly they tied, and catching fish from a boat. Longtime external supporter of the club Leigh Oliva volunteered his time to work with all the cadets at the clinic.


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    CDT MaryJo Pidgeon '22The Army West Point women's tennis team concluded the Lehigh Invitational on Sunday. The Black Knights won a combined 12 matches after going 11-3 in singles play and 1-2 in doubles action. On the weekend, Army was 23-9 overall, 16-6 in singles and 7-3 in doubles.

    Paula Gonzalez/Sibel Can def. Danna Funaro/Gloria Son, 6-4. Leigh Friedman/Elizabeth Nowak def. Sasha Inchauste/Hannah Boubel, 7-6 (5). Paola Bou/MaryJo Pidgeon def. Grace Lin/Casey Zhong, 6-2.

    MaryJo Pidgeon was the lone Cadet to go undefeated on the weekend, going 3-0 in singles and 2-0 in doubles. The Black Knights will conclude the fall season at the ITA Northeast Regionals and Loyola Invite next weekend. Read More


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    Vietnamese-American Forum H.S. OutreachSupported by the Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Equal Opportunity, Cadets from Vietnamese-American Cadet Association traveled to Westminster and Garden Grove in California recently to engage in outreach to high schools and to conduct oral history interviews with Vietnamese Veterans. They visited four high schools, speaking with over 500 students about the opportunities offered by the United States Military Academy. Cadets spoke to both large groups of students, where they presented information provided by the West Point Admissions Office, and to interested individuals. Conversations ranged from academics to Cadet daily schedules, athletics, and opportunities for service in the military. We also talked with teachers, administrators, and guidance counselors. We then visited the Museum of the Republic of Vietnam Armed Forces and talked with one of the directors about the history of the South Vietnamese Military. Finally, each cadet had the opportunity to interview a Vietnamese Veteran about his childhood in Vietnam, service in the military, journey to America, and acceptance into a new country and community. One cadet interviewed a Vietnamese-American immigrant who graduated from West Point in 1986 and was the first Vietnamese-born U.S. Army Officer to serve in Hanoi as the Senior Defense Official. These interviews gave cadets the opportunity to develop a better understanding of the immigrant community, and a cultural and societal view of the Vietnam War from the Vietnamese perspective. This trip was a success, increasing awareness about West Point and educating cadets about a little-known aspect of their own heritage.


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    Men's Swim & Dive Wins TYR Fall ClassicThe Army West Point men's swim and dive team won five events to close out the weekend en route to a first-place finish at the TYR Fall Classic at the Biscayne Bay Aquatic Center. The 493.5 points compiled by the Black Knights was a 40-point improvement from last year's total at the meet. Grand Canyon finished behind the Cadets with 478 points, while George Washington (440.5), TCU (407) and Florida Atlantic (369) rounded out the top-five team scores.

    The final day began with Brian McKenrick, Ty Dang, Johnny Ellery and Josh Zock posting a third-place finish in the 200 medley relay (1:33.67) Tom Ottman won Army's first event of the afternoon once he touched the wall at 4:30.80 in the 500 free. After winning the 100 breast on day one, Dang secured the top time in the 200 breast by besting the competition with his time of 2:03.88. Kevin Doo secured the win in the 100 free (45.52) after winning the B-Final in the 100 breast earlier in the day at 2:04.83. In the 200 fly, it was Ellery who finished first in the field after he touched the wall at 1:50.74. Jay Yang was the top finisher for the Cadets in the 200 back, placing third at 1:52.20, before tying with Dayne Odendaal of TCU for the win in the 200 IM (1:52.58). Kevin Lin won the B-Finals in the 500 free (4:33.65) and the 200 fly (1:53.49). Nathan Hein, Doo, Zock and Ottman wrapped up the swimming events with a second-place showing in the 400 free relay (3:03.86). On the 1-meter board, Hudson Kay compiled the fourth-best score of 232.05. Read More


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    Jeff Monken Press Conference Quotes: San Jose St.Army West Point football head coach Jeff Monken met with members of the local media on Tuesday afternoon for his weekly press conference inside Nowak Auditorium.

    The Black Knights after ending their three-game road swing with a visit to Levi's Stadium for a 3:30 p.m. Eastern kickoff against San Jose State.

    (Ref.: Opening statement)
    "We are coming off our bye week. I thought it was a productive week for us, I thought our guys practiced really hard. We were able to do some things that we had not done since camp. That happens as you start to get into game preparation and you focus on the team you're getting ready to play.

    Certainly, we did a lot of San Jose stuff in terms of our defense on their offensive schemes and special teams, but we were able to go back and hit on some things that in preseason camp we cover, scenarios that may come up during the season, but you kind of push them to the back burner. It may just be a special teams situation, for us on offense, certainly [facing] some different fronts that oftentimes pop up and you're not expecting. We got some good work in running the ball and protecting the passer versus those looks and then defensively, to again go back and hit some of the option game that we don't get a chance to defend as we're preparing from week to week. We took some periods each day and did some of that. Read More


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    CDT Justin Williamson '20Cow Justin Williamson fired a 3-under 67 on the final day at the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate at Alabama to help the Army West Point golf team finish 11th after the third round. The Black Knights finished with a team score of 304-299-296—899 (+59) during the three rounds of the tournament. Army improved each round and concluded the events with a 296 (+16) on the third day of competition to move up a spot on the leaderboard. Alabama took home the title with a 12-under team score.

    Williamson continued his great play on Tuesday and his third-round score of 67 (-3) was tied for the best round of the day. Williamson closed out his final round with three birdies on the final four holes and had a 2-under back nine performance. He moved up 10 spots thanks to that third round and finished the tournament with an even par 210. Arkansas' Julian Perico took home the individual title by leading after both days and shot a 2-under 68 on the final day to finish 13-under par for the tournament.

    Next up for the Black Knights is the 2018 Bush Cup at SMU in Dallas. The teams will tie off on Oct. 18 for the one-day event.


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    Equestrian Schooling Show in Saddle RiverThe Army West Point Equestrian Team started their season off strong with a schooling show at Saddle River Equestrian Center in Chestnut Ridge, NY. The team competed against a variety of different competitors from all age groups and experience levels. Some of the most notable placings are as follows: Matilda Brady ’19 won both her 2’6 equitation jumping class and her 2’6 Medal equitation jumping class, Anna Jerald ’21 earned second in her 2’6 equitation jumping class and third in her 2’6 Medal equitation jumping class, Madyson Paul ’21 placed second and third in two consecutive equitation jumping classes, Taqi Iftikar ’20 won his walk-trot-canter division, Cira Wolf ’20 placed second in her walk-trot-canter division, Emma Lawson ’21 won her walk-trot division, and Victoria Kearns ’22 and Kirby Horne ’22 both placed second in their walk-trot classes. The weekend demonstrated that this year’s equestrian team is going to prove to be a formidable opponent in the coming weeks. Both new and old team members represented the team and West Point exceptionally, and they look forward to continued success in the coming months.


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    LTC Pfluger Publishes Article in the Journal of Cleaner ProductionLTC Andrew Pfluger, in collaboration with Dr. Linda Figueroa, and with co-authors Jason Coontz, Veronika Zhiteneva, Teigan Gulliver, Lisa Cherry, and Liam Cavanaugh from the Colorado School of Mines, published an article in the Journal of Cleaner Production titled “Anaerobic digestion and biogas beneficial use at municipal wastewater treatment facilities in Colorado: A case study examining barriers to widespread implementation”. In 2004 the state of Colorado became the first state in the U.S. to implement a renewable energy standard. Electrical utilities have met the state's energy goals using a combination of wind, hydroelectric, and solar power, while giving relatively little consideration to biogas generated from domestic wastewater treatment (i.e., biomass accounts for < 0.1% of renewable energy used in Colorado). An examination of wastewater treatment facilities designed to treat flowrates >7570 m3d-1 indicates that energy generated from the anaerobic digestion of wastewater sludge and combined heat and power technologies is limited in Colorado. At the time of this study, only 39% of examined facilities used anaerobic digestion and only 4 of 24 anaerobic digestion facilities actively employed combined heat and power. Barriers to widespread implementation of anaerobic digestion and combined heat and power were primarily associated with costs, e.g., infrastructure or equipment capital costs; however, other barriers were identified, including: effectiveness of available grant and loan programs, state-level regulations, electric utility rate structures, the influence of local decision-making authorities, and a reluctance by wastewater treatment facilities to change sludge digestion practices. Read More.


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    Water Polo Tournament at VillanovaArmy Water Polo travelled to Philadelphia recently to compete in a tournament at Villanova. The Army team arrived on Friday and went immediately to the pool to play their first game against Villanova. Villanova was off to a quick start and scored three goals in the first quarter while they held the Army team to zero. Jinwon Heo helped to turn the tide as he scored the first goal of the game for Army, sparking a four-goal streak. Unfortunately, Villanova held Army off just long enough to end the game in a 10-7 loss for Army. Army came back on Saturday ready to win. They took on the University of Maryland for their first game. They won in a hard-fought game with a final score of Army 8, Maryland 6. Army's third and final game was against the University of Pennsylvania. Army dominated the field and ended with a score of 9-2. Even the goalie, Jeff Stark, got in on the action with an impressive shot over the UPenn goalkeepers head. In the fourth quarter, Patrick Cowley had the chance to take over goal and performed well with several saves.


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