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    The USMA Scuba team conducted AY15-16’s fourth and final NAUI Open Water Certification trip to Dutch Springs, PA. This trip section included 19 students and 17 team members. All of the students conducted the four open water dives needed to complete their Basic Open Water Certification. After serving all four years at USMA on the team, this was the last open water certification trip for the team’s five firsties, CDT’s Derek Wilder, Alexander Hart, Michael Lami, Solomon McGinty and Grant Ringelman.


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    Cadet Meredith Shea and Eric Tao Studying Chinese in Beijing this semester had great opportunities to see two different sides of Chinese Culture. Eric spent the weekend in Xi’An on the side of a mountain (see Photo), while the local tourists had themselves edited into photos on the mountain. Meredith spent the weekend with her Chinese Roommate making and sharing a traditional Chinese meal. Eric pointed out the local tourists are more interested in telling their friends about where they have been rather than the experiences available.


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    The Army West Point Climbing Team took eight cadets to the Shawagunks Mountain Range in New Paltz, NY, to participate in a day of out-door climbing. Cadets on the trip included two new team members whom had never been outdoor climbing before. In the morning, the group made the arduous and complex hike up to the “Lost City” climbing wall. Building on the technical foundations learned in the indoor climbing gym, cadets were able to build anchor points atop the cliff under the supervision of senior team members and then safely rappel down. Utilizing traditional climbing systems, placing gear and building anchors, CDT Freddie Kratz ’19 practiced proper safety gear placement in preparation for his upcoming first lead climb. CDT Justin Black ’18 was exposed to some advanced climbing routes and able to fine-tune his skills in anticipation of the USA Climbing Nationals next week in San Diego, CA.


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    CPT Josh Molgaard spent a few days taking NE300 students to tour the nuclear power plant at Indian Point Energy Center in Buchanan, NY. Cadets had an opportunity to see a commercial nuclear reactor in operation and gain a better understanding of what they’ve been taught in class and how it relates to the real world. The trip was very enlightening and rewarding, as it has been in previous semesters. Our thanks to Entergy, the owner of the facility, for their continued support.


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    PaNE sent three students and two faculty to attend the Nonproliferation Workshop conducted by Oak Ridge National Laboratory. This was an excellent educational experience. It provided the cadets excellent in-depth knowledge of the challenges faced in nonproliferation enforcement as well as expanded the students understanding of radiation detection. The students gained hands-on experience with advanced detection technologies as well as special nuclear material. This course was conducted in an extremely professional manner and was tailored to the particular knowledge base and interest of our audience. This workshop should be extended to all first class cadets enrolled in NE452 and should be modified to best suit that particular audience.


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    The Obstacle Course Racing team competed in the Spartan Citi Field Sprint in New York, NY. The course totaled over three miles, using every level of the stadium with 15+ obstacles. There were a total of 9,000 athletes, to include the top professionals in the Obstacle Course Racing community. The team had four men place in the top 20 and two women place in the top 15 in the Elite Men’s and Women’s divisions. CDT Joshua Bassette led the team through the finish line placing 7th. The top three male racers were CDT’s Joshua Bassette ’16, Daniel Camacho ’16, and Eric Zenger ’17; their times were 7th at 42:01; 10th at 43:33, and 11th at 43:42 respectively. The top two female racers were CDT Rachel Dodaro ’19 and CDT Eva Gould ’19; their times and placements were 13th at 52:53, and 14th at 53:09 respectively.


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    USMA Debate Forum travelled to George Washington University in Washington, D.C., to compete in the 2016 Lafayette Debates. The Lafayette Debates tradition began in 1824 during the “hero’s tour” to the United States of General Marquis de Lafayette, and his son George Washington Lafayette. The Program was revived in 2015 with Army Debate taking home the prized General Lafayette trophy, given to the highest performing military academy. Following this culminating event of the 2016 Spring Season, West Point Debate looks to complete an alumni database and begin preparations for the 2017 season.


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    The Army West Point Triathlon team traveled to Clemson SC to compete in the USA Triathlon Collegiate National Championships on 22 and 23 April 2016. There were 132 colleges and universities represented in the two-day event. The Army team had great performances with CDT Dylan Morgan ’16 placing 4th and CDT Jacob Slife ’18 placing 12th in the men’s draft-legal race. CDT Teresa Groton ’18 placed 8th in the women’s draft-legal race. CDT’s Dylan Morgan ’16, Cat Sedy ’16, Teresa Groton ’18 and Jacob Slife ’18 placed 5th in the mixed-team relay. The team competition was a combined scored from the top draft-legal men’s and women’s score and the top four men’s and women’s score on the Olympic-distance non-draft event. As a team, the men’s team was 6th and the women’s team and the combined overall team placed in the top 10 out of 132. West Point defeated Air Force and Coast Guard head-to-head and was 2nd in the Military award completion just behind Navy.


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    haotic. Wild. Exhausting. Those three words are just a few that Army West Point women's rugby head coach Bill LeClerc and a trio of Cadets use to describe the game of rugby sevens, which will make its debut in the Olympics this summer in Rio. Only seven players are on the field at one time, as opposed to the traditional 15. The fewer competitors open up space for explosive players to utilize their speed. To put it in perspective, sevens is a lot like overtime 3-on-3 for the National Hockey League, allowing a lot of open space and ability to score points. Unique to sevens is the fast-paced sport lasts just 14 minutes, not 80 like traditional rugby. Full Story»


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  • 05/06/16--11:53: Athletic Director's Update
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    Army West Point Athletic Director's Update with Boo Corrigan Director of Athletics


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    Ten cadets from the USMA Cadet Community on Civil Military Operations volunteered at the Newburgh Walk 4 Housing fundraiser in Newburgh, NY. There they served as “Walk Marshalls” directing walkers and traffic to make sure that everyone remained safe. Additionally, they were able to showcase the cadets doing volunteer work in Newburgh. The cadets had several brief conversations with the patrons watching the parade, and received very high praises.


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    The Army West Point Cycling team finished off Week 3 of racing by jumping up to 3rd place overall in the ECCC in Hanover, NH. The weekend was a joint effort between Dartmouth College and University of Vermont. The criterium and ITT were held on Dart-mouth's campus on Saturday, and the rac-es on Sunday were held 1 1/2 hrs away in Burlington, VT. Top finishers for the weekend include CDT Monte He ('19 CAT B) placing 1st in the ITT and 4th in the crit; CDT Jinny Yan ('16 CAT B) 3rd in the ITT and 4th in the road race; CDT Tristan Leo Manderfeld ('17 CAT B) 3rd in the ITT and crit, and CDT Kaitlin Bender ('17 CAT D) 4th in the crit. CDT Kenny Englert ('19 CAT A) had an amazing finish in the Men A crit, finishing 6th overall. This week was the first week for the ITT and the team performed very well. The Men A team placed 5th, Women B got 1st in their field, a performance that would have taken first in Women A, both Men B and Men C placed 3rd and the Women D took 1st place.


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    The Glee Club Knight Caps delivered a surprise knock-out performance backed up by the Marianne Bennett Band at the AOG’s For Us All Campaign Gala in the Rainbow Room at Rockefeller Center. Among the 270 distinguished guests were the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Robert McDonald; former Superintendents and Commandants; and US-MA’s Senior Leader Team. Additionally, they closed the evening’s programs by leading alumni in the singing of the Alma Mater. The cadets represented the highest standards of West Point in their interactions with guests throughout the evening, and exhibited great skill and professionalism in their performance.


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    The Army West Point Crew hosted the CPT Brian R. Faunce cup at the Caufield Crew Center. Army West Point Crew won the CPT Brian R. Faunce Cup in a match race with Penn State University. The Faunce Cup, donated by Army Crew in 2015, honors the memory of Penn State graduate and Army ROTC member, Captain Brian R. Faunce, who was killed in action in Al Asad, Iraq in 2003. Despite the challenging weather conditions, the Men’s Second Varsity Eight started the day off with a strong row, finishing the race with several boat lengths of open water over the Penn State shell. The Women’s top boat, the First Varsity Eight, fought through the rough water with a solid win, finishing over 38 seconds ahead of their counterparts. The Men’s First Varsity Eight followed suit with a 35 second win over the PSU boat, finishing the course with the fastest time of the day in 7 minutes and 20 seconds. The novice eights were next to race, with the Novice Men’s First Eight clocking a time of 7:39.8, again with much open water back to the Penn State Eight; the Novice Women’s top Eight rowed next, with a dominating 50 second victory. The Army Men’s Second Novice Eight completed the sweep of the Eights event with an open water win. As water conditions continued to deteriorate, the Fours events were cancelled, ending the day with Army West Point on top of Penn State by a score of 52 to 44. During a joint BBQ, hosted by the cadets, the Faunce Cup was presented to the Army Commodore, CDT Jordan Duran, by Mrs. Marion Zilinski, mother of 1LT Dennis Zilinski ’04 killed in action in 2005 in Bayji, Iraq. As a part of the home event, Army West Point also hosted 20+ youth from Breaking Barriers, a non-profit organization based in Wilmington, DE.


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  • 05/09/16--05:42: Parachute Team Demo Jumps
  • The West Point Parachute team conducted two demonstrations into the Army/Navy Lacrosse Game in Michie Stadium, and the Army/Cal Rugby game in the Anderson Complex. A total of six firstie jumpers conducted both demonstrations to include CDT’s Nate Volk, Lexi Deets, Pace Murray, Cameron McDonald, Joshua Petrovic, and Team Captain, Jordan Komm. CDT Cameron McDonald shot the game ball for the Lacrosse game to kick off the event. The firstie demonstration team conducted the demonstrations to allow the cow class to train in order to win against Air Force in the 3rd Annual Inter-Service Academy meet coming up on 22 April.


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    West Point Climbing Team travelled to San Diego to compete at the National Collegiate Climbing Championships. On the first day of competition, the team made it to the qualifiers round. All competitors climbed for 3 hours to complete up to 6 lead/top rope climbs, 8-12 boulder problems, and/or 2 speed climbs. During the next day of competition, CDT’s Amos Lee, Brian Hazen, Peter Mueller, Anthony Thompson, and Lyra Kwak competed in the morning at the speed finals against 10-15 different schools including Air Force. CDT Amos Lee ran a 6.36 speed climb placing him 4th overall in Men’s Speed Climbing. In the evening, all cadets attended the culminating event, the bouldering final. The team supported and cheered for CDT Julian Barker as he made more headway on all of the problems than any climber before him; CDT Barker placed 9th overall in Men’s Bouldering. The Army West Point Climbing Team came in 8th overall, defeating Air Force and Navy to win the Armed Forces Cup. The team placed 6 cadets in the top 20 in each of their respective disciplines.


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    Army West Point sailing travelled to SUNY Maritime Academy to attend their Safety at Sea Seminar. Cadets participated in hands-on safety classes on firefighting, pyrotechnics, damage control and man over board drills. Other members of the offshore team launched the team’s 44 foot sloop, Invincible, and moved her down the Hudson to SUNY Maritime for this spring’s competitive season. On Sunday, the offshore team came back together and hosted the Master of the Sword, COL Nicholas Gist, for a practice in Long Island Sound. The Colonel manned the foredeck as CDT’s Ruby Garcia and Nina Tucker put him through his paces on the Invincible.


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    LEWISBURG, PA - The Army West Point men's track and field team finished a successful weekend at the Patriot League Outdoor Track and Field Championships where the Black Knights finished second among nine teams. Army totaled 160 points trailing only Navy who scored 263 points. Bucknell hosted the championships. The Cadets 4x100 Meter Relay team put together a brilliant run. The quartet of junior Jose Santana, freshmen Ben Sims and Kevin Dyer, and sophomore Tyler Davis finished in 40.08 seconds, marks that are Academy, facility, and meet records. Read More


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    LEWISBURG, PA - The Army West Point women's track and field team wrapped up the Patriot League Outdoor Track and Field Championships with three first-place finishes coming from freshman Abby Halbrook, sophomore Briyah Brown, and senior Cody Rothschild. The Black Knights finished in fifth place with 84 points. Bucknell, the host school, won on the women's side with 201.5 points.

    "We had great competitive effort today from the women that we brought to the meet," said Director of Track and Field and Cross Country Mike Smith. "We had quite a few champions and some gutsy performances." Halbrook claimed top honors in the 5,000 Meter Run. She completed in under 17 minutes for the first time in her career, finishing in 16:59.16. Brown's throw of 15.03 meters in the Shot Put was over 1.1 meters better than anybody else in the field. Rothschild competed in the Discus Throw and led the field with a 45.09 meter-best throw. Read More


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    The Aviation team conducted flight training at Take Flight Aviation in Montgomery, NY, led by LTC Tanya Estes. The team conducted power on and power off landings in the PA-28 Piper Warrior at Orange County Airports. Team members also performed practice simulator flights. Low ceilings and snow limited the practice time to only a few hours, but the team managed to accomplish quite a bit of training in advanced of the 3rd Annual Service Academy Flying Competition Spring Class.


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