Powerlifting: The Army Powerlifting Team competed in the Albany Strength Powerlifting Championship. Even without their senior members who were celebrating 100th Night Weekend, the team crushed the competition. Four out of five members placed 1st in their division, and the team set several NY State lifting records. Captain Adam Rubalcaba set three New York state records in the 220 pound weight class division with a 610 pound squat, 440 pound bench press and 615 pound dead lift. Cadet Sidney Blecher set two NY State records with a 315 pound bench press and an astonishing 500 pound squat. New York state records were also broken by team members Anthony Rombold and Lawrence Cavins. The team will next be travelling to Killeen, TX for the USAPL Collegiate Nationals on April 12-14.
Debate Council and Forum (Model UN): The Model United Nations team competed in the Princeton Interactive Crisis Simulation (PICSim). This conference involved an international flavor, with more than half the participants from universities outside of the United States. The West Point delegation won 1st Place, having been awarded the title of Best Delegation each time the West Point Model United Nations team has attended the conference. The following cadets performed exceptionally well: Best Delegate (First Place): Brandon Moore ’14, Allan Newman ’14, Patrick Beauregard ’15, Anthony Veith ’16, Or Taylor ’15. Outstanding Delegate (Second Place): Jack Worthington ’14, Jason Lally ’15, Sean Kealey ’15 and Jonathan Richards ’16 also represented West Point excellently at PICSim.
Paintball: Travelled to Poughkeepsie, NY for practice at an indoor facility in preparation for the National level events in April.
Team Handball Team (Women): West Point Women’s Team Handball took fourth place at Los Angeles Team Handball Club’s first tournament. The team will host its annual Laura Walker Tournament March 30-31 at Arvin Gymnasium in honor of 1LT Laura Walker ’03, a former West Point handball player who died in Afghanistan in 2005.
Mixed Martial Arts (Kendo): Army Kendo competed in the 20th annual Shidogakuin Tournament, where the cadets fought against opponents from university and private club teams from all over the northeastern US.
Climbing (Mountaineering): The climbing team competed at their 3rd CCS competition at The Edge rock gym. The team performed extremely well with Julian Barker taking second in the men’s category and Zhaina Myrakhanova taking second in the Women’s category. Mike Eack also had an amazing day as he lead climbed a 5.12 for 735 points and Matt Fitzgerald excelled in the bouldering category.
Debate Council and Forum (Debate): The Army Debate Team competed at JV/Novice Nationals at Towson University. Cadets Michael Barlow and James Saker won six of their seven preliminary rounds but lost on 2-1 decision in semi-finals to George Mason University in the JV division. Cadets Barlow and Saker earned the third and thirteenth speaker awards in JV, respectively. Cadets Leslie Cornelius and Bradley Hodgkins also advanced but lost to the top seed in quarterfinals on 3-0 decision. In the novice division, Cadets Caleb Stevens and Theodore Lipsky advanced to the final round but were defeated by Liberty University on 3-0 decision. Cadet Lipsky also won the eighth place speaker award in the novice division.
Fencing: The Women’s Fencing Team produced two individual finalists at the NIWFA Fencing Conference Championships in the elimination bracket of 16 athletes- Cadet Darcy Parks in Sabre finishing 11th and Cadet Elizabeth Judd in Epee at 15th. In a field of all varsity teams, the Women’s Epee Squad finished first in the club division. Cadet Tessa Knight had one of the best performances of the day going 11-5 on C Strip Epee. Cadet Leah Fynaut was awarded the All Conference and All Academic Awards from the NIWFA. The Men’s Fencing Team competed in their MAC Conference Championship and brought home the gold! In a tough championship format, Cadet Blake Gordon won the gold in Individual Men’s Sabre. Cadet Marvin Hargraves swept the A Pool in Epee coming out in 1st Place and after the individual finals finished in 2nd Place in a very tough fought match against our rival from Stevens Tech. The Men’s Epee Squad consisting of Cadets Marvin Hargraves, Dave Maynor and Mark Owens took home the bronze trophy for 3rd place. The Men’s Epee Squad finished 1st and the Men’s Team finished 1st in that division as well. A unanimous vote of all Fencing Coaches awarded the Men’s Team with the 2013 Sportsmanship Award, and Coach Bob Grieser with the 2013 MAC Conference Coach of the Year Award.
Skeet & Trap: The Skeet & Trap Team made their annual trip to the historic Camp Fire Club of America. The club counts Teddy Roosevelt as one of its founding members and is one of the oldest shooting clubs in the New York Region. A variety of unorthodox shooting games not usually shot in collegiate competition gave the Camp Fire shooters the edge as the two teams contested the Amos Bock Trophy. The trophy is named after 2LT Bock ‘04, a former team member who was killed in action in 2006 in Iraq.
Jewish Chapel Choir: Cadets participated in Jewish Collegiate Festival of the Performing Arts along with groups from Boston University, Columbia/Barnard/Jewish Theological Seminary and Brandeis University.
Snow Sports (Snowboarding): The Snowboard Club competed in its last regional competition at Windham Mountain for the last of five slope style competitions. Wesley Sickman took first place, Matt Clidas took 3rd, and Chris Beatty was selected to compete in the USASA national’s competition for Slope style.