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Cadet Activities Roundup, March 28

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Climbing Team:  The Climbing BEAT NAVY in the Collegiate Climbing Series in Wallingford, CT.The West Point Climbing Team travelled to Wallingford, CT to compete in its fourth Collegiate Climbing Series of the season. West Point finished in second place behind R.I.T., but succeeded in its goal of defeating Navy.  

Cadet Fine Arts Forum (Jazz):  The Cadet Jazz Forum enjoyed a visit to the legendary Village Vanguard Jazz Club in NYC and was treated to a mesmerizing performance from iconic jazz guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel and his jazz quartet.  After the show, Mr. Rosenwinkel and the band took time to chat with the forum’s jazz enthusiasts, graciously answering their questions.

Pipes and Drums:  The United States Corps of Cadets and the USMA Band worked together in their first of four sessions of the “Pipes & Drums Recording Project”, setting the groundwork to record a future album set on the stage of Ike Hall. 

Skeet & Trap:  The West Point Skeet & Trap TeamThe West Point Skeet & Trap team reinforced its position as the preeminent collegiate shotgun team in the Northeastern U.S. at the annual Yale Invitational shoot held on the grounds of the Hartford Gun Club.  The cadets dominated the competition, winning the team overall trophy with 668 targets.  Cadet Andrew Laib ‘14 won the award for high overall individual shooter, with Cadet Robert Sterling ‘15 taking third place in the overall competition.  Laib also took second place in the American skeet competition, as well as second place in American trap. Top honors in the American trap competition went to Cadet Sterling who edged out Cadet Laib by one target in a shoot-off.

Marathon Team:  The West Point Marathon Team travelled to Fairfield, Connecticut to race in the Boston Buildup 30k. For the men, Cadet Ben Shields ‘15 led the team by finishing second among the field of approximately 100 runners.  On the women’s side, Cadet Mackenzie Vaughn ‘14 continued to pace the women’s team as West Point’s top female.

Crew Team:  West Point CrewThe Crew Team participated in the Rollins Invitational.  The men’s varsity eight finished 2nd out of 5 boats, missing first by 1 second. The women’s varsity eight also finished 2nd out of 5 boats missing first by 5.3 seconds, while the novice women’s four took 1st of 2 boats.  The men’s novice team went to Oak Ridge, TN for training and development.  Generous cadet parents and the West Point Society of Knoxville treated the team to six meals during the week.

Fencing Team:  The Fencing Team won a record 27 medals at the SAC Conference Championships held at the College of William and Mary. Cadet Marvin Hargraves took home the Gold for the first time in Men’s Epee defeating Navy in the final round of competition. The Men’s Epee Squad, led by Cadet Hargraves with team mates Cadet Mark Owens and Cadet Dave Maynor, finished second place for the day – the highest finish for the squad. Cadet Blake Gordon also brought home the Gold for the first time in Men’s Sabre defeating rival Navy.  Cadet Gordon and his teammates Cadet Dom Casinelli and Cadet Zach Leonard finished second as a squad. The Men’s Foil squad finished in second place, sending Cadet Jeff Nielsen and Cadet Andrew Wiggins to the individual finals where they both medaled – finishing 3rd and 6th respectively.  Cadet Alexandria Rodgers led her women’s epee squad to their second consecutive conference championship win over University of Pittsburgh, and sent both Cadet Rodgers and Cadet Elizabeth Judd to the individual finals where they finished 3rd and 2nd respectively for the day. Cadet Darcy Parks won her first medal at the championships winning bronze, and then leading her women’s sabre squad to a 3rd place finish over Virginia Tech. Women’s Foil led by Cadet Leah Fynaut improved their standing over last year, beating out University of Miami to finish in 7th place.

Foreign Language and Culture Forum (Korean-American Relations):  Members of the Korean-American Relations Seminar attended KASCON, one of the largest Korean-American conferences in the nation with participants from over 40 colleges and universities. The three day conference provided cadets the opportunity to attend seminars designed to promote open forums where issues pertinent to the Korean and Asian American communities could be examined. Cadets gained a better understanding of the numerous political, social, and cultural issues that affect Asian American communities today.

Mixed Martial Arts (Kendo):  The West Point Kendo Club fought in Harvard University's 17th annual "shoryuhai" kendo tournament.

 Mixed Martial Arts (Karate):  Mixed Martial Arts Five members of the Army Karate Team travelled to Albuquerque, New Mexico to compete in the 2013 United States Karate Alliance’s National Competition.  Cadet John Carson placed third in Men’s Black Belt Kata as well as third in Men’s Black Belt Kumite (middle weight). Cadet Spenser Rapone placed fourth in Men’s Black Belt Kumite (middle weight), and Cadet Blaze Bissar competed in Men’s Advanced Belt Kumite and Kata. Cadet Liana Blatnik placed second in Women’s Advanced Belt Kata and fourth in Women’s Advanced Belt Kumite, while Cadet William Carson placed second in Men’s Black Belt Kumite (light heavy weight). 

Racquetball:  The Cadet Racquetball Team competed at the National Intercollegiate Championship and nine of the 11 cadets representing West Point recorded tournament points by winning matches. The team finished with an impressive total of 384 points in the tournament. Top performers included Cadets Albert Casas (96.5 points), Tyler Harrison (82.75 points), William Wright (72.75 points), and James Sutter (47.5 points). Among his victories, Cadet Casas earned the overall win for the Men’s Collegiate Singles #3 Blue bracket. Additionally, Cadets Harrison and Wright combined to place third overall in the highly competitive Men’s Collegiate Doubles #1 Gold consolation bracket.

Debate Council and Forum (Model UN):  The West Point Model United Nations team travelled to Melbourne, Australia to compete in the World Model United Nations tournament.  Diplomacy award winners were Cadets Will Dickson ‘13, Ben Ketchum ‘13, Colleen Harrison ‘13, Warren Geary ‘14, Megan McNulty ‘15, and Ross Boston ‘13.

Combat Weapons:  The West Point Combat Weapons Team competed in the 14th Joint Service Academy Combat Weapons Competition hosted by Smith and Wesson Corporation at their indoor range facility.  The final combined team scores were 1820 seconds to Navy, 1824 seconds to Army, 1972 seconds to Coast Guard and 2007 seconds to Texas A&M.  Cadet Jim Fiser had the overall 2nd best score of the competition with 338 seconds. Cadets Austin Marietta, Danny Freeman and Andrew Zecha all finished in the top ten.

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