Cadet Activities Update
(Updated Nov. 6, 2013)
West Point Judo: Over the last six years, the West Point cadets have competed against the U.S. Air Force Academy as part of the Army-Air Force football game festivities. This year, the event was at the Olympic Training Center Judo room and 11 Army Judokas faced the Air Force cadets.
West Point Judo won all 11 matches by perfect throws or pins. Highlights of the event included Class of 2014 Cadet Carson Giammaria, club cadet-in-charge, throwing his opponent with a perfect throw in the first match of the event to set the tone for Army. Class of 2015 Cadet Shervon Dixon, the club’s lightest fighter at about 105 lbs., fought a much-heavier opponent, whom she threw and pinned to the ground in 20 seconds for a victory. Lastly, Class of 2016 Cadet Matt Day dismissed his opponent with a perfect throw in about two seconds.
After the meet, the cadets stayed for a two-hour workout with the Olympic Training Center Judo athletes that included several World Team members as well as Olympians.
The winning cadets were:
• Class of 2015 Cadet Shervon Dixon (105 lbs.);
• Class of 2014 Cadet Juliet Talavera (114 lbs.);
• Class of 2016 Cadet Charlene Coutteau (125 lbs.);
• Class of 2016 Cadet Peter Stanley (135 lbs.);
• Class of 2016 Cadet Dominique Fisher (145 lbs.);
• Class of 2015 Cadet Kyle Underwood (160 lbs.);
• Class of 2014 Cadet Carson Giammaria (165 lbs.);
• Class of 2014 Cadet Michael Miranda (180 lbs.);
• Class of 2016 Cadet Matt Day (180 lbs.);
• Class of 2014 Cadet Austin Bowman (198 lbs.);
• Class of 2014 Cadet Stephen Patten (198 lbs.).
Inline Hockey: The West Point Club Hockey team traveled to Ithaca, N.Y., Nov. 3, to battle the University of Ithaca Bombers. Fresh off an 8-1 victory two days earlier, the team was hungry for its second contest of the weekend.
The beginning of the first period started off rather slow as both teams felt each other out. Eventually, Ithaca broke through for their first goal after putting in a rebound off a shot from the blue line. West Point pushed back and generated several scoring chances of its own, but was unable to find the back of the net. The second period began much like the first, with West Point trying to tip the momentum in their favor. After a series of West Point opportunities, Ithaca finally broke through for their second goal of the game, capitalizing on some confusion and a slew of bodies in front of West Point goalie, Class of 2015 Cadet Alex Witz. Ithaca quickly added a third goal, splitting the West Point defense and scoring on a breakaway.
The second period ended with Ithaca leading West Point, 3-0. Once again, Ithaca came out fast and scored on the first play of the third period. From that point on, West Point dominated the play, but was unable to finish on the multitude of opportunities and came up short. A couple of power plays late in the period for West Point gave them a glimmer of hope, but Ithaca had an answer for everything West Point threw at them. In spite of their hard work and desperation to the final buzzer West Point fell to Ithaca, 4-0.
Men’s Volleyball: The Men’s Army Volleyball team traveled to James Madison University Oct. 25-27 to compete in the Derrick Beckner Memorial Tournament. The team played Virginia Tech, Penn State and Old Dominion University in pool play and placed third. They faced the James Madison University team in a challenge match but lost and were placed as the top seed in the silver bracket.
On the final day of competition, the West Point team played in a single elimination bracket, defeated the Pittsburgh “B” team, and then played the Pittsburgh “A” team and lost the match in the third set to finish third in the silver bracket.
Engineers and Scientists for a Sustainable World Club: Members of Engineers and Scientists for a Sustainable World Club volunteered Nov. 2 to conduct trail improvement at the Wild Cat Mountain Trailhead in Sterling Forest State Park. The work included setting large stepping stones, digging and armoring drainages, and other improvements to make the trail accessible to all hikers. The hands-on trail repair allowed the club to promote sustainable environmental practices, facilitating the ability of the public to access and enjoy undeveloped land in their own backyard. This event was coordinated with members of the New York–New Jersey Trail Conference and spearheaded by Class of 2014 Cadet Bonny Bradway.
Skeet and Trap: Eighteen cadets from the West Point Skeet and Trap club hosted a competition Nov. 3 against members from the Campfire Club of America. The competition included 50 Trap targets and 50 Skeet targets.
The cadets' training and skills carried the day, with the cadets' top-5 score besting the Campfire Club's by over 10 targets. In addition to shooting, the cadets had a great opportunity to socialize with the Campfire Club members. The Campfire Club of America was started in 1904 and has included members such as William T. Hornady and President Theordore Roosevelt.
The purpose of the club has always been to bring together people committed to preserving America's immense but dwindling natural resources through methods such as wetland and forest protection, careful game management and raising awareness of ecological concerns.
Catholic Chapel Choir: The trip to Kenilworth, N.J., Nov. 1-3, was a tremendous developmental experience for cadets and a success for West Point outreach. Housed with families of the host parish, St. Theresa’s of Kenilworth, cadets sang the musical liturgy of one service Nov. 2 and two Sunday with a total congregation of approximately 1,400.
An extended Saturday afternoon rehearsal provided a much-needed team-building opportunity. To express appreciation, the hosts provided transport and tickets to the cadets to see the Broadway show “Cinderella.” In its 19th year, the relationship between the Choir and Kenilworth has fostered enormous good will, a steady stream of potential admissions candidates and at least one USMA graduate.
Model Arab League: Cadets from the U.S. Military Academy Model Arab League attended the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations Northeastern Regional conference at Northeastern University in Boston Nov. 1-3.
This competitive forum is the first opportunity for the cadets this academic year to represent delegates from the League of Arab States in parliamentary competition against students from other universities.
Representing the state of Somalia, the cadets turned in a superstar performance, earning honorable mention in four of the eight committees, outstanding delegation in three committees, outstanding cabinet member and outstanding cabinet in special committee, and overall outstanding delegation at the conference.
These accomplishments belie the number of new members on the team and sets them up for future competition leading to National University next March in Washington, D.C.
Powerlifting: The Powerlifting team traveled to Cary, N.C., to compete against more than 85 lifters from across the region at the USAPL Fall Festival of Power Nov. 2.
The West Point team had an excellent performance, earning seven 1st Place medals, two 2nd Place and one 3rd Place. Class of 2014 Cadet Adam Rubalcaba, team captain, earned the trophy for best overall lifter in the meet, based on a ratio of body weight to total weight lifted.
Class of 2014 Cadets Lucas Brandt and Sidney Blecher also set two state records in the Squat and Bench Press, respectively.
SCUBA Club: Cadets certified as NAUI SCUBA instructors certified 19 students to perform Basic Open Water dives at Dutch Springs in Bethlehem, Pa., Nov. 2-3.
Students executed two “skills” dives Nov. 2 after weeks of class work and several familiarization dives in Crandall Pool. Two 60-feet dives completed their open water certification on Sunday morning.