Cadet Activities Update
(Updated Jan. 22, 2014)
Fencing: West Point fencers opened up their winter season against varsity teams in their conference Jan. 18 at the 10th West Point Invitational at Arvin Cadet Physical Development Center.
The women squared off against five teams and defeated rival Swarthmore, 18-9, Hunter College, 17-10, and Queens College, 21-6. The women posted losses to Stevens Institute of Technology (6-21) and City College of NY (10-17).
The Women’s Sabre Squad finished first place in the tournament, being the only undefeated squad (5-0) and led by Class of 2014 Cadet Darcy Parks who finished 12-3. Class of 2014 Cadet Sara Downing went 14-1 and Class of 2015 Cadet Alexis Blair finished 8-7. The Women’s Foil Squad was highlighted by top finisher Class of 2016 Cadet Kelly Kang with a record of 9-6.
The men finished undefeated, going 2-0 against conference rivals Swarthmore with a score of 23-4 and Hunter College, 22-5.
All three weapon squads went undefeated and top athletes of the day included in Class of 2016 Cadet Andrew Wiggins, Class of 2015 Cadet Harry Donahue and Class of 2014 Cadet Jim Malinda at 4-0 in foil. Class of 2015 Cadet Marvin Hargraves recorded a perfect 5-0 record in epee and Class of 2016 Cadet Blake Gordon, Class of 2014 Cadet Dom Casinelli and Class of 2017 Cadet Augustus Williams were all undefeated in sabre. The men were ranked first place for defeating all opposing teams.
The West Point Orienteering Team recently competed near Atlanta, Ga., to improve its national ranking.
The Orienteering Team competed in the Georgia Navigator Cup at Sweetwater Creek State Park, west of Atlanta, Jan. 18-20.
Class of 2014 Cadet Zachary Schroeder (Co. A-2) placed 2nd and Class of 2014 Cadet Charles Whitaker (Co. H-3) finished third in the Men's Elite Category, raising their overall national rankings in preparation for the coming Intercollegiate Championships.
The team competed all three days and every cadet orienteered at least 40 kilometers through the woods.
(Above, left) Class of 2016 Cadet Andrew Wiggins went undefeated in the foil and (above) Class of 2014 Cadet Darcy Parks led the Women's Sabre Squad to place first in the tournament Jan. 18 at Arvin Cadet Physical Development Center.
Pistol Team: The Pistol Team traveled to Charleston, S.C., to compete against the Citadel and the Coast Guard Academy in an intercollegiate pistol match. The Pistol Team won all three Open events (Free Pistol, Standard Pistol and Air Pistol) to win the overall match. West Point’s three event aggregate score was 6253 to USCGA’s 5881 and the Citadel's 5861.
Class of 2014 Cadet Jacob Hayes had the team high score in Free Pistol with a 509 out of a possible 600. Class of 2014 Cadets Shane Greene (493) and Julian Trent (480) and Class of 2016 Cadet Ames Evans (477) completed the four person scoring team for a team score of 1959. USCGA shot a 1794 and The Citadel shot a 1769.
Class of 2017 Cadet Dashiell Andrews had the team high score of 536 in Standard Pistol. Hayes shot a 534, Class of 2014 Cadet Garrett Kennedy shot a 526, and Class of 2016 Cadet Anthony Veith shot a 524 for a team score of 2120. The Citadel shot a 1986 and USCGA shot a 1966.
Greene shot the high team score of 549 in Air Pistol. Kennedy shot a 545, Hayes shot a 541 and Veith shot a 539. Class of 2017 Cadets Minhee Pak and Mark Lister were not on the scoring team but shot 546 and 544, respectively. West Point's team score was 2174 to USCGA's 2121 and The Citadel's 2106.
The Pistol Team's next match is Jan. 24-26 at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., against Texas A&M and the University of Utah.
Alpine Skiing: The West Point Ski Team competed in its first race in two years Jan. 17 in Cortland, N.Y. The cadets raced hard in the Giant Slalom race and finished six of the eight teams participating. Slalom was a bit of a challenge for the Army racers as only one of four racers completed the course.