Cadet Activities Update
(Updated Oct. 24, 2013 10:05AM)
Korean-American Relations Club: Nine cadets from the Korean American Relations Club visited Washington, D.C., Oct. 18-21, and received a personalized two-hour Pentagon tour from Brig. Gen. John Cho, USMA Class of 1984 graduate.
Cadets also toured the World War II Memorial, Korean War Memorial and the Lincoln Memorial. The cadets engaged with approximately 15 past Korean-American USMA grads ranging from years '83 to '11. This provided an opportunity to not only hear of career opportunities for post-military service, but also to gain insight from the newly retired senior North-East Asian Foreign Area Officer, retired Col. Young-Tae Pak. Club members met with Pak's son, Jason Pak, USMA Class of 2011 graduate, as he continues to recover from multiple injuries sustained from an IED blast last spring. Cadets learned about the current Wounded Warriors program as they asked about his recovery process.
West Point Flying Team: The West Point Flying Team competed Oct. 18-21 at the Northeast Region Annual Competition in Schenectady, N.Y.
Sixty-six pilots from seven aviation colleges participated this year, including Delaware State University, Dowling College, Farmingdale State College, Bridgewater State University, Schenectady County Community College and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Farmingdale placed first overall at 564 total points and the West Point team was only 30 points behind at 534 to finish second.
The cadets earned 1st Place in the Flight Events (Overall); 2nd Place in the Ground (Aviation Knowledge Application Tests) Events (Overall); and 1st, 3rd and 5th Place in the Top Pilot Competition.
Class of 2015 Cadet Joe Scherer won the Top Pilot Competition, having only trained two weekends since he is completing an exchange semester at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.
West Point also placed 1st in the Navigation, Aircraft Performance Calculation and Aircraft Preflight events to earn nine trophies overall. Class of 2015 Cadet Dan Hawbaker had recently qualified as a pilot and the team was able to assemble the minimum to compete in all the events.
“In other words, in order for us to compete well, our pilots had to perform very well across all the events,” Lt. Col. Ron Whittle, team officer-in-charge, said. “We did, which is especially noteworthy since the 1st place school has over 100 aviation students to choose from in fielding a team.”
The West Point Flying Team is a component of the Aviation Club.
Triathlon Team: The West Point Triathlon team traveled Oct. 20 to Congers, N.Y., where they competed in the annual Toga Duathlon.
The race consisted of a 5 km run, 20 km bike and another 5 km run. The team had great success with Class of 2017 Cadet Meredith Shea taking 1st place overall female, and Class of 2017 Cadet Keriann Murphy and Class of 2016 Cadet Thomas Hinds taking 1st and 2nd place respectively in their age group. Class of 2015 Cadet Nick Lafosse placed 3rd in his age group.
Mixed Martial Arts Club: The West Point Taekwondo Club competed at MIT in Cambridge, Mass., Oct. 20, at the first tournament of the Eastern Collegiate Taekwondo Conference season.
Cadets fight in teams of three, with one each of light, middle and heavyweight fighters. The West Point team finished the tournament with a record of 5 wins and 5 losses, advancing past the initial round of the tournament, but not far enough to place in the field of 34 competing teams representing 18 different universities.
Crew: The West Point Crew Team participated in the Head of the Charles Regatta Oct. 19 in Boston. The Head of the Charles Regatta started in 1965 and is the world’s largest two-day rowing competition.
It attracts more than 300,000 spectators and 9,000 competitors each year. The course is 4,820 meters long and contains many twists, bridges, and turns, making it one of the most difficult rowing courses.
To participate in the Head of the Charles teams must place within the top half of their race to guarantee a spot in the upcoming year or enter by a lottery. Army Crew sent four boats this year to the Head of the Charles Regatta.
The varsity men’s team sent two four person boats. The men’s club team placed 16th out of 50 competitors, placing ahead of University of Rhode Island, College of William and Mary, University of Massachusetts, Emory University, Colgate University, and even a Harvard boat. The varsity men’s collegiate team placed 11 out of 40 competitors, placing ahead of Fordham University, Penn State, University of Florida, Vassar College, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt, American University and Iona College.
The women’s team also sent two four person boats. The women’s club team placed 9th out of 49 competitors, placing ahead of Temple University, Fairfield University, College of William and Mary, University of Connecticut, University of Georgia, and Assumption College. The women’s collegiate team place 6th out of 33, placing ahead of Penn State, Grand Valley State University, Philadelphia University, Clemson University, Vanderbilt University, University of Florida, Virginia Tech Crew, Vassar College, Texas A&M and Rochester Institute of Technology.
Chess Team: The West Point Chess Team traveled to the Transportation Corps Museum at Fort Eustis, Va., to compete in the U.S. Armed Forces Chess Open Oct. 11-14.
Class of 2016 Cadet Clifford Hodges rose to the challenge by having the best upset game. Class of 2016 Cadet Wesley Loudon, Class of 2017 Cadet Nicholas Oblak, Class of 2014 Cadet Mark Van Benschoten and Hodges all placed in the top two for their respective divisions. The cadets were able to interact with active duty, reserve and retirees from the other services as well as analyze each of their games afterward in order to improve.
Inline Hockey Club: The West Point Inline Hockey Club won a hard-fought game against the U.S. Coast Guard Academy 9-5 in New London, Conn., Oct. 18. Cadet Lenny Brauer, the team’s German exchange cadet, performed well for playing his first full ice hockey game. He received a game puck signed by the Coast Guard admirals in attendance, Admiral Robert Papp, the USCG commandant, and Rear Sandra Stosz, USCG superintendent. Among the game’s highlights, Class of 2016 Cadet Nico Candelmo scored a hat trick and Class of 2014 Cadet Jenna Vercollone saved a goal with a quick stick.
Orienteering Club: The West Point Orienteering Team attended the 13th annual Boulder Dash Competition at Bear Brook State Park, N.H., Oct. 18-20. In accordance with the event name, the terrain historically poses a challenge to all competitors’ ability to find stable footing throughout the race. All team members conquered the challenge safely. Many of the new members performed exceedingly well for their first national competition. Cadets Nathan Thomas, John McCormick, Thomas Eisiminger, William Miller and Jacob Grant all got first or second in their respective competition levels. The event exposed the new team members to a national competition while challenging the team to perform on difficult terrain.