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Public Affairs : Cadet Activities Update_29MAR14

Cadet Activities Update 

(Updated March 26, 2014)
Women’s Team Handball: The West Point Women’s Handball Club will host the annual 1st Lt. Laura Walker Memorial Tournament on the 2nd and 4th floor courts at Arvin Cadet Physical Development Center.

The competition times are between 9 a.m.-5 p.m. March 29 and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. March 30. The tournament will feature teams from Boston, Chicago, Washington, D.C., New York City and Alberta, Canada, to name a few.

The 1st Lt. Laura Walker Tournament is sponsored by the Women’s Handball team annually to celebrate the life and legacy of the West Point graduate who was killed in action in 2005 while serving in Afghanistan. Walker was a four-year member of the team and served as its captain.

Model UN: The West Point Model United Nations team traveled during spring break to Brussels, Belgium, and participated in the World Model United Nations Championships.

The conference is hosted by Harvard University and features students from around the globe, and serves as the culminating conference of the year. The West Point team earned third place at the championships.

The following cadets received Diplomacy Awards for their outstanding individual performance: Class of 2014 Cadets Brandon Moore (E-3), Patrick Brown (F-4) and Warren Geary (D-4) and Class of 2017 Cadet Jack Bagdadi (I-3). The following cadets were integral to the team’s success: Class of 2014 Cadet Jack Worthington (A-3), Class of 2015 Cadet Patrick Beauregard (H-1), Class of 2017 Cadet Sneha Singh (A-3) and Class of 2016 Cadets Jesse Nelson (E-4) and Or Taylor (E-1).
Combat Weapons: The Combat Weapons team along with the Pistol team traveled to Fort Benning, Ga., to compete in the 2014 Scholastic Pistol Program Collegiate Nationals. More than a dozen universities from across the country brought over 100 shooters to the match, hosted March 15 by the Army Marksmanship Unit on Krilling Range. The cadets from Texas A&M won the center fire division and set a new collegiate record with their time.

West Point cadets from the Combat Weapons team finished behind their peers from the Pistol team, who earned third-place overall. This was the first year that both teams sent cadets to compete in the Collegiate Nationals and it was a great learning experience for all those that attended. All four members of the team will be returning next year to compete and challenge Texas A&M.

Army Sailing: The Army Sailing team traveled to Norfolk, Va., to compete in Old Dominion University’s two-day Spring Open Regatta, against the best collegiate sailing teams in the mid-Atlantic, including Princeton and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. Despite ice on the Hudson River halting practice for the winter, the team finished well.

Class of 2016 Cadet Andrew Beckmann and Class of 2017 Cadet Danielle Jordan placed fifth out of 16 teams on the second day of racing.

Triathlon: The West Point Triathlon team traveled to Scottsdale, Ariz., for their annual spring training trip March 14-23.

The 11 women, eight men, two officers and head coach conducted a week of intense training in the vicinity of Cave Creek and Bartlett Lake. The team completed more than 4,000 total miles of open-water swimming, cycling and running in the Arizona desert in preparation for the upcoming USA Triathlon Collegiate Nationals. The trip included a preview of the Collegiate National Championship course in Tempe. As always, the team was graciously supported by Preston Miller (USMA 1968 graduate) and the other alumni in the Scottsdale area who help provide logistics and support during the training trip. The team will be traveling back to the Phoenix area to compete in Nationals April 4-5.

Women’s Boxing: The West Point Women’s Boxing team hosted the annual Women’s Invitational at Eisenhower Hall March 8. The event featured an all-female bout card with participating schools and clubs to include University of Maryland, Rutgers University, the U.S. Air Force Academy and Shippensburg University. Six West Point cadets participated in the bouts to include team captain Cadet Kelsey Smith, Cadet Victoria Rao, Cadet Austen Boroff, Cadet Erin Kocher, Cadet Sarah Soliven and Cadet Megan Coley.

Soliven secured a victory over her opponent from the University of Maryland in her first official bout. Rao defeated her opponent from the Air Force Academy, who trained with the West Point Women’s Boxing here during a semester exchange.

The team supported the participating ladies from the sidelines and did their part to prepare them for their bouts. The preparation leading up to the invitational included months of planning by the team leadership to include reserving the venue, supplying concessions, calling coaches and teams, sending invitations, ordering awards and other tasks. As all members of the team hold a leadership position or a support role, the entire team worked long hours to ensure the event ran smoothly.

Crew: The varsity and novice men traveled to Clemson, S.C,. for spring training March 15-22.

Despite below average temperatures and rain, the team was able to complete all scheduled two-a-day practices. The novice men joined the team a few days later on a separate trip section. The consensus was that this was the best training event that the team members had experienced in the last four years.

The training culminated with a scrimmage with Purdue and Marist Universities. During the return trip to West Point, the entire men's team conducted a staff ride of Cowpen's battlefield under the direction of their coach Jen Kiesling, professor in the Department of History.