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Public Affairs : 31OCT Cadet Activities Update

Cadet Activities Update 
(Updated Oct. 31, 2013)
The West Point Triathlon team successfully defended its title at the Ironman 70.3 Collegiate National Championships in Austin, Texas, Oct. 27.

Against the deepest and strongest collegiate field ever at the event, the West Point team put in a dominate performance sweeping the podium in all categories. The team took first place, Undergraduate Men’s Collegiate Team; first place, Women’s Undergraduate Collegiate Team; first place, Men’s Collegiate Team; first place, Women’s Collegiate Team; and first place, Coed Collegiate Team.

Individually, the team took all the places with the following results:

Male winners:
1st — Class of 2016 Cadet Dylan Morgan (4:11:57);
2nd — Class of 2015 Cadet Bradley Bachand (4:20:59);
3rd — Class of 2016 Cadet Connor Wernecke (4:26:10).

Female winners:
1st — Class of 2016 Cadet Catherine Sedy (4:53:05);
2nd — Class of 2016 Cadet Angelica Dickson (4:58:58);
3rd — Class of 2016 Cadet Abigail Imelio (5:21:00).

Morgan and Sedy qualified for the Ironman 70.3 World Championships in Mon-Tremblant, Quebec, next September. Both competed in the Ironman 70.3 Worlds this past September in Las Vegas.

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.

West Point Climbing Club: The West Point Climbing Team and Club held their biggest competition and fundraiser of the year, Climbfest, on Oct. 27.

As is tradition, each civilian was paired with a cadet for the duration of the competition. Many of the competitors are very skilled climbers who bring new knowledge and experience to the cadets on the climbing team. The competition started shortly after registration and a safety brief. It was structured in three divisions; beginner, intermediate and advanced.

Climbing would last for three hours and competitors would earn the points from each climb they could ascend clean (without falling, taking a break or getting help). Those points were then tallied and both individual and team prizes given out.

More than 80 climbers participated in Climbfest and the competition was tough. Class of 2016 Cadets Julian Barker and Zhaina Myrzakhanova earned first place in the men’s and women’s advanced division with Myrzakhanova the only female competitor in the category. Class of 2014 Cadet Chris Price and his partner Chad Foty tied for third in the advanced division but their consistency as a team earned them the top team spot in the competition.
Crew: The West Point Crew team competed in Philadelphia Oct. 26 at the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta.

The novice teams performed well, especially considering that this was only the third race of their rowing careers. In the four, the men finished fifth out of 18 boats, and in the eight, they finished eighth out of 23. The novice women placed 15th out of 24 boats in the four and ninth out of 33 in the eight.

The varsity teams also rowed well against many strong crews. The women’s four placed 20th out of 40 competitors, while the eight placed 10th out of 20. The women’s team also competed for the first time this season in a doubles race and placed eighth out of 10 boats. The men’s four finished 10th out of 34 boats and the eight placed sixth out of 15.

Men’s Boxing: Class of 2014 Cadet Jeramias Ortiz, the defending 125 lbs. National Collegiate Boxing Champion, fought his way to a unanimous decision Oct. 25 at the Detroit Athletic Club over Roy Taylor from the Air Force Academy in a rematch of the 2013 Collegiate Boxing Championships. Ortiz used vicious body punching to slow his opponent. His performance earned him the most Outstanding Boxing of the event.

Debate: Four cadets debated Oct. 25-Sunday at the Harvard Debate Tournament in Cambridge, Mass. The three-day tournament consisted of eight preliminary rounds. Seventy-eight teams were present from around the nation, making it both a competitive and enjoyable event.

Class of 2016 Cadets James Saker and Michael Barlow had an overall record of 4-4 and Class of 2016 Cadets Caleb Stevens and Theo Lipsky finished with a record of 1-7.
Men’s Team Handball: The West Point Team Handball Club competed in the annual Michael Lipov Tournament in Chicago, earning fifth and sixth place.

The varsity team (West Point Black), completed the tournament with two wins and two losses. The first loss came from the Russian professional team, Moscow, in the opening game of the tournament by the score of 28-25. The Black team re-grouped and faced Chicago Inter in the second round. The team fought until the last seconds of the game but fell short and lost the game 26-25.
In the third game, West Point Black earned the victory against Columbus HC but did not qualify for the semifinals and had to play its final game against West Point Gold (JV) trying to earn the fifth place. West Point Gold also played well, but finished the tournament with a record of one win and three loses. After experiencing two tough losses to the USA Club Champion- NYAC Team Handball and Minnesota HC, Gold earned its first team victory in the crossover game against Columbus HC.

On the final day of the tournament, the West Point Black faced the Gold Team and despite a praiseworthy performance from the younger players, the Black earned the last-second victory with a final score of 44-43.

West Point Equestrian Team: It was a busy show weekend for the West Point Equestrian team. On Oct. 26, the team hosted their home Halloween show at Centenary College in New Jersey. The West Point Equestrian team won most authentic costumes for the team dressing as The Village People and showing off their dance moves to the famous Y.M.C.A song.

There were two first place finishes, three second place finishes and three third place finishes and the West Point team finished 3rd overall. On Oct. 27, the team traveled to the facilities of William Patterson Equestrian team and finished fifth overall.

Saturday 1st Place Finishers: Lena Jordi-Cruzval Walk/Trot/Canter Holly Rodeo Walk/Trot/Canter

2nd Place Finishers: Annamarie Curtin Novice Fences Emily Kozma Novice Flat Jared Ross Walk/Trot

3rd Place Finishers: Moira Fontenot Walk/Trot/Canter Annamarie Curtin Novice Flat Hubert Laport-Many Novice Flat

Sunday 1st Place Finishers: Julius Smoak Walk/Trot Annamarie Curtin Novice Fences Lena Jordi-Cruzval Walk/Trot/Canter Alexandra Vinson Walk/Trot

2nd Place Finishers: Emily Kozma Novice Fences Crystel Calderon Walk/Trot

3rd Place Finishers: Moira Fontenot Walk/Trot/Canter Hubert Laport-Many Novice Flat
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American Institute of Chemical Engineers Club: The cadets of the West Point Chemical Engineering Club led a “Rocket Air Force!” spirit demonstration Oct. 31 in support of the weekend’s Army-Air Force Football game.

This event was a culmination of a weeklong chemical engineering effort in the club consisting of planning, developing, and executing a wire guided demonstration that defeated the Air Force with multiple “Army Strong!” rocket attacks.

Cadet racketeers from the Class of 2014, Arron Beyea, Drew Fanko, Erik Houston, Hackett Landefeld, Sam Lowell and Mark McCormick, and Class of 2015 Cadet Gio Pezze of the “ChemE” club fired up the Corps in front of Bartlett Hall between classes and assisted in the launching of more 35 rockets in the name of Army Spirit.

Cadets fabricated the rocket motors and developed the wire guided system under the direction of Lt. Col. Robert G. Bozic, Department of Chemistry and Life Science professor and USMA Class of 1989 graduate.

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Debate (Model Arab League): Seventeen Cadets from the West Point Model Arab League attended the National Council on US-Arab Relations Policymakers’ Conference in Washington, D.C, Oct. 21-23.

The conference is an annual opportunity for cadets to hear issues and answers from senior defense and policy officials from the U.S. and Middle Eastern governments as they prepare for competition. Key addresses were given by Gen. Lloyd Austin III, commanding general of U.S. Central Command, and Prince Turki al Faisal, former director of Saudi Intelligence and Ambassador to the United States.

Between panels and presentations the cadets were able to meet and exchange notes and ideas with many of the notables including General Austin, Prince Turki, and current and former Ambassadors and officials from the U.S. and Arab states.

Speech: Ten cadets competed Oct. 25-26 at the University of Pennsylvania American Parliamentary Debate Association competition. In a field of 72 teams, the team of Class of 2015 Cadets Ken Voet and Will Moore made it to the final 16. Their only defeats of the tournament came at the hands of the awardee for tournament’s top speaker.

Novice debaters Class of 2017 Cadets Quanzel Caston and Nathan Hernandez made it to the semifinals of the novice competition and vigorously defended the use of drones in warfare from a clearly outmatched George Washington squad.
Society of Women Engineers: Seven cadets from the U.S. Military Academy section of the Society of Women Engineers attended the national conference Oct. 25-27 in Baltimore.

More than 7,000 members from numerous national and international sections attended the conference to share experiences, knowledge and compete with other collegiate sections.

Class of 2014 Cadet Megan Coley competed as a finalist in the collegiate poster competition and received an award for her efforts and participation. This professional organization encourages the education and growth of women as minorities in the field of engineering through education, mentorship and scholarship events like these.

Those interested in becoming a member or just supporting an event can contact the cadet-in-charge, Class of 2014 Cadet Calla Glavin.

Cadet Fine Arts Forum: Five cadets from the Elsie Sannes Pinnell Art Forum visited The Frick Collection Oct. 19-20, one of NYC's most celebrated collections of sculpture, painting, and architecture.

After appreciating works by such artists as Monet, El Greco, and Gilbert Stuart, the cadets walked twenty-two blocks north, past the church of St Vincent Ferrer, designed by Bertram Goodhue, architect of Cadet Chapel fame, and past the Guggenheim, designed by the controversial but always recognizable Frank Lloyd Wright. The cadets finally alighted upon Kaufmann Concert Hall, where Valentina Lisitsa, concert pianist extraordinaire, was making her NYC concert debut.

This trip allowed the cadets to explore and consider some of the most famous forms of fine art created within the last 400 years, all housed within a short train ride from West Point.

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Mixed Martial Arts: The West Point Martial Arts team sent six competitors to the New York Traditional Karate League’s tournament Oct. 27.

Elite martial artists from around the world competed including an artist who is ranked third internationally. The Martial Arts team competed against multiple international teams. All members performed admirably in several hard-hitting sparring rounds, with Class of 2016 Cadet Liana Blatnik earning second-place for Black Belt Women.

This was also Class of 2017 Cadet Marco Aveledo’s first ever karate tournament, where he too fought to a close second place finish in his Men’s Beginners division. This was the team’s first participation in a tournament using World Karate Federation rules which will allow the team to compete in future international competitions. The team gained a vast knowledge on overall techniques and grading to continue their future success.