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Taekwondo Takes 1st in INCTL Competition

By Christina Park

TEAM CAPTAIN

On Saturday, April 5th, the Sport Taekwondo Club sent a 42 member team to Connecticut for the second Ivy/Northeast Collegiate Taekwondo League (INCTL) tournament of the spring semester, hosted by Yale University. After a long day of competition, the MIT students emerged with a landslide victory, putting them ahead in the overall League standings for the year.

The tournament day began with forms competition, where each student performed a choreographed set of techniques to be judged on merits such as grace, balance, power, and agility. Due to the sheer size of the men’s black belt division, the top 10 scorers were taken from the field of over 40 into the second round.

Timothy Kreider ’04, Conor Madigan G, and Richard Sinn ’06 made the cut, and Sinn found himself in a 3 way tie for 2nd place after the first round of run-offs. After two more rounds of tie-breakers, he emerged with the silver. George C. Whitfield ’03 stepped up with a first place win in the men’s red belt division, while Grace P. Tan ’03 and Margaret H. Cho ’04 took 1st and 2nd for the women's red belts.

Newly promoted to blue belt, Bobby Ren ’05 was in a four-way tie for 1st place, and after two run-offs, took home the bronze.

The win adds to the list of successes for the Sport Taekwondo Club, having won 4 of the 5 INCTL tournaments this year. This tournament also sets up a major milestone in the history of the INCTL, as the 445 points accumulated from Yale put this team ahead in the overall League standings for the INCTL Cup. With one tournament remaining this weekend at Columbia University, these students look to make history as the first team in the League to end Cornell’s 15 year reign as INCTL Champions.