Grads compete at Military World Games in China

A number of Academy graduates — that we’re aware of — competed in the recently completed 7th CISM Military World Games in Wuhan, China. The Games ran from Oct. 18 through 27.

National delegations from 109 nations competed. Known as the “Olympics for the military,” the CISM Military World Games have been held every four years since 1995 and have become a platform where militaries of all nations meet in sports arenas instead of battlegrounds.

2nd Lt. Ryan Manning ’18 and 2nd Lt. Jacob Van ’18 were members of the U.S. men’s basketball team that won a silver medal.

The squad lost 91-83 to Lithuania on Saturday, Oct. 26. Van scored 5 points in nearly 23 minutes of action. Manning played 3:33 but didn’t score.

In the semi-final contest against Brazil Friday, Oct. 25, the U.S. won 78-61. Manning didn’t play, but Van scored 9 points over 21:10.

1st Lt. Kevin Jackson ’16, Capt. Angus MacDonald ’14 and Capt. Ryan Dunne ’15 all competed in a variety of swimming competitions.

Dunne competed in the 100m Butterfly; 100m Freestyle; 50m Butterfly; 50m Freestyle; 4x100 Freestyle Relay; 4x100 Medley Relay; 4x200 Freestyle Relay; Mixed 4x100 Freestyle Relay; and Mixed 4x100 Medley Relay.

Jackson competed in the 1,500m Freestyle; 200m Freestyle; 400m Freestyle; 800m Freestyle; 4x100 Medley Relay; 4x200 Freestyle Relay; and Mixed 4x100 Medley Relay.

MacDonald competed in the 100m Backstroke; 200m Backstroke; 200m Individual Medley; 50m Backstroke; 4x100 Freestyle Relay; 4x100 Medley Relay; 4x200 Freestyle Relay; and Mixed 4x100 Freestyle Relay.

The U.S. Swim Team won the Military World Games’ FairPlay Award, voted on by all other participating countries in the Games.

Capt. Brandon Johnson ’10 competed in individual and team golf. He placed 23rd overall in the competition. The U.S. team took the bronze medal in the Games.

1st Lt. Savannah Banyai ’17, 2nd Lt. Taelor Eyre ’17, 1st Lt. Rachel Rosas and Capt. Hillary Keltner ’15 were all part of the U.S. Women’s Volleyball Team. They finished fifth at the games.

(If you know of other USAFA graduates who competed, let us know. We’ll update the story.)

Pictured (left to right) are Kevin Jackson ’16, Angus MacDonald ‘14 and Ryan Dunne ’15 at the swimming pool venue.

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