The 1st female team (18-29), represented by Carissa Fu, Michelle (Machine) Chen, and Miyako Yerick was up first. Performing TG8 and Taebaek, they placed second by just 0.01 points behind the first place team! They earned a silver and are the US National Team Alternates!
Next up was 1st pairs (18-29), contested by Dave Chan/Carissa and Brandon DeSouza/Miyako with Shipjin/Keumgang Dave/Carissa still recaptured their bronze medal ranking from last year and Brandon/Miyako finished up in 6th place.
Miyako competed in female senior individual freestyle. Freestyle poomsae allows competitors and coaches to choreograph their own poomsae to music, featuring 5 required elements, including jumping, sparring and acrobatic techniques. Miyako performed her elements with wonderful musicality and no major errors and earned a bronze medal.
Next, Brandon/Miyako performed a pairs freestyle routine. Brandon showed off his 540 degree spin hook kick and although the pair was off-sync at times due to their long-distance pairing and short preparation time, they still got an excellent score due to their high degree of difficulty, earning a silver medal. Again were the US National Team Alternates for the division, our second alternate position of the day.
Thursday July 3rd, Day Two:
For these larger divisions, 3 rounds are contested. Half of the competitors are eliminated after the preliminary round. After the semifinal rounds, the number of competitors is cut to 8, and the scores in the finals determine the overall top 4 medalists (gold/silver/bronze/bronze).
In the men’s Senior 1 individual division, the preliminaries was contested with Shipjin. There were about 30 competitors. Chris Williams just missed the 50% semis cut, and Dave Chan, Brandon DeSouza and Matt Weinberg made it through to semis in this incredibly talent-packed division.
The three athletes performed Keumgang in semis. Dave, Brandon and Matt peformed well and finished in the semis, and Dave just barely missed the finals by placing 9th.
The women’s division was similarly talent packed with 34 women. We had Carissa Fu, Miyako Yerick, Michelle (Machine) Chen, and Laurie Lai competing. All of our women flew through the prelims (Taeguek 8) with excellent scores and progressed to the top 50% semifinals, led by Carissa in 2nd place.
In the semifinals, the four women performed well on Koryo, with Carissa advancing to the finals in 4th place.
In the finals, Carissa performed TG7 and Pyongwon, and she had an outstanding performance, jumping from 4th to 1st place and earning a gold medal! Carissa will be going to Aguascalientes, Mexico in October to represent Team USA at the Wolrd Taekwondo Poomsae Championships! This will be her first time contesting the Senior 1 individual division at that event.
Friday July 4th, Day Three:
The third and final day of competition for our team was Friday, July 4. The team had an outstanding showing, with our experienced members stepping up their game and our less experienced members really sparring to their potential.
Carissa Fu (bantam) - fought 4 matches, winning SILVER!
Chris Williams (welter) - fought 3 matches, reaching QUARTERFINALS.
Matt Weinberg (bantam) - fought 2 matches, reaching second round (lost to gold medalist)
Colleen Malloy (heavy) - fought 2 matches, reaching QUARTERFINALS (lost to gold medalist)
Great job also to Tara (fin), Kristina (heavy) and Kat (light), who also competed in the world class divisions and did very well!
Carissa Fu – SILVER, Bantam – Team Trials!
Jonathan Price (Cortland) – BRONZE, Heavy – Team Trials!
Olivia Elie – BRONZE, Junior Light
Chris Williams – QUARTERS, Welter
Matt Weinberg – 2ND ROUND, Bantam
Colleen Malloy – QUARTERS, Heavy
Kristina Lozoya – QUARTERS,Heavy
Tara Sarathi – QUARTERS, Fin
Kat Moore – RND16, Light
Carissa Fu – GOLD, Senior 1 Individual – National Team!
Miyako Yerick, Michelle Chen, Carissa – SILVER, 1st Team
Miyako, Brandon DeSouza – SILVER, Senior Freestyle Pair
David Chan, Carissa – BRONZE, 1st Pair
Miyako – BRONZE, Senior Freestyle Individual
Miyako, Brandon – 6TH, 1st Pair
David Chan – SEMIS (9th), Senior 1 Individual
Brandon – SEMIS, Senior 1 Individual
Matt Weinberg – SEMIS, Senior 1 Individual
Chris Williams – SEMIS, Senior 1 Individual
Laurie Lai – SEMIS, Senior 1 Individual
Miyako – SEMIS, Senior 1 Individual
Michelle – SEMIS, Senior 1 Indivdual