Bronze medal taekwondo women's duo lifts Liberty to DIII title
November 4, 2018 | Ithaca, N.Y.
Liberty University's taekwondo tandem of junior heavyweight Jackie Baumann and freshman middleweight Lindsey Hudson advanced to the semifinal round and captured a bronze medal in the women's B division of this past weekend's East Coast Taekwondo Conference (ECTC) tournament hosted by Cornell in Ithaca, N.Y.
As a women's duo competing against female trios from other schools (who also had lightweight competitors), both Baumann and Hudson had to win their matches in each round to advance from the round of 64 to the semifinals in the single-elimination, best-of-three format.
"We had three top-five finishes in sparring and it was excellent to have a team medalist, the highest finishing team we've had in an ECTC event," Liberty Head Coach Tom Childress said.
Overall, the Flames and Lady Flames, who brought a total of 18 men and women athletes in fighting and forms, were the Division III champions at the tournament, which drew a total of 23 teams and 350 competitors. Liberty started the competition ranked tied for fifth with Yale out of 17 schools in Division III. It won the second of five ECTC tournaments, beating runner-up Johns Hopkins and third-place Lehigh. Host Cornell strengthened its first-place Division I ranking while Northeastern closed the gap on Boston by winning Division II.
|Liberty captured the first-place ECTC Division III team plaque at Cornell.|
"The ECTC has some of the best competition around, which is why we like being in this league," Childress said. "It was all great experience for upcoming matches. If we can hold our own against these schools, we can hold our own against anybody."
Liberty's fifth-place team finishers were junior lightweight William Parker, senior middleweight Thomas Siff, and heavyweight Joseph Carl in the men's A (blackbelt) division; senior lightweight Sadie Newton, junior middleweight Shelby Wilson, and senior heavyweight Tyler Creese in the women's blackbelt division; and sophomore middleweight Violet Wamsley and sophomore heavyweight Joanna Woolsey in the women's B division.
Compete results are available online.
On Oct. 26, Liberty hosted its second Atlantic Collegiate Alliance of Taekwondo (ACAT) tournament in three seasons at the LaHaye Recreation & Fitness Center, competing in a field of nine teams with a total of 85 competitors.
Teams were split between two divisions for schools with fewer than 10 competitors and those with 10 or more. Besides Liberty, top division schools included Virginia, Virginia Tech, North Carolina, and UMBC. From outside of the ACAT, the Naval Academy brought a complete team and Clemson entered one competitor.
|Liberty's Elise Baldwin (left) competes in forms.|
Individually in sparring, Lady Flames green belt Abigael Faber placed first in the women's intermediate heavyweight division and freshman white belt Angela Ayuk won the women's beginner heavyweight class.
Liberty also had five silver medalists in fighting — including Newton, who won her semifinal match against an opponent from Navy before losing her gold-medal match against another lightweight from Navy — with 10 bronze medalists.
Siff also earned a silver in the men's middleweight division, losing to the champion from Navy; Baldwin struck silver in the women's middleweight class; junior white belt Christina Mason placed runner-up in the women's beginner's class; and Caleb Purdue won a silver medal in the men's middleweight beginner division.
The Flames and Lady Flames had two gold medal winners in poomsae (forms) — sophomore red belt Joseph Tapia and Woolsey — and two silver medalists.