The Iowa Central Community College Taekwondo team crowned two more national champions at the 43rd National Collegiate Taekwondo Association championships at American University in Washington DC. Female red belt heavyweight champion Maria Cortes (sophomore) repeated her feat two years ago. Male blue belt heavyweight Laurent Hill (sophomore) dominated his division bringing home a gold medal and the fourth individual national champion for the Tritons in just their third year.
The National Collegiate Taekwondo Association (NCTA) hosted the 43rd National Collegiate Taekwondo Championships from April 6-8, 2018, at American University in Washington, D.C. The Collegiate Championships included poomsae and sparring competitions for color belts and black belts. The NCTA Championships are USA Taekwondo-sanctioned events and serve as qualifiers for the 2018 USA Taekwondo National Championships for all competitors. All competitors will qualify to compete at the 2018 USA Taekwondo National Championships in their corresponding poomsae and/or sparring divisions. Collegiate black belt sparring and poomsae team trial divisions will serve as Team Trials for the 2018 U.S. National Collegiate team.
The competition hosted a record breaking 600 plus athletes. The team had three other medalists in sparring at this year's national competition. Colin Birzer (sophomore) took 3rd place in men's red belt, Brooke Waterbury (freshman) taking 3rd place in women's green belt, and Trittany Miller (sophomore) taking third place in women's blue belt. Other Tritons competing were Faith Gosse (freshman), Vieng Keophanya (sophomore ), Keilund Steinborn (freshman), Brittany Bendickson (freshman), Catie Schoon (sophomore), Damond Denney (freshman), and William Garcia (freshman ). The Tritons repeated their top 10 team finish with over 150 colleges competing. All divisions compete against each other with no separation of size of the college/univerty.
Coach Faiferlick: "I am very proud of our student athletes and the program we have at Iowa Central. For us to compete and consistently be in the Top 10 of all colleges is incredible. I am very happy for Maria winning her second national collegiate title. Laurent worked hard during the season and off-season to make himself better. Laurent's goal at the beginning of the season was to be the National champion and he did it. I received feedback from other coaches and referees on how well our atheletes performed and fought with an indomitable spirit. NCTA asked me if we could host this event next year so I have some research to do to see if we can handle this national competition in Fort Dodge. "
Eight of the 12 Tritons are from Iowa (Nashua, Waukee, Lemars, Manson, Manning, Fort Dodge, Storm Lake, Lake City), and one member from each of the following; Wabasha MN, Lakeland FL, Falfurrias TX, and Saint Louis MO.
The Tritons head coach is Master Justin Faiferlick and Assistant Coach William Whitehead. Coach Faiferlick is a 6th degree black belt who competed since the 1980s up through this year. Justin Faiferlick is the inaugural head coach for the Taekwondo program. He has competed at the highest level on competitions winning 8 state championships and 4 national titles and competed in international competitions for the USA. Justin is a certified Level II coach and referee through USA Taekwondo and is a Team USA Project Coach. He is also the head coach for the U.S. Air Force.
For any questions, contact Master Justin Faiferlick
567 South 25 Street, Fort Dodge, IA 50501