Sylvia de Toledo
April 18, 2014
WACO, Texas - The No. 10 SMU equestrian team dropped an 11-5 (2315-2234) decision to No. 2 Oklahoma State in the National Collegiate Equestrian Association Quarterfinals on Friday at the Extraco Events Center.
"We always knew it was going to be a tough day," head coach Natalie Burton said. "They are one of the top teams in the country for a reason. I thought the hunt seat girls did a really great job, after a few bobbles early on. They fought back really well. They (Oklahoma State) are the best western team in the country, they always have been. With that said, I thought our western girls did a great job keeping their composure, laying out solid rounds and getting a point in horsemanship."
SMU, which made its third quarterfinal appearance in program history on Friday, was led by freshman All-American Sylvia de Toledo, who took both hunter seat points on the day. De Toledo's double on Friday was her second of the season (Nov. 1 vs. South Dakota State).
For the second day in a row, de Toledo earned a flat point, this time defeating Oklahoma State's Sammy Elser 151-142 to give SMU its lone point of the first event of the day. Senior Julianna Fischer capped off her career with a 145, the third best score of the eight flat rides in the matchup.
Trailing 7-1 after being swept in reining, the SMU fences corps took three of the four points from Oklahoma State to cut the Cowgirls lead to 8-4 heading into horsemanship. For the second day in a row, junior Emma Roberts picked up a fences point for the Mustangs, turning in a 153 to clip Oklahoma State's Jorden Davis by three. Roberts finished the 2013-14 season with a 6-6 record over fences. De Toledo completed her two-point day with a 162-148 to make it 7-3, before sophomore All-American Schaefer Raposa anchored the Mustangs' fences lineup with a 161-147 victory. De Toledo finished the season with a 12-5 record over fences, including five MOP rides, while Raposa ended her sophomore campaign with a 10-5 mark over fences.
Junior Courtney Line inked her third western point of the week, taking her horsemanship matchup by a count of 139.5-138.5. Line finished the 2013-14 campaign with six horsemanship points to co-lead the Mustangs in their first season with a western program.