Sept. 29, 2013
WILMER, Texas (SMU) - The SMU equestrian team won all four events, including its first reining title on the young campaign to combine for a 13-4 victory over No. 10 University of Tennessee at Martin on Sunday at BuckBranch Farm. SMU also held a 1483.5-1336 point edge over UT Martin.
"I couldn't be more happy about the start this team has gotten off to," interim head coach Natalie Burton said. "It felt like a full team win out there today."
The Mustangs started the morning with a 5-0 sweep in equitation over fences. Freshman Sylvia de Toledo turned in the top score on the event, topping her opponent 85-80. Four of the five Mustang riders scored an 80 or higher, including sophomore Schaefer Raposa's 83-60 rout of her UTM counterpart. Senior Julianna Fischer edged the Skyhawks' Nora Wilson by a count of 82-81, and junior Emma Roberts claimed an 80-77 victory.
Simultaneously on the western side, SMU's horsemanship lineup claimed its second-straight 3-2 victory. Redshirt-freshman Kristen Schramm picked up her first of two points on the day with a 73.5-69.5 win. Classmate Morgan Redwine claimed a two-point victory with her 75.5 performance, and freshman Hannah McCain edged her opponent by a point after receiving a 72.5.
SMU claimed a 3-1 edge on the flat, including rookie Charlotte Jacobs' second point of the afternoon on her 76-57 rout. Sophomore Mary Abbruzzese (78-65) and freshman Paulena Johnson (86-59) picked up the other two flat victories for the Mustangs. Johnson won flat MVP honors on the day.
"The hunt seat team took what it did on Thursday and made a few tweaks and cleaned up a few things, and I think that showed in our scores today," Burton said.
Redwine became the third Mustang to do the double and won reining MVP honors on Sunday with her 70.5-67.5 win. Schramm got a point after her 68.5-point performance, while McCain and freshman Jaclyn White earned a pair of reining ties.
"We (the coaches and the team) are excited about how good our western team has been this fast, and against some seasoned programs," Burton said. "This start is a great benchmark for them this early in the year. They've worked very hard, and I know they will continue to improve."
SMU's back in action next week when it travels to Dover, Del., next Saturday to take on South Carolina (9 a.m. CT) and Delaware State (2 p.m. CT) as part of a double header.