Feb. 16, 2013
DALLAS (SMU) - The No. 10 SMU equestrian team was defeated by No. 6 Baylor with a raw score of 727-738 on Saturday morning at BuckBranch Farm. The teams tied 5-5 in point totals but the Mustangs fell to the Bears when the raw score was taken into consideration. With the loss, SMU moves to 6-3 on the season.
"We had some brilliant rides today and we had some mistakes," head coach Haley Schoolfield said. "Those little mistakes left the door open for an excellent Baylor team to get an edge on us. That being said, we will be hard at work next week as we prepare for SDSU and SHU."
The competition began with a 3-2 Mustang win in equitation over fences, taking the raw score of 367-366. Sophomore Courtney Line had a dominant 76-63 ride over Jenny Mitchell, while sophomore Emma Roberts edged Lindsey Otis 74-73. Freshman Colleen McKenzie also had a strong performance with a 78-74 victory over Paige Parker.
Baylor won the flat competition, 3-2, taking the raw score 372-360. Freshman Mary Abruzzese earned a point for SMU with a 78-71 win over Kim Woodsum. Junior Lucy Blundon edged Melanie Appel 68-67.
Senior day was celebrated during the intermission between equitation over fences and equitation on flat competitions. Both seniors and competing riders were cheered on by a number of fans that attended the meet as a part of the SMU Student Athletic Advisory Committee's annual "Pack the House" event.
"We are overjoyed at the turnout today for the Pack the House Event put on by our Life Skills coordinator," Coach Schoolfield added. "It was a great show of support from our SMU Athletics family and we were thrilled to host them at BuckBranch Farm. We are proud to be a part of the Mustang Nation."
The Mustangs travel to Brookings, S.D. on Feb. 23 to compete against Sacred Heart.