Freshman Alex Butterworth among the five Mustangs named All-Americans
April 8, 2013
DALLAS (SMU) – Five SMU equestrian riders were named to the 2013 Second Team All-America by the National Collegiate Equestrian Association. Alex Butterworth, Schaefer Raposa, and Courtney Line were three of the four riders chosen in the equitation over fences category. Greer Hindle and Mary Abbruzzese were selected for equitation on the flat.
Riders with the top eight Adjusted VERS in each discipline are selected as First and Second Team All-Americans. Adjusted VERS is calculated:
Wins - Losses + Margin of Victory + Average Score + # of MVPs
Freshman Butterworth earned a record of 9-2 this season in equitation over fences, including MVP honors against San Diego State University and rival Texas Christian University. Her Adjusted VERS score is a 97.45.
Raposa, another freshman, holds a 7-2 record over fences, earning MVP honors at three meets, including against No. 1 South Carolina. She was also named the over fences champion at the Winter Equestrian Festival, collecting the high point award in the first round of competition when she shut out her opponent. She has an Adjusted VERS score of 95.44.
Sophomore Line is 8-2 over fences and was named MVP of one match. Her Adjusted VERS score is a 95.50.
Sophomore Hindle holds a 4-1-1 record in equitation on the flat. She earned MVP honors in three of her four victories. Her Adjusted VERS score is a 95.37.
Freshman Abbruzzese has won her last five matches in a row, giving her a solid record of 5-1. She holds an Adjusted VERS score of 95.17.
The No. 6-seeded Mustangs face No. 11 New Mexico State in the opening round of competition of the National Collegiate Equestrian Championship on April 18 at 9:00 a.m. at the Extraco Events Center in Waco, Texas.