March 31, 2018

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DALLAS, Texas – The No. 8 ranked University of Tennessee at Martin equestrian team closed out their participation in the United Equestrian Conference Championships today, as the Skyhawks tied No. 9 South Dakota State but were narrowly edged out in an overall tally of raw points in the consolation round.

UT Martin came through for a 6-2 win in the Hunt Seat discipline, taking three wins in both equitation on the flat and equitation over fences. After the Jackrabbits notched six points in the Western discipline to tie the meet at 8-all, the individual raw points were tallied to determine a winner. South Dakota State secured 2,267.25 points while the Skyhawks accumulated 1,894 points.

In equitation on the flat, Monika Zoromski posted the highest score for UT Martin as her performances of 66 and 69 points led to a head-to-head win. Abbie Hopkins (129 points) also earned a victory with scores of 66 and 63 while Lindsay Anderson provided a win with a total score of 120 points (57-63). Quinn Reed also represented the Skyhawks in the event, maintaining an overall score of 108 after rides of 57 and 51 points.

Hopkins won her second head-to-head matchup of the day after a 153-point effort in equitation over fences, accounting for scores of 79-74. Brooke Pfeiffer (70-75; 145 points) and Anderson (68-67; 135 points) additionally earned team points for UT Martin with strong performances. Zoromski also competed in the event, posting a total score of 139 after rides of 68 and 71.

Hannah McDonald and Madeline Williams were the only two Skyhawks to earn team points in the Western discipline, as they both accomplished the feat in reining. McDonald notched 141.5 total points behind performances of 70.5 and 71 while Williams tallied 140.5 overall points thanks to scores of 70 and 70.5. Liana Nowak (65.5-66; 131.5 points) and Noel Meadows (no score) also competed for UT Martin in reining.

The Skyhawks were literally a half-point away from victory in the match but fell by the slimmest of margins in horsemanship. Bailey Newlin notched a team-best 144 points in the event courtesy of 72.5- and 71.5-point performances but barely fell to a 144.5 score in her head-to-head matchup. Devon Woods (72-71; 143 points) also gave it her all but came up a single point shy of the win in her matchup. Lucy Eier (68.5-68.5) and Bobbie Piddock (68-66.5) also secured scores of 137 and 134.5, respectively.

Next up for UT Martin is the NCEA Championships, which are held in Waco, Texas on April 18-21.

Photo courtesy of Grace Salmon

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