SKYHAWKS HANG WITH NO. 4 TEXAS A&M BEFORE FALLING 12-7 IN SEASON OPENER
September 23, 2016
MARTIN, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee at Martin equestrian team held its own against No. 4 Texas A&M this afternoon but the Aggies claimed a 12-7 win in the season opener for both squads at the Ned McWherter Agricultural Pavilion.
The Skyhawks were narrowly edged in Hunt Seat, as Texas A&M posted a 5-4 advantage in that discipline. The scores were also tight in Western but the Aggies were able to manage four of the five team points in reining.
Monica Zoromski (77 points) claimed MOP honors in equitation on the flat while Claire Ottinger also tallied a team point with a score of 71. Randi LaChance compiled the highest score (78 points) of any participant in equitation on the flat but she tied against Texas A&M’s Alex Desiderio.
LaChance earned a point in equitation over fences, piling up an event-best 81 points. Zoromski also picked up a team point with an 80-point effort in equitation over fences.
In horsemanship, Brittany Woodard (72 points) and Bobbie Piddock (71.5 points) accumulated team points for UT Martin. Sammi Felts also added a team point in reining with a 67.5-point performance but ultimately two of the Aggies’ team points in reining were decided by two points or less.
The Skyhawks host their second straight ranked team to begin the 2016-17 season on Thursday, Sept. 29 when they host defending national champion and current No. 1 ranked Auburn. The competition will begin at 1 p.m. at the Ned McWherter Agricultural Pavilion.