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No. 6 SMU Sets School Record in 16-4 Senior Day Rout
Set Record For Most Points In A Meet, Largest Margin Of Victory; Sweeps MOP Honors
DALLAS (SMU) – The No. 6 SMU equestrian team honored its seniors with a 16-4 victory over No. 9 New Mexico State Saturday at the Dallas Equestrian Center. The Mustangs won all four disciplines, en route to setting the school record for most points in a meet and the largest margin of victory.
"It was wonderful to honor our senior class with a big victory over a good New Mexico State team," SMU head coach Carol Gwin said. "This was a great weekend moving into our road slate."
The Mustangs (5-2, 3-0 UEC) opened the day with a 5-0 sweep in Equitation Over Fences. Sophomore Alexandra Murphy led off the event with an 85-79 victory over Samantha Perlman, before Nora Gray edged Karianna Knezevich, 81-79. Freshman Vivian Yowan earned her third MOP of the season following an 88-65 rout of Erica Rosinski. Senior Sylvia de Toledo topped Remington Willkie, 79-70, before fellow senior Alexis Graves closed the event with an 80-74 win over Madison Brayman.
In reining, the Mustangs bested the Aggies, 4-1. Olivia Pakula opened scoring with a 71-68.5 win over Kimmy Ferrante. Junior Keagan Snively recorded a 76.5, the highest western score in program history, en route to an MOP-winning 76.5-74 decision over Kiley Newkirk. Madison Steed bested Hallie Padilla, 73.5-66, before senior Jaclyn White rounded off the event with a 73-72.5 win over Katherine Arnold.
Following intermission, SMU won Equitation on the Flat, 4-1. Gray bested Brayman, 80-73, for the flat MOP, her third honor in two days. Senior Leina King improved to 3-0 this season following a 71-63 win over Knezevich. Yowan and de Toledo both earned their second wins of the day, with Yowan topping Grace McMurry, 78-72, before de Toledo won 77-66 over Isabel Walton.
SMU claimed the final event, horsemanship, 3-2. Senior Kelsey Karanges topped Alyssa Luckhardt, 73-65 to open scoring. Ashley Mauney won her first career MOP award following a 74-63.5 rout of Morgan Matzdorff. Michaela Dinger bested Katlynn Crine, 73.5-48.5, to clinch the discipline victory.
The SMU equestrian team heads to Fresno, Calif., Feb. 17-18 for the meets against Fresno State and Baylor. A full recap and final results will be made available following the competition on SMUMustangs.com. During the meet, live results can be found on SMUMustangs.com or the SMU equestrian twitter page. Fans are encouraged to follow @SMUEquestrian.
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SMU moves up to number 5 in the country!!!
NCEA Team Rankings (Feb. 14, 2017)
2. Texas A&M
3. Oklahoma State
7. South Carolina
8. Fresno State
9. New Mexico State
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