Yesterday members of the fencing team traveled to MIT for the NCAA Northeast Regional Championships, where three fencers — coincidentally, one from each squad — qualified for the Finals that will be held at Penn State during the second weekend of Spring Break.
“It was really tough,” said junior epee co-captain Tasha Hall, who qualified on the epee squad. “[Junior Sallie Dietrich] and I both made it to the final 12, and it was pretty intimidating. There were foreign [fencers] there who are really good and some of the top people from Nationals.”
This past weekend, the women’s equestrian team traveled to Saratoga Springs, N.Y., to compete in the Skidmore Show. Consistently one of the most competitive shows of the season, the women finished in second place overall with 33 points. Skidmore took first on their home turf with 47 points, with the Red closely beating out Hartwick and Morrisville, who tied for third with 32 points.
“We rode strongly all day,” junior Zoe Samuel said. “Obviously we were coming off of a great weekend [after placing first in the Cornell Show], but we were still happy with second place.”
The women’s tennis team looks to rebound this weekend when it faces Binghamton University and the University of Buffalo in a back-to-back home set. Cornell suffered a disappointing loss to Harvard on Sunday, falling short, 1-6, in its final match of the ECAC Women’s Tennis Team Championships.
In the Red’s (3-2, 0-0 Ivy) loss, sophomore Leah Seyburn at the No. 6 spot put forth an impressive outing, posting a 1-6, 6-2, 10-8 comeback. Senior captain Shayna Miller and senior Elizabeth Googe at the No. 2 spot also picked up Cornell’s only doubles win. The Red looks to build on these wins as it faces two tough teams with upcoming talent.
Although the equestrian team saw limited action over the winter break, select members did travel to Painesville, Ohio in early December to compete in the Tournament of Champions at Lake Erie College. The Red scored 13 points, placing it 10th out of 26 teams –– just shy of the ribbons. Representing Cornell were seniors Dana Kendrick and Caroline Shulman, junior Brooke Cagwin and sophomores Georgina Melbye, Lauren Lavo, Rachel Klion, Kelsey Craig and Scotty Weber.
The Red started off the day with tri-captain Kendrick riding to a first-place finish in the Open Flat class. She was joined by fellow captain Shulman in sixth.
This weekend the equestrian team will travel to Painesville, Ohio, to compete in the Tournament of Champions at Lake Erie College. The show will feature 22 schools from the east coast and beyond, many of which have ridden at Nationals in past seasons, or are expected to this year. What differentiates this tournament from typical collegiate horse shows, besides the sheer volume of teams competing, is the fact that every school can only bring eight riders, as opposed to the usual 16 or 20 who comprise a team at most regular season shows. For that reason, the Red will be relying on a relatively small amount of riders to keep up the team.
The equestrian team is off to a strong start this season, building some momentum that it hopes to carry through to Regionals in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., on March 28.
Much of this momentum was built when the Red finally got over the hump of beating Skidmore. The win reversed what had been a one-sided rivalry for over a year — a trend the team aims to continue over the course of the next several months.
“Our goal is, and always has been, to win Regions,” said head coach Chris Mitchell. “[Skidmore] has been the Regional champion for the last eight years, but it is time for a change.”
In comparing this year’s team to last year’s, Mitchell describes his current squad as being “way more cohesive … the chemistry is probably one of the best teams I’ve had of recent.”
The equestrian team’s show at Skidmore this past weekend was not without controversy, as it placed a disputed third out of thirteen teams, behind the host team (47) and Morrisville (38). The Red managed 36 points and was followed in the standings by Colgate (34), Hobart (28), Hartwick and Hamilton (26), Binghamton (25), Cobleskill (24), Siena (23), Anent (19), Ithaca (18), Elmira (14) and Albany (10).
“I’m disappointed, I think the girls rode great,” said head coach Chris Mitchell. “I think at the end of the day the judging was a little bizarre, and it is a sport that you are being judged on.” Cornell opened the day with senior tri-captains Dana Kendrick and Caroline Shulman placing second and fourth, respectively, in Open Fences.
The equestrian team was hitting on all cylinders this past weekend, as it beat rival Skidmore to claim victory in the latter portion of Morrisville’s two-day show. The Red started the weekend by scoring 34 points on Saturday, which put the team in third place behind Skidmore (46) and Morrisville (39). However, the riders came back in dominating fashion on Sunday to beat their rivals to the east by five points and secure their first win of the season.
“We had a wonderful day,” said head coach Chris Mitchell, “Everybody rode so well, it was just a good day all-around.”
The equestrian team put forth a solid effort this past weekend, as it played host to the Cornell Show on Sunday afternoon. The Red managed 37 points, which placed them third behind Skidmore (47) and Colgate (40). Rounding out the standings were Hartwick (31), Morrisville (19), Hamilton (16), Elmira (13), Albany (11) and RPI (6).
“I’m very proud of the girls,” said head coach Chris Mitchell. “It’s very hard to run a horse show and participate in it as well, since we do all the work.”
The equestrian team kicked off its season this past weekend at the Hartwick Fall Show, finishing second behind Skidmore. The show, held in Oneonta, N.Y., featured riders from 15 schools in the region, including Colgate, Binghamton, Elmira, Albany, RPI and Ithaca.
The Red’s second-place finish was fueled by contributions across the board. Cornell started the day competing in open fences and scored major points with senior Jess Bemis winning her section.
In the other fence classes — intermediate and novice — Cornell scored enough points to put the squad in first at the midway point of the show. Georgina Melbye rode to second in intermediate fences and sophomore Kelsey Craig won the blue ribbon in novice fences.