Six First Place Ribbons Earn Pioneers High Points Team

STORRS, CONN. (November 23, 2013)—The Sacred Heart equestrian team was the High Points Team in the final Z2R5 show of the semester. Taylor DiBella (Holmdel, N.J.), Katie Gray (Colchester, Vt.) and Cortney Sevigny (Thompson, Conn.) all qualified for the Z2R5 Regional Championship. Overall, the Pioneers took home six first place ribbons.

After being 2-0 this season, Sevigny earned the final six points she needed in Novice Flat to qualify for Regionals. DiBella earned her way by claiming first in Open Flat. This was the junior's first Open Flat competition after qualifying for Intermediate Flat the previous weekend. She also finished fourth in Intermediate Fences. Gray punched her ticket to Regionals taking second in Intermediate Fences and fourth in Intermediate Flat.

Jocelyn Alfieri (Darien, Conn.) continues to lead the region in Open Points over Fairfield University's Irene Peluso 60-55 after taking fourth in Open Flat and sixth in Open Fences this weekend.

Riley Boath continues to be perfect in the Walk/Trot this year. The freshman is 3-0 this season in the event after taking home the first place ribbon again at UConn.

Star Rota (Brooklyn, N.Y.) finished first in Walk/Trot/Canter, while Danielle Belson (Westhampton Beach, N.Y.) took first in Novice Flat. Allison Buccos (East Moriches, N.Y.) and Hayley Mena (Huntington, N.Y.) also went home with first place ribbons in Open Fences and Novice Flat respectively. Mena also finished fourth in Novice Fences her first time showing.

Katherine Byrne (Annandale, Va.) took second in Novice Fences, Emma Sands (Hopkinton, Mass.) finished right behind her in the event, and Abigail Williams (Dover Plains, N.Y.) was third in Novice Flat. 

Sacred Heart has come a long way in the past year. Currently in first place, the Pioneers have 79 more points than this point last year when they were in second behind UConn.

The Pioneers next competition is the Tournament of Champions at Centenary College on December 7, where Sacred Heart will compete against 25 of the top IHSA teams from across the country.