FAIRFIELD, Conn.- As the holidays arrive and the students are studying for final exams, let's recap what the Sacred Heart University Equestrian team has accomplished this semester.
Currently, the Hunt Seat squad is ranked first overall in team points with 201 total points. They are presently ahead by 14 points over second place UCONN while Trinity is third with 186. Connecticut College, Fairfield, Wesleyan, CCSU, Yale and Hartford round out the board.
Individually, four Pioneers have been named High Point Riders in both the Western and Hunt Seat events combined. Meanwhile, six Pioneers have been named reserve high point riders.
In the IHSA Zone I leaderboard, the Western squad is on top with three events to go tallying a total of 218 points. If the Pioneers remain on top of the leaderboard after the next three events, SHU will advance to the Semi-Final Championships which will be held in March.
This year the Pioneers have topped last year's program record by sending 20 riders into post season vs the 19 riders in 2017-2018. While 7 competitions still remain, that number may still increase.
Seniors Cariann Johnson, Michelle Johnson, Victoria Caputo, Gina Gramarossa, and Megan Griffin are accompanied by Emily Spellman and Olivia Zwernemann, both juniors, and sophomores Hailey Tyler and Brigitta Shepard in qualifying for the Western Regional Championship with their impressive individual event performances this semester.
Cariann Johnson, Michelle Johnson, Victoria Caputo, and Gina Gramarossa have also qualified for the Hunter Seat Regional Championship along with senior Emery Smith. Juniors Anne Berger, Gabi Sorrentino, Valerie Stein, Emily Scrobe, Michaela Fritsch, and Freshman Abigail Fessele also qualified for Hunter Seat Regionals which will be held in March.
Michele Johnson is currently ranked as the #2 open rider in western points while her teammate Cariann Johnson tops the leader board in open hunter seat points.
Together, the Hunter Seat and Western Squads have been named the High Point team in nine of the thirteen competitions they have competed in this semester.
The Pioneers will be returning to action on Sunday, February 3 when the Western will be competing at UCONN.