W&L Equestrian Claims Program's Second ODAC Title

WEYERS CAVE, Va. -- The Washington and Lee equestrian team highlighted its season with a first-place finish at the Old Dominion Athletic Conference Championships on Wednesday at the Bridgewater College Equestrian Center. 

The championship marked just the second time in program history the Generals have won and the first time since 2006.

W&L took the team title with 17 overall points, while host Bridgewater recorded 16 points for second and Sweet Briar totaled 14 points for third. With 10 total points, Randolph claimed fourth, Lynchburg registered fifth with five points and Hollins wrapped up the team results with four points for sixth.

The event included two over fences phases and one flat phase.  The Generals were in fourth-place following the first round of competition, but W&L claimed the second phase of the fences competition.  The championship was decided on the flat phase and two riders, senior Claire Stevenson (Southampton, N.Y. / St. Paul's School) and sophomore Laura Lemon (Roanoke, Va./North Cross) both tallied 86.5 points for a first-place total of 173 that claimed the title for the Blue & White.

Stevenson led the Generals with a first-place individual finish overall to earn All-ODAC and Rider of the Year honors. She recorded 85.0, 87.25 and 86.5 points in the three events to average 86.125 total points. In two events, first-year Caleigh Wells (Calabasas, Calif. / Louisville) averaged 85.875 total points (85.75, 86.0) for third-place and also garnered all-conference accolades, as well as ODAC Rookie of the Year honors.

Senior Maia Robbins (Seattle, Wash. / Lakeside School) and Lemon joined Stevenson and Wells as the four athletes competing for the championship for the Generals.  Robbins averaged 73.25 points (76.0, 70.5) in two events to finish 18th, while Lemon averaged 72.75 points (67.0, 78.5, 86.5) in three events to place 19th overall.  Both were key in the Generals' victory.  Lemon's score in the flat phase was instrumental in leading the Generals to victory, while Robbins rode the Lemon family's horse Wallstreet Heir as a last-minute fill-in in the fences classes, performing admirably and allowing W&L to opportunity to rally for the win.

Cecelia Parks from Hollins was named the Scholar-Athlete of the Year, while head coach Gordon Reistrup was tabbed as Coach of the Year.

Stevenson and Lemon will be back in action on Sunday when they compete at the IHSA Zone Finals at Hollins.

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Final Team Results:
Champion- Washington and Lee University, 17
Reserve Champion- Bridgewater College, 16
3- Sweet Briar College, 14
4- Randolph College, 10
5- Lynchburg College, 5
6- Hollins University, 4

ODAC Equitation Over Fences
1- Bridgewater College
2- Sweet Briar College
3- Randolph College
4- Washington and Lee University
5- Lynchburg College
6- Hollins University

ODAC Equitation Over Fences
1- Washington and Lee University
2- Bridgewater College
3- Sweet Briar College
4- Randolph College
5- Lynchburg College
6- Hollins

ODAC Equitation on the Flat
1- Washington and Lee University
2- Sweet Briar College
3- Bridgewater College
4- Randolph College
5- Hollins University
6- Lynchburg College

All ODAC Team:
1- Claire Stevenson, Washington and Lee
2- Abigail Stromar, Sweet Briar College
3- Caleigh Wells, Washington and Lee
4- Allison Renzulli, Lynchburg College
5- Emily Manos, Bridgewater College
6- Kayla Deyarmin, Bridgewater College
7- Taylor Rose, Bridgewater College
8- Meaghan Hynes, Randolph College
9- Kathleen Drake, Sweet Briar College
10- Kaitlan Parker, Bridgewater College