Stonehill Places Third at Tufts Show

Alicia Wielgoszinski

Wielgoszinski is Skyhawks first regional qualifier in walk-trot

HOLLISTON, Mass. (October 10, 2010) – The Stonehill College equestrian team opened its fall season with a third-place finish at the Tufts University home show, hosted by August Farm, on Saturday afternoon.

Stonehill compiled 31 points to finish behind Boston University and host Tufts in the team competition. Senior Alicia Wielgoszinski (Amherst, Mass./Brewster Academy) led the winners for the Skyhawks and is the team's first regional qualifier with her victory in walk-trot equitation. Senior Callie Ryan (Newtown, Conn./Newtown) placed first in walk-trot-canter equitation, while classmate Kate Perez (Southampton, Mass./Hampshire Regional) was also an event winner with her first place finish in novice flat equitation. Junior Margeaux DeVirgilio (Poughkeepsie, N.Y./Our Lady of Lourdes) rounded out the event winners for Stonehill in novice equitation over fences, despite being a late substitute for an injured teammate.

Junior Alexa Riccio (Cheshire, Conn./Cheshire) placed second for intermediate equitation over fences, while sophomore Hanna Pattie (Newburyport, Mass./Brewster Academy) took second place for intermediate equitation on the flat.

Stonehill returns to action next Sunday when it participates in the Wheaton College home show at Phoenix Rising Horse Farm in North Smithfield, R.I., starting at 9 a.m.