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March 3, 2003

Augusta, Ga. – The USC Equestrian Team finished first at Saturday’s IHSA competition, held at Augusta State University in Augusta, Georgia, in spite of 45-degree temperatures and pouring rain.

“I think we all performed really well despite the torrential weather we rode in on Saturday,” said sophomore Tara Brothers.

Sunday’s competition brought better weather but the team finished fourth behind Auburn, UGA and Berry College.

Brothers was named Reserve High Point Rider after winning her Open Over Fences class and placing second in the Open Flat. Senior Brooke Spitzer also won the Open Flat on Saturday.

On Sunday, first place finishes were captured by senior Lisa Wilson in Novice Flat and freshman Amy Strong in Advanced Walk/Trot/Canter. Second place finishes were won over the weekend by senior Sarah Tomasi, freshman Chelsea Koornick, sophomore Kerrie Reeves, senior Lisa Wilson and junior Kyra Hufford.

The Lady Gamecocks travel to Auburn next weekend for their final IHSA show of the regular season. The competition will feature two hunt seat shows and one western show.

Augusta State IHSA Results March 1, 2003

Open Section 1- 1. Brooke Spitzer, 2. Sarah Tomasi, 3. Kelly Girtman Open Section 2- 2. Tara Brothers, 3. Tracy Tomala, 6. Gretchen Zavarella Intermediate- 3. Molly Harrison, 5. Alexis Pospischil Open Fences- 1. Tara Brothers, 4. Tracy Tomala, 6. Sarah Tomasi Intermediate Fences- 2. Chelsea Koornick Novice Flat- 2. Kerrie Reeves, 2. Lisa Wilson, 3. Lisa Boykin, 3. Jessica Keels, 4. Laura Pipken Novice Fences- 5. Lindsey Wilson, 5. Lisa Wilson Advanced Walk/Trot/Canter- 2. Kyra Hufford, 3. Lindsey Weathers, 3. Amy Strong Walk/Trot- 4. Margy Myers, 6. Michelle Jenkins

Augusta State IHSA Results March 2, 2003

Open Flat- 5. Tara Brothers, 6. Sarah Tomasi Intermediate Flat- 4. Alexis Pospischil, 4. Lindsey Wilson Open Fences- 4. Sarah Tomasi, 5. Tara Brothers Intermediate Fences- 3. Chelsea Koornick, 5. Lisa Boykin Novice Flat- 1. Lisa Wilson, 3. Lauren Brown Novice Fences- 6. Lisa Wilson Advanced Walk/Trot/Canter- 1. Amy Strong, 3. Kendra Burdett Walk/Trot- 4. Margy Myers, 5. Michelle Jenkins