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Collegiate Equestrian: Desiderio Makes Most Of Senior Day

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Alex Desiderio of Chester, N.J. competes for the Texas A&M Equestrian Team. Credits: Texas A&M Equestrian Team
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COLLEGE STATION, Texas — The No. 4 Texas A&M Equestrian team capped off the regular season with a 17-0 victory over West Texas A&M on March 23 at the Hildebrand Equine Complex.

The win marks the first regular season shutout in program history and breaks the school record for the largest margin of victory. The 17-0 win also ranks fourth in most points scored in a regular season meet since the program began in 1999.  In the Hunt Seat Arena, the squad posted their first 10-0 shutout in history, breaking the previous 8-0 record.

"It is always a tough day when the seniors are concentrating on being nostalgic and thinking that this is their last ride, but they rode well. I thank West Texas A&M for coming down here and making the trip. We are excited for what the future holds," head coach Tana McKay said. "It is a great win to come off of the Georgia meet two weeks ago. Coming off that week was a struggle, so this is great for the girls to have this heading into next weekend. We are preparing to head into postseason in just a few short days.”

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The Aggies (10-5, 3-3 SEC) jumped out to a 5-0 lead after sweeping Equitation over Fences as Alex Desiderio of  Chester, N.J. opened the meet with an 86 to outscore Klarissa Barley’s 70.

Texas A&M continued their dominance in the Hunt Seat arena after taking Equitation on the Flat, 5-0. The Aggies swept Hunter Seat, which ties the record for most points scored by the Hunt Seat squad in a regular season meet since 2009 against Oklahoma State. Desiderio tallied her second point of the day with a 91-85 win.

The Aggies return to action Friday, March 30 in South Carolina as they face off against No. 2 Auburn in the SEC Championship Semifinals.

See video at http://12thman.com/news/2018/3/23/equestrian-no-4-texas-am-blanks-west-texas-am-17-0-on-senior-day.aspx

No Changes in Rankings

WACO, Texas — The National Collegiate Equestrian Association on announced its latest Farnam Team Rankings for collegiate equestrian on March 27, as determined by the NCEA Selection Committee.  There have been no changes to last week's rankings. Teams are preparing for the conference championships as they come up this weekend, March 30-31. South Carolina will host the SEC Championship, SMU has the UEC Championship, and TCU is hosting the Big 12 Championship.

For all of the latest information on NCEA equestrian, please log on to www.collegiateequestrian.com or follow @NCEA_Equestrian on Twitter and _ncea on Instagram.

FARNAM Top 10 Rankings (March 27, 2018)

1. Georgia

2. Auburn

3. Oklahoma State

4. Texas A&M

5. TCU

6. SMU

7. Baylor

8. UT-Martin

9. South Dakota State

10. South Carolina

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