Brown Dominates In Season-Opening First-Place Finish

Sept. 23, 2007

East Greenwich, RI - After finishing the 2006-07 season with a third-place finish at IHSA Naitonals, the best such finish in the program's history, the Brown equestrian team did not rest on its laurels. The Bears began the 2007-08 season with a first-place finish at Faith Hill Farm on Saturday, finishing with 42 points to top a strong effort from fellow Region 1 power Connecticut, which had 39 points, and host Rhode Island, which had 30 points.

Sophomore Elizabeth Giliberti (Washington, DC) took home high point rider honors with two first-place finishes, earning the Bears 14 points as the point rider in Intermediate Fences and Intermediate Flat. Freshman Brianne Goutal (New York, NY) was impressive in her collegiate debut, earning reserve high point rider after winning her classes of Open Fences and Open Flat.

Also earning the Bears seven points apiece were seniors Irmak Tasindi (Istanbul, Turkey) and Stephanie Syc (Lake Forest, IL), who won their classes of Novice Flat and Walk Trot Canter, respectively.

Senior tri-captain Whitney Keefe (Wellesley, MA), the defending Open Level Point Champion in Region 1, had some bad luck. She pinned second in Open Fences, but failed to pin in Open Flat when her horse was spooked by another horse and reared in front of the judge. However, that ride was dropped from Brown's score, as sophomore Rachel Griffith (Merrimack, NH) pinned second in Novice Fences and senior Stephanie Carmack (Pawcatuck, CT) pinned third in Walk Trot to bring the team's total to 42 points.

Complete Brown Results:

Open Fences
Whitney Keefe (point rider) - 2nd
Brianne Goutal - 1st

Intermediate Fences
Elizabeth Giliberti (point rider) - 1st
Courtney Pope - DNP

Novice Fences
Rachel Griffith (point rider) - 2nd
Katie Goetz - 5th

Open Flat
Whitney Keefe (point rider) - DNP (dropped from team score)
Brianne Goutal - 1st

Intermediate Flat
Elizabeth Giliberti (point rider)- 1st
Katie Goetz - 2nd
Courtney Pope - 3rd

Novice Flat
Irmak Tasindi (point rider) - 1st
Emma Clippinger - 3rd
Rachel Griffith - 5th

Walk Trot Canter
Stephanie Syc (point rider) - 1st
Rosie Bogan - 6th

Walk Trot
Stephanie Carmack (point rider) - 3rd
McCall Lewis - 6th

Final Standings: Brown 42, Connecticut 39, Rhode Island 30, Post 26, Roger Williams 26, Connecticut College 24, Johnson & Wales 23, Trinity 23, Central Connecticut State 17, Wesleyan 16, Rhode Island College 8