November 10, 2008

Giliberti Leads Bears to Second Place Finish at UConn

Nov. 10, 2008

Storrs, CT - Junior Elizabeth Giliberti (Washington, D.C.) continued her terrific season on Saturday, helping the equestrian team to a close second place finish at the University of Connecticut. Giliberti pinned first in the Open Flat and second in the Open Fences to increase her lead in the prestigious Cacchione Cup standings to six points. The Bears also opened up their advantage in the season standings, and now lead second place URI by 17 points with only one show remaining.

Giliberti started the show off well for Brown, as she took the blue ribbon in the first class of the Open Flat, followed just minutes later by another first for the Bears, this one by sophomore Allegra Aron (Burlingame, CA) in the second class. Bruno continued to ride well in the Intermediate Flat, as sophomore point rider Dakota Gruener (Berkeley, CA) pinned second in her class, and junior Emily Bourdeau (Longmeadow, MA) took first in the final class of the event.

After the first two events, Brown found itself in a four-way tie for the lead in what was shaping up to be a close show. In the Walk Trot Canter, an event that has been strong for the Bears all season, freshman point rider Cara Rosenbaum continued the streak with a first-place finish, followed by fellow newcomer Kelsey MacMillan also taking the blue ribbon in Walk Trot.

Moving into the jumping segment, the Bears found themselves tied for third, only a point back from Connecticut College and six behind host UConn. Once again Giliberti set the tone quickly, placing second in the opening class of the Open Fences. Sophomore point rider Elise Fishelson (Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.) followed her with a big win for the Bears, pinning first in her class to give the team seven points and move Brown into second place.

In the Intermediate Fences, Gruener continued her impressive performance with another second, this time as the point rider, closing the gap on UConn to only four points. Freshman Rebecca McGoldrick wrapped up the competition by pinning first in her class of the Novice Fences, but UConn's point rider also placed first, making the final margin a four-point win for the Huskies.

Overall, however, the show was a success for Brown, as the team gained five points in the season standings on URI, the closest challenger. The Bears will be in action again on Saturday, when they travel to Wesleyan to wrap up the fall season, and look poised to close it out in first.