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Westmont Polo Team Rides to Nationals for 3rd Straight Year

Warriors pound Stanford, 20-4, to take western regional title.

The Westmont College polo team — from left, Collin White, Wiley Uretz, Bodie Bottoms and coach John Westley — were all smiles while hoisting the hardware after their regional tournament victory.
The Westmont College polo team — from left, Collin White, Wiley Uretz, Bodie Bottoms and coach John Westley — were all smiles while hoisting the hardware after their regional tournament victory. (Westmont Men’s Club Polo Team photo)

For the third straight year, the Westmont Men’s Club Polo Team has won the U.S. Polo Association Western Regionals, and a berth in the USPA national intercollegiate championships in Charlottesville, Va., April 6-11. Westmont beat Stanford, 20-4, for the championship Saturday, after powering past Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, 33-6, on Friday.

[inset}This year’s team includes Collin White, a returning player and junior from Napa, and new players Bodie Bottoms, a senior from Santa Barbara, and Wiley Uretz, a freshman from La Quinta. Uretz and White were selected to the men’s all-star team and Bottoms received honorable mention for sportsmanship at the three-day tournament.

The team nearly succeeded in its unexpected quest for a national championship in 2007, losing 12-8 to Texas A&M in the finals at the Kentucky Horse Park.

John Westley, owner of the Santa Barbara Polo School, coaches the team.

Polo became a club sport on campus eight years ago, but students were unable to field a team until three years ago. The team practices with Westley at the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club and plays games on Sundays, riding horses on loan from the Santa Barbara Youth Polo Association.

Scott Craig is media relations manager at Westmont College.

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