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SBCC Women Saddle Up for Shot at National Polo Title

Vaqueros beat defending regional champ Cal Poly for West title.

Danielle Travis, Lucila Ritterstein and Meredith Kronja have an opportunity to achieve something no other SBCC student-athlete can claim — a national championship. The trio rode their horses in fine Vaquero fashion recently while beating defending regional champion Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, 12-7, to claim the West Regional title at the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club.

The squad, coached by ex-professional player John Westley, earned a berth in the five-team U.S. Polo Association National Intercollegiate Championships next week in Lexington, Ky. SBCC, the only JC women’s team in the competition, will take on Oregon State in a play-in game at 1 p.m. Tuesday with the winner advancing to the semifinals.

Three-time defending champion Connecticut is also in the field. In college polo, the format is 3-on-3 and it’s played on a smaller field. SBCC walloped Stanford, 20-3, behind 16 goals from Travis, to reach the West Regional final.

The Westmont College men’s club polo team  is also in the championship tournament, and will play Texas A&M at 4 p.m. Thursday.

Dave Loveton is Santa Barbara City College‘s sports information specialist.

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