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The 2016 Intercollegiate season features 22 men’s teams and 28 women’s teams, competing through regular season, preliminary, regional and national tournaments; from east coast to west coast, north and south – and Canada! Click here for NIC information.

NATIONAL INTERCOLLEGIATE CHAMPIONSHIP
WOMEN'S TEAMS

CALIFORNIA POLYTECHNIC

Team Location - Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, CA

Region - Western

Team Coach - Megan Judge

Tournament Assignment - Western Regional

Past Championships - Western Regionals 2014, Western Regionals 2013

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Fiona McBride-Luman
Age - 18
Hometown - Oakdale, CA
Major - Animal Science
Year - Freshman
All Star/Sportsmanship Award(s) - 2015 Interscholastic Girl's Regionals All-star and USPA Scholarship Recipient
How did you get involved with polo - Fiona started with interscholastic polo on the recommendation of a friend of hers from UC Davis.

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Trista Noland
Age - 18
Hometown - San Luis Obispo, CA
Major - Animal Science
Year - Freshman
All Star/Sportsmanship Award(s) - Interscholastic Regionals All-Star 2015, Interscholastic Regionals All-Star 2014
How did you get involved with polo - Trista's grandmother and friends and Cal Poly Alumni Kelly and Karen Shaw influenced her decision to start polo.

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Jillian Tietje
Age - 18
Hometown - San Luis Obispo, CA
Major - Dairy Science
Year - Freshman
All Star/Sportsmanship Award(s) - Interscholastic Nationals All-Star 2015, Interscholastic Nationals All-Star 2014
How did you get involved with polo - Jillian's father got her interested in polo.

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Hannah Heitzig
Age - 21
Hometown - Los Angeles, CA
Major - Education
Year - Senior
All Star/Sportsmanship Award(s) - N/A
How did you get involved with polo - Hannah started polo on the recommendation of a friend from Standford who also plays.

CORNELL UNIVERSITY

Team Location - Ithica, NY
Region - Northeastern
Team Coach - David Eldredge
Tournament Assignment - Northeastern Regional

Past Championships - 2015, 2011, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1991, 1988, 1987, 1986, 1985, 1984, 1979

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Elena Wicker
Age - 22
Hometown - Ithaca, NY
Major - Near Eastern Studies
Year - Senior
All Star/Sportsmanship Award(s) - 2016 Intercollegiate Regional All Star, 2015 Intercollegiate National Champion, 2009 Open Interscholastic Regional All Star
How did you get involved with polo? - I started riding at a young age doing jumpers, then when I was ten years old I was invited to a polo game by a family friend whose daughter was a varsity player at Cornell at the time. I was immediately interested, got involved in interscholastic polo at Cornell and have been playing ever since.

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Emma Eldredge
Age - 20
Hometown - Ithaca, NY
Major - Psychology
Year - Junior
All Star/Sportsmanship Award(s) - 2015 Intercollegiate National Champion, 2015 Northeastern Intercollegiate Regional All Star, 2013 Women's Interscholastic Player of the Year Award, 2013 Northeastern Coed Interscholastic Regional All Star, 2012 Women's Interscholastic National All Star, 2010 Women's Interscholastic National Champion
How did you get involved with polo? - I started around the age of 8, however I had been around it my entire life. My entire family plays/played polo so I grew up with it. My father is also the coach of Cornell Polo so I always knew I would play as soon as I was strong enough.

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Anna Winslow
Age - 22
Hometown - Owings Mills, MD
Major - Economics
Year - Senior
All Star/Sportsmanship Award(s)- 2015 Intercollegiate National Champion, 2011 Interscholastic National Champion, 2014, 2015, 2016 Intercollegiate Regional All-Star, 2013, 2014, 2015 Intercollegiate National All-Star, 2011, 2012 Interscholastic National All-Star
How did you get involved with polo? - I started riding and showing at a young age at Garrison Forest School. A friend who I rode with started taking polo lessons and convinced me to join her in the 5th grade. The next year I joined the middle school team at Garrison and have been playing ever since.

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Claire Stieg & Hannah Noyes
Age - 22 & 20
Hometown - New York, NY & Baltimore, MD
Major - Developmental Sociology & Communication
Year - Senior & Sophomore
All Star/Sportsmanship Award(s) - Claire: 2010 Interscholastic Country Farms MVP, 2011 Interscholastic South East Regional All Star, 2015 Cornell Polo Most Improved Player; Hannah: 2014 Interscholastic Regional Sportsmanship Award
How did you get involved with polo? - Claire: My brother and I started riding at Country Farms when my family moved to New York. After a few years of taking lessons and showing, the owner suggested that we try playing polo. I was more invested in the horse show world at the time, but I decided to give polo a try as soon as I saw my brother play and how much fun he was having; Hannah: I got into polo in 4th grade because I was too scared of jumping and Garrison Forest offered beginner polo to lower schoolers.

TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY

Team Location - College Station, TX
Region - Central
Team Coach - Mike McCleary
Tournament Assignment - Central Regional
Past Championships - N/A

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Kendall Plank
Age - 20
Hometown - Houston, Texas
Major - University Studies
Year - Sophomore
All Star/Sportsmanship Award(s) - 2014 Girls Interscholastic All-Star, 2015 Central Region All-Star, 2016 Central Region All-Star
How did you get involved with polo? - Started riding at a young age and began playing polo at the age of 9 at the Houston Polo Club.

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Marissa Wells
Age - 19
Hometown - Freeland, Maryland
Major - Animal Science
Year - Freshman
All Star/Sportsmanship Award(s) - 2014 National Interscholastic All-Star, 2014 PTF Female Interscholastic Player of the Year, 2015 national interscholastic all-star, 2016 central region all-star
How did you get involved with polo? - Grew up riding all of her life, picked up a mallet at the age of 8.

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Lara Straussfeld
Age - 21
Hometown - Bellville, Texas
Major - Animal Science
Year - Senior
All Star/Sportsmanship Award(s) - 2014-2016 Central Region All-Star
How did you get involved with polo? - Went to watch a game with her dad at the Houston Polo Club and was hooked ever since.

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Celine Henke
Age - 21
Hometown - Minneapolis, Minnesota
Major - Film Major
Year - Senior
All Star/Sportsmanship Award(s) - N/A
How did you get involved with polo? - Started playing in Sarasota, Fl at the age of 12.

UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA

Team Location - Charlottesville, Va

Region - Southeastern

Team Coach - Lou Lopez

Tournament Assignment - Southeastern Regional

Past Championships - Women's Varsity 1990, 1992, 1993, 1999, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2014

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Mary Collins
Age - 21
Hometown - Baltimore, MD
Major - Environmental Science
Year - Junior
All Star/Sportsmanship Award(s) - Regional All Star Award: 2015
How did you get involved with polo? - Started playing at Marlan Farms.

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Katie Mitcham

Age - 20
Hometown - Atlanta, GA
Major - Archaeology and Econ
Year - Sophomore
All Star/Sportsmanship Award(s) - N/A
How did you get involved with polo? - Taking riding lessons at a barn that had polo lessons available for kids.

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Julia Smith Age - 21

Hometown -
Haverford, PA
Major - Latin American Studies
Year - Senior
All Star/Sportsmanship Award(s) - Regional All Star Award: 2014, 2015 , National All Star Award: 2014, 2015
How did you get involved with polo? - Started taking riding lessons with Lezlie Hiner and then started playing on the Work to Ride Women's team.

Caroline Hardie Age - 20

Hometown -
Baltimore, MD
Major - Undeclared Year - Sophomore
All Star/Sportsmanship Award(s) - N/A
How did you get involved with polo? - Through Garrison Forest

NATIONAL INTERCOLLEGIATE CHAMPIONSHIP MEN'S TEAMS

CORNELL UNIVERSITY

Team Location - Ithica, NY
Region - Northeastern
Team Coach - David Eldredge
Tournament Assignment - Northeastern Regional

Past Championships - Men's Regional Championships - '89,'91, '92' '93, '94, '95, '96, '97, '01, '02, '03, '04, '05, '06, '08, '09, '10, '11, '13, '14, '15 Men's National Championships - '37, '55, '56, '58, '59, '61, '62, '63, '66, '92, '05

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Daniel Shaw
Age - 20
Hometown - West Grove, PA
Major - Mechanical & Aerospace Eng
Year - Sophomore
All Star/Sportsmanship Award(s) - N/A
How did you get involved with polo? - Brandywine Polo Club

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Ignacio Masias
Age - 20
Hometown - Lima, Peru
Major - Applied Economics
Year - Junior
All Star/Sportsmanship Award(s) - Two NE Regional All Stars and one National All Star
How did you get involved with polo? - Father started with polo and taught my brother and I the game.

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Ryan Saul

Age - 19
Hometown - Ithaca, NY
Major - Environmental Science
Year - Sophomore
All Star/Sportsmanship Award(s) - N/A
How did you get involved with polo? - Started with the Cornell Beginner Clinic and then moved to the Interscholastic team

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Liam Palacios
Age - 19
Hometown - Old Chatam, NY
Major - Agricultural Science
Year - Junior
All Star/Sportsmanship Award(s) - N/A
How did you get involved with polo? - Started with Kelly Wells at her farm in Maryland.

UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI

Team Location - Coral Gables, FL

Region - South East

Team Coach - Senter Johnson

Tournament Assignment - Southeastern Regionals

Past Championships - 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951 (Senter Johnson and Jake Lieberman restarted the program in 2012 after a 60 year hiatus)

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Name - Rodrigo De Vicuna

Age - 19
Hometown - Madrid, Spain
Major - Finance, History
Year -Sophomore
How did you get involved with polo? His father and cousin play in Sotogrande, Spain where he learned the sport as a child.

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Name - Jonny Lavine

Age - 19
Hometown - Wellington, FL
Major - Finance
Year - Freshman
All Star/Sportsmanship Award(s) - Team USPA member
How did you get involved with polo? Growing up in Wellington Jonny was exposed to the sport through family friends and has played and worked in Wellington for many years.

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Name - Jared Zenni

Age - 20
Hometown - Wellington, FL
Major - Marketing
Year - Sophomore
All Star/Sportsmanship Award(s) - Team USPA member
How did you get involved with polo? Jared learned to play polo through his father and has played for many years in Wellington, FL and is currently playing the 20 goal season.

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Name - Ricky Mershad

Age - 18
Hometown - New Albany, OH
Major - Undecided
Year - Freshman
How did you get involved with polo? Introduced to polo by his friends in Wellington, FL.

TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY

Team Location - College Station, TX
Region - Central
Team Coach - Mike McCleary
Tournament Assignment - Central Regional
Past Championships - N/A

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Christian Aycinena
Age - 19
Hometown - Guatemala City
Major - Mechanical Engineering
Year - 2019
All Star/Sportsmanship Award(s) - 2016 Central Region All-Star
How did you get involved with polo? - Started playing because of his dad, and he grew up in a polo family.

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Casey Woodfin
Age - 21
Hometown - Wharton, TX
Major - Agricultural Economics
Year - 2016
All Star/Sportsmanship Award(s) - 2016 Central Region All-Star, 2016 SUPA All-star
How did you get involved with polo? - Started riding and playing at a very young age with my dad who is a professional polo player.

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Cacho Galindo
Age - 23
Hometown - Thermal, California
Major - Geography
Year - 2016
All Star/Sportsmanship Award(s) - 2014 Regional All-Star, 2015 Regional All-Star, 2015 National All-Star, 2016 Regional All-Star
How did you get involved with polo? - Started playing at a young age with his dad, uncle, brothers, and sister. Grew up in a polo family.

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Dalton Woodfin
Age - 21
Hometown - Wharton, TX
Major - Agricultural Systems Management
Year - 2017
All Star/Sportsmanship Award(s) - 2015 National Championship Sportsmanship Award.
How did you get involved with polo? - Started riding and playing at a young age with dad and brother.

UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA

Team Location - Charlottesville, Va

Region - Southeastern

Team Coach - Louis J. Lopez Jr.

Tournament Assignment - Southeastern Regional

Past Championships - 1987, 1988, 1993, 1994, 1995, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2009, 2011, 2012

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Merrall Echezarreta
Age - 20
Hometown - Wellington, FL
Major - Foreign Affairs
Year - Sophomore
All Star/Sportsmanship Award(s) - N/A
How did you get involved with polo - My family plays polo professionally and I grew up playing polo with them.

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Felipe Gomez

Age - 21
Hometown - San Jose, Costa Rica
Major - Environmental Thought and Practice
Year - Junior
All Star/Sportsmanship Award(s) - N/A
How did you get involved with polo - I started playing polo because my family plays and I got bored of golf.

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Aristide Faggionato
Age - 23
Hometown - London, England
Major - Art History
Year - Senior
All Star/Sportsmanship Award(s) - N/A
How did you get involved with polo - I started polo at the age of 9 but I have been riding all my life. My family is very much involved with horses but mainly dressage and jumping. I play at Cowdray in England and Sotogrande in Spain.

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Ali Mobtaker

Age - 18
Hometown - Poway, California
Major - Undecided
Year - Freshman
All Star/Sportsmanship Award(s) - N/A
How did you get involved with polo - I was introduced to polo by Billy and Russ Sheldon.

WESTMONT

Team Location - Santa Barbara. CA
Region - West Coast
Team Coach - John Westley
Tournament Assignment - Western Regional

Past Championships - 2013 & 2014 National Tournament

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Hank Uretz

Age - 19
Hometown - Malibu
Major - Undecided
Year - Freshman
All Star/Sportsmanship Award(s) - Hank won the allstar award in our region this year
How did you get involved with polo? - Parents played and they introduced the sport to me.

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Mike Esparza

Age - 21
Hometown - Torrence
Major - Sociology
Year - Junior
How did you get involved with polo? - My friends brought me into polo. I was originally a baseball player.

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Tony Uretz
Age - 22
Hometown - Malibu
Major - Econ/Business
Year - 4th
All Star/Sportsmanship Award(s) - All star in west coast regionals
How did you get involved with polo? - My parents played and introduced the sport to my brothers and I at a young age

UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN ONTARIO

Team Location - London, Ontario

Region - Northeast

Team Coach - Scott Weir

Tournament Assignment - Northeastern Regionals

Past Championships - N/A (Inaugural Year)

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Name - Evan White Jr.

Age - 19
Hometown - King, Ontario
Major - Accounting
Year - Sophomore
All Star/Sportsmanship Award(s) - 2014 NYTS Zone 2 team member, 2014 NYTS horsemanship award
How did you get involved with polo? My grandfather and father both played polo. I started playing polo when I was 12 years old.

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Name - Kingsley Ward Jr.

Age - 19
Hometown - Toronto, Ontario
Major - Urban Development
Year - Sophomore
All Star/Sportsmanship Award(s) - 2012 Interscholastic NE Regional All Star, 2013 Interscholastic NE Regional All Star, 2014 Interscholastic NE Regional All Star, 2014 Interscholastic Nationals All Star, 2016 Intercollegiate NE Regional All Star
How did you get involved with polo? My father has been playing polo for 25 years, I started playing polo with my brother when I was 12 years old.

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Name - Andrew Begg

Age - 20
Hometown - King, Ontario
Major - Economics
Year - Junior
All Star/Sportsmanship Award(s) 2011 Interscholastic NE Regional All Star, 2012 Interscholastic NE Regional All Star, 2013 Interscholastic NE Regional All Star, 2013 NYTS Zone 2 team member, 2013 I/I Player of the year, 2014 NYTS Zone 2 team member, 2016 Intercollegiate NE Regional All Star
How did you get involved with polo? My whole family has played polo for my entire life, my 2 older brothers and sister competed in I/I polo while in high school. I have been playing polo for 8 years.

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Name - CJ Sifton

Age - 20
Hometown - Aurora, Ontario
Major - Business Finance
Year - Junior
All Star/Sportsmanship Award(s) 2012 Interscholastic NE Regional All Star, 2013 Interscholastic NE Regional All Star, 2013 NYTS Zone 2 Captain
How did you get involved with polo? My grandfather started polo in Toronto over 50 years ago. My dad and his 2 brothers have played polo their whole lives and won the National Intercollegiate title in 1980. I have been playing polo since I was 12.

OTHER INTERCOLLEGIATE TEAM PROFILES

ALFRED STATE WOMENS TEAM

Team Location - Piffard, NY
Region - Northeastern
Team Coach - Terry Mehlenbacher and Robert Donnan
Tournament Assignment - Northeastern Regional
Past Championships - Intercollegiate Women's Preliminary Winners 2015

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Abigail Campbell

Age - 17
Hometown - Geneseo, NY
Major - Construction Management
Year - Freshman
All Star/Sportsmanship Award(s) - 2015 Interscholastic Girl's Regional Sportsmanship Award, 2013 Interscholastic Girl's Preliminary Sportsmanship Award

How did you get involved with polo - I became interested in the sport when my older sisters began playing. My sister, Anna, and my teammate Kasandra, and I played all played together for Western New York Polo.

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Anna Campbell
Age - 19
Hometown - Geneseo, NY

Major - Business Tech Management
Year - Senior
All Star/Sportsmanship Award(s) - 2015 Intercollegiate Women's Preliminary All Star Award, 2013 Interscholastic Girl's Preliminary All Star Award, 2012 Interscholastic Girl's Preliminary All Star Award, 2012 Interscholastic Girl's Preliminary Sportsmanship Award, 2011 Interscholastic Girl's Preliminary Sportsmanship Award, 2010 Interscholastic Girl's Preliminary Sportsmanship Award
How did you get involved with polo - My coach Terry Mehlenbacher recruited me when my family moved to upstate NY. I have been playing since I was 10 years old.

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Kasandra Wohlschlegel

Age - 19
Hometown - Honeoye, NY
Major - Land Surveying and GIS Surveying
Year - Sophomore
All Star/Sportsmanship Award(s) - 2015 Preliminary Womens Intercollegiate All Star, 2014 National IS Girls Sportsmanship winner, 2014 Regional IS Girls Polo All Star Team, 2013 Preliminary IS Girls All Star Team, 2012 Preliminary IS Girls All Star Team, 2011 Open IS Sportsmanship winner, 2010 Open IS Sportsmanship winner

How did you get involved with polo - I got involved with polo when I was 9 through 4-h, when Terry came to our local horse camp and talked about. I also had some friends that I was in Pony Club with who told me about it as well.

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Hanna Manns and Gwen Shear

Age - 19 and 18
Hometown - Marathon, NY
Major - Vet Tech and Heavy Machine Operation
Year - Freshman
All Star/Sportsmanship Award(s): N/A How did you get involved with polo - N/A

CALIFORNIA POLYTECHNIC MENS TEAM

Team Location - Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, CA
Region - Western
Team Coach - Megan Judge
Tournament Assignment - Western Regional

Past Championships - N/A

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Thèo Anastos
Age - 18
Hometown - San Diego, CA
Major - Biomedical Engineering
Year - Freshman
All Star/Sportsmanship Award(s) - N/A
How did you get involved with polo - Thèo's mother influenced his decision to start interscholastic polo.

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Justin Connerly

Age - 19
Hometown - Highlands Ranch, CO
Major - Aerospace Engineering
Year - Freshman
All Star/Sportsmanship Award(s) - N/A
How did you get involved with polo - Justin signed up for polo at the freshman club fair.

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Jeremy Kerfs

Age - 22
Hometown - Pleasant Hill, CA
Major - Computer Engineering
Year - Senior
All Star/Sportsmanship Award(s) - N/A
How did you get involved with polo - Jeremy heard about Cal Poly's polo team from a classmate and knew he should try it out.

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Stone Rush

Age - 19
Hometown - Yuma, AZ
Major - Agriculture Business
Year - Freshman
All Star/Sportsmanship Award(s) - N/A
How did you get involved with polo - Stone wanted to improve his riding abilities, so joined the Cal Poly polo team.

COLORADO STATE MENS TEAM

Team Location - Fort Collins, Colorado

Region - Central

Team Coach - N/A

Tournament Assignment - Central Regional

Past Championships - 1990,1991,1999, 2015

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James Dodge

Age - 21
Hometown - Springfield, IL
Major - Industrial and Organizational Psychology
Year - Senior
All Star/Sportsmanship Award(s) - 2015 National Championship
How did you get involved with polo - I started playing polo in high school at Culver Academies.

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Jered Berg

Age - 21
Hometown - Watertown, MN
Major - Business
Year - Senior
All Star/Sportsmanship Award(s) - 2015 National Champion
How did you get involved with polo - Started playing polo through my dad at the age of 12.

COLORADO STATE WOMENS TEAM

Team Location - Fort Collins, Colorado

Region - Central

Team Coach - N/A

Tournament Assignment - Central Regional

Past Championships - N/A

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Raeann Magill

Age - 19
Hometown - Yuba City, CA
Major - Soil and Crop Science
Year - Sophomore

How did you get involved with polo - I started playing polo at a young age with my mom, Bonnie Magill, who learned to play polo at UC Davis and went on to win the women's National Championship in 1980. I also owe Robin Sanchez, Rege Ludwig, Mike & Wilbur O'Ferrell, Sunny Hale and Geannie Holden Sheller for helping me along the way and teaching me the sport.

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Sierra Dunbar
Age - 22
Hometown - Castle Rock, CO
Major - Nutrition and Food Science
Year - Senior
How did you get involved with polo - Started playing freshman year of college and worked over the summers with Josie Vidic and the Denver Polo Club.

UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT MENS TEAM

Team Location - Storrs, Ct

Region - Northeastern

Team Coach - Jon Nicholson

Tournament Assignment - Northeastern Regional

Past Championships - 1972, 1973, 1974

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Patrick Marinelli

Age - 23
Hometown - Fiskdale, MA
Major - Economics
Year - Senior
How did you get involved with polo - I began playing polo early in high school with the Giordano family. I eventually started playing on the Shallowbrook interscholastic team under the coaching of Hal Vita Sr.

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Zehao Quan

Age - 19
Hometown - Ningbo, China
Major - Business
Year - Freshman
How did you get involved with polo - I learned how to play polo in my high school, Culver Academies. I played in the Novice program when I was a sophomore and played on the Varsity squad for my junior and senior year.

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Benjamin Lynch
Age - 18
Hometown - Fallston, MD
Major - Animal Science
Year - Freshman
How did you get involved with polo - I began riding horses when I five years old. When I turned ten years a friend of my dad's recommend I try playing polo. I began taking lessons with Kelly Wells at Marlan where I began playing I/I for Baltimore Polo Club. After five years at Marlan farm I went to play for Cindy Halle with West Shore Polo Club. With West Shore we made two national championship appearances, winning the Championship in 2015.

UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT WOMENS TEAM

Team Location - Storrs, CT
Region - Northeastern
Team Coach - Jonathan Nicholson
Tournament Assignment - Northeastern Regional

Past Championships - National Championships: 1996, 1997, 1998, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008

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Sara Tufts

Age - 20
Hometown - Pomfret, CT
Major - Animal Science
Year - Junior
All Star/Sportsmanship Award(s) - 2014 Eastern Intercollegiate Regional Sportsmanship, 2013 Girls National Interscholastic National All Star, 2013 Northeast Interscholastic Regional All Star, 2011 Northeast Interscholastic Preliminary All Star, 2010 Northeast Interscholastic Preliminary All Star, 2009 Interscholastic Northeast All StarHow did you get involved with polo - My family moved from Canada to Ithaca, NY when I was six years old. I became friends with Emma Eldredge at school and her family introduced mine to polo. I started playing when I was ten at Cornell and moved to UConn when I was twelve. I have been playing for UConn ever since.

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Jessica Riemann

Age - 18
Hometown - Atlanta, GA
Major - English
Year - Freshman
All Star/Sportsmanship Award(s) - N/A
How did you get involved with polo - I started riding when I was three years old, and was learning how to jump until I was nine. When I moved into the city, I started riding at a barn that had polo, and I was taking my jumping lesson in the arena next to the polo arena while they were having a lesson. I remember trying to ride my lesson horse with one hand and attempting to neck reign an English pony because I wanted to ride like the kids who were playing polo. The next day I asked my parents if I could try taking a lesson, and I've been playing polo ever since.

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Carly Persano

Age - 20
Hometown - Somers, CT
Major - Agriculture and Natural Resources
Year - Junior
All Star/Sportsmanship Award(s) - 2015 Intercollegiate Regional All Star, 2014 Intercollegiate Regional All Star, 2013 Girls Interscholastic National All Star, 2013 Interscholastic Northeast Regional All Star, 2012 Interscholastic National All Star, 2011 Interscholastic National All Star, 2010 Northeast Interscholastic Preliminary All Star, 2008 Northeast Interscholastic Regional All Star
How did you get involved with polo - My father introduced me to the sport at a young age always grooming and exercising them for him and started playing at age 10.

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Demitra Hajimihalis
Age - 19
Hometown - Baltimore, MD
Major - Undecided
Year - Freshman
All Star/Sportsmanship Award(s) - 2014 Interscholastic Southeast Girls Preliminary All Star
How did you get involved with polo - I have ridden for a while in hunter jumpers and steeple chasing but began polo at Garrison Forest School. I started out doing the beginner polo lessons at Garrison and worked my way up to Varsity Team Captain for junior year and senior year of high school.

UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETS TEAM

Team Location - Leverett, MA Region - Northeastern Team Coach - Hilary Mroz- Blythe Tournament Assignment - Northeastern Preliminary Past Championships - N/A

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Jacqueline Tatro
Age - 23
Hometown - Shrewsbury, MA
Major - Animal Science
Year - Senior
All Star/Sportsmanship Award(s) - N/A
How did you get involved with polo - I found online that there was a polo team at UMass and it looked interesting so I decided to try out for the team.

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Amy Tellier

Age - 22
Hometown - Grafton, MA
Major - Animal Science
Year - Senior
All Star/Sportsmanship Award(s) - N/A
How did you get involved with polo - I wanted to continue riding horses in college. A mutual friend mentioned the polo team so I thought it would be fun to try out.

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Monica Aguilar
Age - 20
Hometown - Millis, MA
Major - Agricultural Education and Civic Engagement
Year - Junior
All Star/Sportsmanship Award(s) - N/A
How did you get involved with polo - I started as a jumper and was looking to try a different discipline at school. I found a flyer for the UMass Polo team and knew it would be a great time!

OKLAHOMA STATE POLO CLUB WOMENS TEAM

Team Location - Stillwater, OK
Region - Central
Team Coach - David Ragland
Tournament Assignment - Central Regional

Past Championships - 2011 and 2015 Central Regional Women's Preliminary Winners

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Tess Sabatini
Age - 18
Hometown - Mustang, OK
Major - Chemical Engineering
Year - Freshman
All Star/Sportsmanship Award(s) - N/A
How did you get involved with polo? - I started polo in high school through the pony club.


Mia Bray
Age - 20
Hometown - Indio, CA
Major - Political Science
Year - Sophomore
All Star/Sportsmanship Award(s) - N/A
How did you get involved with polo? - I was introduced to polo at a young age because it is a sport my family has always been involved in.

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Devan Groves

Age - 19
Hometown - Cary
Major - Animal Science
Year - Sophomore
All Star/Sportsmanship Award(s) - 2015 Preliminary All Star Award
How did you get involved with polo? - I got a job grooming for a group of polo players when I was in high school and started playing shortly after.

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Madelyne Hawkins
Age - 20
Hometown - Norman, OK
Major - Animal Science
Year - Junior
All Star/Sportsmanship Award(s) - N/A
How did you get involved with polo? - When I was in high school, my mom bred and sold warmbloods. A girl on the OSU polo team came by to look at one and told me all about the polo club. When I came to OSU my freshman year, I checked the club out and have been a part ever since.

SKIDMORE COLLEGE MENS TEAM

Team Location - Saratoga Springs

Region - Northeastern

Team Coach - Will Orthwein

Tournament Assignment - Northeastern Preliminary

Past Championships - N/A

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Aaron Scheider

Age - 19
Hometown - Portola Valley, CA
Major - Business Major
Year - Freshman
How did you get involved with polo - My grandfather taught me how to ride and play when I was about 10 in Santa Fe. He gave me my first horse and I've been playing ever since.

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Charlie Bullis

Age - 22
Hometown - Tiverton, RI
Major - Biology Major focused on ecology, evolution, and behavior - Geoscience Minor
Year - Senior
How did you get involved with polo - My dad taught me to play polo on our farm and from there I began playing on the interscholastic Glen Farm team. After high school I played outdoor in Rhode Island and continued at Skidmore.

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Santiago Avendaño

Age - 19
Hometown - Buenos Aires, Argentina
Major - Business Major
Year - Freshman
How did you get involved with polo - I started playing polo in Wellington, Florida. My Father and uncle taught me to play as the sport is a tradition in our family.

SKIDMORE COLLEGE WOMENS TEAM

Team Location - Saratoga Springs, New York
Region - Northeastern
Team Coach - Will Orthwein
Tournament Assignment - Northeastern Regional

Past Championships - N/A

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Ula Green
Age - 21
Hometown - Easton, CT
Major - Government and international affairs major - Business minor
Year - Senior
How did you get involved with polo - Yale interscholastic

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Meggie Danielson

Age - 20
Hometown - Peacham, VT
Major - Spanish major, Chemistry Minor
Year - Junior

How did you get involved with polo - My dad played polo at Skidmore and taught me to ride in Vermont. I started playing polo on the JV team at Skidmore my freshman year.

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Leslie Field
Age - 20
Hometown - Leverette, MA
Major - Theater major - Latin American studies minor
Year - Sophomore

How did you get involved with polo - Learned to play polo up the road with the UMASS team, and spent my interscholastic year at UCONN.

TEXAS CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY WOMENS TEAM

Team Location - Oak Point, TX Region - Central Team Coach - Vaughn Miller Tournament Assignment - Central Preliminary Past Championships - 2013 Central Region Intercollegiate Preliminary Champions

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Lauren Dungan

Age - 22
Hometown - Littleton, CO
Major - Criminal Justice & Spanish
Year - Senior
All Star/Sportsmanship Award(s) - 2016 Central Intercollegiate All Star Team
How did you get involved with polo - I became involved with polo my Freshman year of college. I had been an equestrian prior to college, but I came out to the first day of practice, learned the sport, and have been in love with polo ever since.

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Katie Phillips

Age - 21
Hometown - Pebble Beach, CA
Major - Political Science & Communication Studies
Year - Junior
All Star/Sportsmanship Award(s) - 2016 Central Intercollegiate Sportsmanship Award
How did you get involved with polo - I had been riding my whole life, but never played polo until I came to college at TCU. At the beginning of my freshman year, I attended an activities fair where all student organizations gather to highlight their clubs. I saw a riding helmet and immediately gravitated to the TCU Polo Team table. I went out to the first team practice and have been hooked (no pun intended) ever since!

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Ana Otanez

Age - 20
Hometown - Santa Barbara, CA
Major - Interior Design
Year - Sophomore
How did you get involved with polo - I started playing polo when I was 10 years old. I watched a professional match at the polo club in Santa Barbara and fell in love with the sport. I decided I wanted to switch from jumping and start playing polo instead!

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Jessica Hutchins
Age - 20
Hometown - Centennial, CO
Major - Engineering
Year - Sophomore
How did you get involved with polo - I took my first polo lesson in Colorado at the Denver Polo Club when I was in high school. I had a blast but never imagined I would be able to continue playing the sport beyond a few lessons here and there. When I came to TCU and discovered the polo team, I jumped at the chance to play in college!

UNIVERSITY OF WINCONSIN-MADISON TEAM

Team Location - Madison, WI

Region - Southeastern

Team Coach - Claudio Guana

Tournament Assignment - Southeastern Regional

Past Championships - N/A

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Alyssa Daniels

Age - 21
Hometown - Owings Mills, MD
Major - Animal Sciences with Certificates in Business and Education and Education Services
Year - Senior
All Star/Sportsmanship Award(s) - Southeastern Regional All-Star
How did you get involved with polo - Started playing at 10 years old at Garrison Forest School and has been playing ever since.

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Audrey Wilde

Age - 23
Hometown - McLean, VA
Major - Biology with Certificates in Global Health and Environmental Studies
Year - Senior
All Star/Sportsmanship Award(s) - N/A
How did you get involved with polo - Tried polo for fun during an info session with the UW Polo Club, was later asked to join varsity as a beginner and fell in love with the sport.

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Madison Choppa

Age - 21
Hometown - Greenfield, WI
Major - Psychology with Certificate in Criminal Justice
Year - Junior
All Star/Sportsmanship Award(s) - N/A
How did you get involved with polo - Used to do jumper and evening since age 10, started playing polo 1 1/2 years ago with UW.

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Amy James
Age - 21
Hometown - Madison, WI
Major - Animal Science
Year - Junior
All Star/Sportsmanship Award(s) - N/A
How did you get involved with polo - Started playing polo 1 1/2 years ago when discovered the polo club at the Student Organization Fair.

YALE POLO MENS TEAM

Team Location - Bethany, CT
Region - Northeastern
Team Coach - Branden Van Loon
Tournament Assignment - Northeastern Regional
Past Championships - N/A

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Charles Horner

Age - 22
Hometown - New York City
Major - Economics
Year - 2016
All Star/Sportsmanship Award(s) - Elected to Northeast Regional Intercollegiate Preliminary All-Star Team 2016

How did you get involved with polo? - Started playing polo freshman year at Yale.

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Ryan Manucha
Age - 21
Hometown - Toronto
Major - Economics
Year - 2016
How did you get involved with polo? - Started playing polo freshman year at Yale.

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Elias Vere Nicoll
Age - 20
Hometown - London, UK
Major - Global Affairs
Year - 2018
How did you get involved with polo? - Started to stick and ball aged 13, and played first outdoor tournament when at 16.

YALE POLO WOMENS TEAM

Team Location - Bethany, CT
Region - Northeastern
Team Coach - Branden Van Loon
Tournament Assignment - Northeastern Regional

Past Championships - N/A

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Jenna Selati

Age - 20
Hometown - Winnetka, IL
Major - Architecture
Year - Junior
All Star/Sportsmanship Award(s) - 2016 women's northeast preliminaries all star
How did you get involved with polo? - Began playing Freshman year.

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Antonia Campbell
Age - 20
Hometown - Washington DC
Major - Ethics, Politics and Economics
Year - Junior
How did you get involved with polo? Began playing Freshman year after a recommendation from family member who is an alumnus of the men's team.

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Caitlin Miller
Age - 21
Hometown - Belmont, MA
Major - Classics
Year - Senior
How did you get involved with polo? - Started playing polo Freshman year.

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Sophie Menard
Age - 18
Hometown - Paris, France
Major - Undecided
Year - 2018
How did you get involved with polo? - Started playing in high school.

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