EQUESTRIAN TEAM NETS A PAIR OF NCEA ALL-AMERICAN HONOREES

March 26, 2014

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MARTIN, Tenn. – Reid Rickett and Mykaela Van Selus, both juniors on the University of Tennessee at Martin equestrian team, have been recognized as National Collegiate Equestrian Association second team All-Americans in equitation on the flat.

To qualify as an NCEA All-American, riders must have a 67 percent or higher winning percentage (excluding ties), compete in a minimum of five competitions in the NCEA format and have at least an adjusted NRS score of 85 for flat, 90 for fences, 80 for reining or 80 for horsemanship.

This is the fourth season that the NCEA has recognized All-Americans. The Skyhawk duo joins Kara Bergenty (fences honorable mention in 2012, flat second team in 2013) and Caroline Cramer (flat honorable mention in 2011) as UT Martin’s equestrian All-Americans.

A native of Tuscaloosa, Ala., Rickett posted a 9-4 record in equitation on the flat this season. She recorded an average score of 78.3 with a season-high total of 95 at Auburn on Oct. 19. She tallied three MOP’s – all against ranked equestrian heavyweights (at Baylor, at Auburn and against Georgia).

Van Selus has recorded a 9-3-1 record in equitation on the flat so far in 2013-14. The Littleton, Colo. native averaged a total of 74.0 points, with a season-best tally of 87 points against Minnesota-Crookston on March 7. She brought home a pair of MOP accolades (against Minnesota-Crookston and South Dakota State).

The Skyhawks conclude the regular season with the independent championship this weekend (March 28-29) at South Dakota State. UT Martin is seeded No. 2 in the event and will take on Fresno State, Delaware State and South Dakota State.



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