PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Event Honors National Champion Polo Team

Westmont will honor its national champion Westmont Men’s Polo Team at a free, public reception Thursday, April 25, at 3 p.m. in Page Multipurpose Room. The team won its first national title, beating Colorado State 19-16 in the U.S. Polo Association National Intercollegiate Championship April 13 in Brookshire, Texas.

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John Westley, owner/operator of the Santa Barbara Polo School has coached the team for the past 13 years. The team, lead by captain Patrick Uretz, includes David Samaniego, Tony Uretz, Ky Koebele, Jake Bergman and Taylor Longo. The players workout with Westley five to six days a week from November through April, riding horses on loan from the Santa Barbara Youth Polo Association.

The Warriors beat defending champions University of Virginia 15-13 on April 11 and Southern Methodist University 19-12 on April 9 to reach the finals. Last year, the Warriors came in second place after narrowly losing to UVA in the national championship game at Cornell University in New York.

Polo became a club sport at Westmont in 2000.

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