BRIDGEWATER, Va. – The Washington and Lee riding team placed fifth out of six teams after totaling seven team points at the 2019 ODAC Championship on Saturday.
Sweet Briar won the ODAC Championship after tallying 17 points, edging Hollins by a point for the top spot. Randolph totaled 14 points to take third place, followed by Bridgewater (8) in fourth, W&L (7) in fifth and Lynchburg (4) in sixth.
W&L's four-person ODAC team was comprised of senior Elise George (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic), sophomore Mischa Biszick (Pelham, N.Y./Pelham Memorial) and first-years Sam Johnson (Skillman, N.J./Stuart Country Day) and Lexie Paxton (Rockbridge Baths, Va./Rockbridge County).
The event included two over fences phases, where all four riders from each team competed and the score was taken from the average of two judges. The final round was on the flat and only two riders per school competed. Their scores also came from the average of the two judges.
Johnson and George were both named to the All-ODAC team after recording the top two scores in the over fences phases. Johnson scored a 78.5 in the first over fences class, a team high, before scoring a 79 in the second. She also was one of the two riders on the team to compete in the on the flat round where she scored a 78. George finished the first over fences phase with a 75.5 and a team-best 80 in the second phase. Johnson's All-ODAC score was 78.75, tied for sixth highest in the field. George concluded with an All-ODAC score of 77.75, the eighth highest.
Sweet Briar's Emily Schlosberg was named the ODAC Rider of the Year, while teammate Maggie Fraley was honored as the Rookie of the Year. Sweet Briar head coach Mimi Wroten claimed Coach of the Year laurels and Randolph's Kirby Tidmore earned ODAC/Virginia Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete of the Year recognition.
With the completion of the ODAC Championship, this concludes the 2018-19 W&L riding team competition.