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Regional Champs Make History, Advance to Nationals

Date:    Monday, February 13, 2012

The Newport Interscholastic Girls Polo team is the winner of the US Polo Association’s Northeast preliminary II polo tournament which took place over the weekend, and is the first RI team in history to advance to the National Interscholastic Championship Tournament next month.

The Newport interscholastic girls' team, including Abby Mackenzie, Jenna Davis and Minnie Keating participated in the regional tournament against Glen Farm (RI), Western NY (NY) and Cedar Valley (Toronto) interscholastic girls polo teams.  The regional tournament took place on Feb. 10-12 at the indoor riding arena at Glen Farm in Portsmouth, RI.  

The tournament match results were: 
       Friday:            Western NY defeated Glen Farm       30-0
       Saturday:       Newport defeated Cedar Valley     25-3          
       Sunday:          Consolation:  Glen Farm defeated Western NY (‘B’ squad)  7-6
                              Finals:   Newport defeated Western NY         25-13

The Newport team advances to the USPA National Girls Interscholastic Tournament at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA on March 1-4, to compete against 8 other teams, made up of winners from the five regional tournaments held around the country (RI, CT, IN, CA and VA) as well as 4 teams that received byes including UConn, Cornell, Garrison Forest and Maryland, to determine the 2012 National Interscholastic Girls Champions.

In addition to determining the winning team to advance to the Nationals, the results of the tournament also included recognizing standouts including: naming players from the Newport and Western NY teams to the All Star Team; Western NY’s Anna Campbell, as the recipient of the tournament's Sportsmanship Award; and  ‘Nuez’, owned by Ted and Bridget Torrey as the Best Playing Pony of the tournament.

The Newport Interscholastic polo program includes high school age players, and welcomes interested new students.  Coaching and instruction is provided by Dan Keating at Newport Polo’s (private) instructional facility in Portsmouth, RI.  “The growth and future of the sport of polo lies in early training for up and coming players.  We hope these kids continue to play polo while earning a degree at one of 40 top universities in the US that offer polo programs,” explained Dan Keating, founder and president
of the Newport Polo Club.