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Morrisville State western equestrian advances to IHSA semi-finals

MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – The Morrisville State College western equestrian team had eight riders claim the top two place finishes at the Zone 2, Region 3 Championships held Sunday at the Morrisville State riding arena on Swamp Road in Morrisville to advance to the IHSA semi-finals in Findlay, Ohio on March 21.

Morrisville State will be sending team riders Catherine Howland (Rutlandtown, VT), Krystal Boyce (Lisle, NY), Rebecca Schmitt (Clayton, NY), Jennifer Boise (New Haven, VT) and Shannon Mayo (Westfield, MA) for the team competition while Howland, Carly Fiaschetti (Taberg, NY), Bryan Moylan (Mastic, NY), Boyce, Schmitt, Danielle Crowley (Tonawanda, NY) and Ashley Kubiak (Greenwich, NY) will be competing in individual competition.

At the regional championships, Howland placed first in reining and repeated top honors in the open western horsemanship class while Fiaschetti earned the blue ribbon in the advanced western horsemanship class.

Moylan and Boyce finished first and second in the novice western horsemanship class as Schmitt and Crowley claimed first and second in the intermediate western horsemanship class. Kubiak advanced to the semi’s with her first in the beginner western horsemanship class.

Morrisville State enters its third year as a provisional member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Division III in 2008. Upon successful completion of the provisional period, Morrisville State will be a candidate for full accreditation as a member of the NCAA.

Morrisville State College offers more than 75 bachelor and associate degrees and options. Considered to be one of the most technologically advanced colleges in the nation for its ThinkPad University program and wireless technology initiative, the college recently became the first in the nation to comprehensively replace landlines in residence halls with individual cellular phones. Morrisville State College was also chosen as one of the top five colleges in the nation for campus activities by Campus Activities magazine.

The Morrisville State College Norwich Campus offers associate degree programs in accounting, business, computer systems technology, office administration, liberal arts transfer, nursing, early childhood, criminal justice and human services to south central New York residents and employers. Students may also apply coursework to other associate or bachelor degrees at the main campus.