Cal Poly Polo Women’s and Men’s Teams Advance to Nationals

For Immediate Release
March 17, 2017

Contact: AnnMarie Cornejo

SAN LUIS OBISPO — The women’s and men’s Cal Poly Polo Teams recently won the regional title at the 2017 Western Intercollegiate Regionals and qualified to compete in the national intercollegiate championships. Both teams will travel to the Santa Barbara Polo and Racquet Club to compete for the national title April 3-9.

“These two teams are clearly the strongest in the region and are ranked fourth in the nation,” Coach Megan Judge said.

Dairy science major Jillian Tietje and animal science major Trista Noland were honored as all-star players from the women’s team. Biomedical engineering major Theo Anastos and environmental management major Sayge Ellington were honored as all-stars from the men’s team. In addition, biomedical engineering major Leah Torres was selected for the sportsmanship award.

The Cal Poly teams include seven women and five men, with students representing a variety of majors from throughout the university. The men and women compete separately. Other team members include: master’s education student Hannah Heitzig, animal science major Miriam Flock, environmental management major Bridget Hobscheid, biomedical engineering major Maggie Papka, agriculture business major Stone Rush, computer engineering major Jeremy Kerfs and agriculture business major Connor Kanen.

The Cal Poly women’s polo team beat Montana State with a score of 16-2 in the semifinals on March 11 and beat Washington State on March 12 with a score of 21-2 in the finals. The men’s team defeated Oregon State 22-2 on March 10 in the semifinals, advancing to the finals against Montana State on March 12, prevailing 20-2.

About Coach Megan Judge
Megan Carter Judge owns and manages the Central Coast Polo Club in San Luis Obispo. Judge and her associates started the club in 2002. She is a U.S. Polo Association-certified arena polo umpire and instructor and has been coaching for more than 20 years. Judge graduated from Cal Poly with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in agribusiness. While a student, she competed on the university’s intercollegiate polo team from 1995-99 and was a member of the All-West All-Star team all four years. She was also a member of the Western Regional Championship teams in 1996 and 1999. 

About Cal Poly’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences
Cal Poly is a nationally ranked, comprehensive polytechnic university. The university’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences is comprised of expert faculty members who take pride in their ability to transform academically motivated students into innovative professionals ready to solve the complex challenges associated with feeding the world in sustainable ways. Students have access to state-of-the-art laboratories, including ranch land, orchards, vineyards and forests, all of which provide the basis for Cal Poly’s Learn by Doing methodology. It is the fifth-largest college of agriculture in the country, with 4,000 undergraduate students. 

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