C of C equestrian still unbeaten

— College of Charleston equestrian added two more victories to its blemish-free season with a two-day sweep of a Two Hunt Seat Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) show hosted by Clemson at Garrison Arena over the weekend.

With snow decorating the ring, the Cougars rode to High Point team honors on Day 1, before posting an impressive 21-point victory over second-place South Carolina and the rest of the field on Sunday.

Day 1 class winners for the Cougars were Junior Victoria Bauer in Intermediate Flat, Junior Taylor Bibbiani in Beginner Walk, trot, Canter, and Freshman Emily Rees in Walk Trot. Junior Audrey Kallman was named the Reserve High Point Rider and qualified in Novice Flat for the upcoming Regional Finals.

On Sunday, senior Eliza Hay returned to form with a win in Open Fences and a second- place finish in Open Flat, earning her the High Point rider of the day award.

Charleston Southern first baseman Marci Christian was selected as the Big South softball player of the week, while teammate Cheyenne Gandara was named pitcher of the week for games played the week of Feb. 16-22.

Christian led the Bucs to a 4-1 weekend, as she connected on a team-high four home runs, with six runs scored and eight RBIs while recording a 1.059 slugging percentage. The redshirt senior hit a pair of homers against North Carolina A&T on Saturday and two against Tennessee Tech on Sunday, clinching the win in both games.

Gandara recorded the first two 10-strikeout performances of her career in back-to-back games to lead CSU’s pitching efforts on the weekend. The sophomore right-hander finished the weekend 2-1 with a 1.94 ERA and 27 strikeouts in 18 innings pitched.

The Citadel rifle team took third place at the SEARC 7 and NCAA Qualifying competition this weekend at the Inouye Marksmanship Center.

The Bulldogs shot a team score of 4,440 with N.C. State and North Georgia tying for the team title with marks of 4,579.

The Citadel placed third in both the air rifle (2,268) and smallbore (2,172) shooting. Robert Jackson topped the Bulldogs in both disciplines, firing a 575 in air rifle and 557 in smallbore.

Amongst Power 5 Conference schools hailing from the Big Ten, Pac-12, SEC, ACC and Big 12, the College of Charleston women’s golf team fired a 3-under par 285 in the final round to tie Notre Dame for third overall at 4-over par in spring-opening competition at the par-72 Westbrook Village Golf Club in Peoria, Ariz.

It was the second-lowest round in program history for the defending CAA champions.

No. 14-ranked Tennessee shot a 13-under 851 for the win, with No. 35 Oregon finishing as runner-up with a 10-under 854.

The College of Charleston coed and women’s sailing teams were close runners-up at their respective weekend regattas.

Dismal wind conditions on Charleston Harbor led to an early finish, leaving the C of C coed team in second place (100 points) to the U.S. Naval Academy (89 points).

After having to battle with extreme wind shifts at the University of South Florida Women’s regatta in St. Petersburg, Fla., C of C sealed second-place honors by holding on to its podium spot from the previous day of racing on Tampa Bay.

Host USF (142 points) won by an eight-point margin of victory over the Cougars (150 points) followed by third-place UCSB (175 points), fourth-place Eckerd College (190 points), fifth-place Miami (261 points), sixth-place Jacksonville (272 points) and seventh-place Hawaii (289 points).