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Sandberg Clinches Double Wins and Regionals Spot (November 22, 2014)
Nine teams came to compete in a double-header show hosted by Ferris State University on November 22 at the Cheff Therapeutic Riding Center in Augusta. The Albion College stock seat riders wound up as reserve high point team in the morning and third place in the afternoon.
At the end of the day, five more Albion women cemented spots at the IHSA regional championships, which will take place in the spring semester: senior Morgan Carey (Hemlock/Saint Charles Community), co-captain Allison Voorhess (Mount Clemons/ Lutheran North), and freshmen Taylor Sandberg (Spring Lake/Spring Lake) and Danielle Townsend (Springport/Springport).
The morning blue ribbon winners included Sandberg, Townsend, and sophomore Kristine Mussell (Midland/H.H. Dow). Sandberg had another win in the afternoon, as did co-captain Elle Root (Alpena/Alpena).
Dressage Team Small but Mighty at Findlay (November 22, 2014)
With no drop score riders, the Albion team was in a challenging position, and they did quite well at the November 22 show hosted by the University of Findlay. The way the Intercollegiate Dressage Association (IDA) shows work is that each team of four riders is able to use a “drop score,” meaning they disregard the team’s lowest score to determine final standings. Normally Albion carries eight riders on the dressage team so we can have an A team and a B team. However this semester, the team is down to just six riders, meaning that they have two teams of three and no dropped score.
Team captain Paige Gustafson (Dexter/Dexter) rode her First level test for an impressive 70.5 percent scoring her a fourth place finish. Junior Paige Beliveau (West Newbury, Mass./St. Thomas Aquinas) wound up in fifth place at First level.
First-year student Jourdan Tonti (Livonia/Livonia Churchill) won second place, and sophomore Elizabeth Neustadt (Bloomfield Hills/International Academy) took home a sixth place, both at Introductory level. Junior Jackson Regen (Nashville, Tenn./Hillsboro) won fifth place with a 66.7 percent in Upper Training level, and senior Kayleigh Harvey (Ada/Forest Hills Eastern) earned a 66.8 percent in the same division to get fourth place.
At the end of the day, the Albion teams stood in fourth place and eighth place.
Lauren Bensley, '16
"When I think about Albion, I think of my experiences, rather than just the list of classes I'm taking," Lauren says. As a student who has spent a portion of a summer in Europe as a blogger and photographer for a travel company, in addition to working for one of the most prestigious event planners in Traverse City, Lauren has developed quite a list of unique experiences during her time at Albion College.
Despite her involvement in numerous on-campus organizations, including serving as a captain of the women's soccer team, she says that no matter how full her plate is, she wants to take on more. "I feel valued here. The professors and staff members know you as a person and what you're involved in. President Ditzler knows me by name. You don't get that at other schools," she says.
Much of the knowledge she has gained at Albion has been outside of the classroom, which Lauren feels has helped her become an adult and fully prepared her for life after college. "A lot of my classes have involved finding a real problem, whether on campus or in our community, and developing a plan to fix it. The opinions of students are highly valued here."
For Lauren, these hands-on experiences at Albion have helped her grow up faster than the average student, which she sees as an advantage. "My experiences at Albion have helped me figure out who I am as an adult, and I feel completely ready for the world because of it."