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Freshman Eliza vanderWoude represents R-MC at Zone Finals/Team Recognized for Outstanding Academics

Eliza van der Woude recieving a ribbon
Eliza van der Woude recieving a ribbon

LAURINBURG, N.C. - Eliza vanderWoude represented Randolph-Macon’s IHSA team at the Zone 4 Finals on April 8 at St. Andrews University in Laurinburg, N.C.  Eliza qualified for Zones with her outstanding performance throughout the season in the Intermediate Flat division, earning more than 36 points for the team during the year.

A third place finish at Zones meant that she missed attending IHSA Nationals by one point.  “We could not be more thrilled with Eliza this year,” said team coach John West. “To make it all the way to Zones and place so well your first year in the IHSA is amazing. There are a lot more accolades in Eliza’s future at R-MC!”

In addition to her performance in the show ring, Eliza has also been named to the IHSA National All Academic First Team.  This honor is reserved for those riders who have a 3.8 GPA or higher.  In addition to Eliza, team R-MC had three other riders receive this honor: Kate Marling, ’19; Rachael Smith, ’18; and Aubrey Woods, ’20.  Emily Digney, ’18 and Amanda Metell, ’17 were both named to the All-Academic Second team, which requires a GPA of 3.50 or higher.

“This team embodies what it is to get an education at Randolph-Macon,” stated Dana Lesesne, Director of Equestrian Programs.  “They are outstanding students, talented riders and are involved in many aspects of life at R-MC.  They are all making the most of their college experience!”

To learn more about becoming a part of this exciting team, email Dana Lesesne at