Moch tak­ing tal­ents to Fresno State

LCI STU­DENT SIGNS ON WITH NCAA SCHOOL’S EQUES­TRIAN TEAM

Lethbridge Herald - - SPORTS - Nick Kuhl LETHBRIDGE HER­ALD

At age six, her mom taught her how to ride.

Then, af­ter win­ning her class at the Youth World Games, she set her sights on join­ing an NCAA Di­vi­sion 1 women’s eques­trian team in 2018.

On Tues­day, with her par­ents and sev­eral other fam­ily mem­bers in at­ten­dance at LCI, Brook­lyn Moch of­fi­cially signed her let­ter of com­mit­ment to the Fresno State Bull­dogs.

“I picked this univer­sity be­cause when I went down for an of­fi­cial visit, the team was fam­ily ori­ented,” Moch said.

“You weren’t just com­pet­ing in­di­vid­u­ally like I’m used to. You’re com­pet­ing as a fam­ily and as a team. I just re­ally liked that as­pect.

Aca­demics played a big role in her de­ci­sion, and she will be study­ing ac­count­ing while in Cal­i­for­nia. Pur­su­ing the NCAA route, she said, will also give her the high­est level of competition.

“I liked the op­tion of com­pet­ing at that level. I thought it was a good op­por­tu­nity for me to ad­vance my skills,” Moch said. “I def­i­nitely hope to com­pete and score as many points for my team as pos­si­ble.”

Be­fore head­ing to Fresno next year, Moch will com­pete at the Pinto World Cham­pi­onship in Tulsa, Okla. She leaves on Sun­day.

In Septem­ber, she com­peted for Team Canada at the Youth World Games in Germany.

Moch said the ex­pe­ri­ence gained at th­ese in­ter­na­tional events will help her when she makes the tran­si­tion to the NCAA.

“I do think that does help a lot be­cause you get the pres­sure and the cir­cum­stances that would be at this level.”

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