Catena USA Defeats Nano’s Polo Mallets in Final WCT Season 10 Qualifier

Catena USA Defeats Nano’s Polo Mallets in Final WCT Season 10 Qualifier; CoCo Switlyk Named MVP


By Arianna Delin, Sharon Robb for Grand Champions Polo Club

The stage is now set for the much-anticipated April 1-4 Women’s Championship Tournament (WCT) Finals Championship at Grand Champions Polo Club.

In the final Season 10 qualifier, Catena USA (CoCo Switlyk, 0, Sarah Martin, 0, Melanja Jones/Christina Fernandez, 3, Leah Masters, 0) defeated Nano’s Polo Mallets (Mili Galindo, 0, Dawn Weber, 1, Scarlett Davenport, 2, Amy Huson, 0) with an impressive 8-2 victory on Saturday at windswept Grand Champions Polo Club.

CoCo Switlyk of Wellington was named Most Valuable Player, a career-first honor.

CoCo Switlyk of Catena USA leads the charge downfield. Photo by Rob Bowman

Brownie, her “borrowed horse” from her husband George was named Best Playing Pony. Brownie is a 16-year-old Chilean horse.

“She can borrow it any time she wants,” George Switlyk said with a smile. “Brownie still plays 6-8 goal polo and plays great.

“My wife is great. She has improved so much in the last year or two. She loves playing with the WCT. She has a great team and is looking forward to next weekend.”

Swityk, who has been playing polo consistently for three years, fell in love with the sport and loves playing with her husband.

“I love the companionship with my husband and playing with him. It’s very competitive and I’m a competitive individual.”

Swityk was impressed with her team’s chemistry and victory.

MVP CoCo Switlyk of Catena USA keeps possession of the ball while working her way to goal. Photo by Rob Bowman

“I love this team, we have been playing on and off with the practices,” she said. “You go and watch them play so you kind of have an idea and jell together. We just started with the basics.”

Swityk is competing in her fourth WCT season.

“I have always loved it,” Swityk said. “The women play differently than the men. It’s the challenge. It’s a great sport and the women are fabulous. It’s great camaraderies. I am so excited for next week. This gives us heaps of confidence.”

Swityk competed in her first ladies tournament in 2003. When she returned to the women’s scene in 2009 she was so impressed with WCT founder and top player Sunny Hale that she started collecting her memorabilia.

“I bought everything she had at charities, her mallets, just everything, she is such a great role model,” Swityk said.

Catena USA teammates Melanja Jones, Sarah Martin and CoCo Switlyk working together Photo by Rob Bowman

The WCT Finals has attracted players from throughout the U.S. and internationally including Sarah Martin, making her WCT tournament debut. The Connecticut attorney’s horses are in Wellington for the winter. She and her husband commute to play polo. She was in Wellington for the weekend and when a roster spot opened up she took advantage.

“The team was put together informally,” Martin said. “Several of us had played before and enjoy playing together so we were lucky to be on the same team.

“I didn’t expect the large discrepancy in the score that happened today. It was a pleasant surprise. It bodes well for the future tournament and the finals.”

Martin is impressed at the level of play in the women’s game.

Catena USA teammates Leah Masters and CoCo Switlyk defend Amy Huson of Nano’s Polo Mallets. Photo by Rob Bowman

“The WCT is very competitive and tends to bring the best women in polo together so it’s a real pleasure to play with these other girls,” Martin said.  

Masters led Catena USA with three goals. Jones and Swityk each had two goals and Fernandez added one. Davenport and Huson each had one goal for Nano’s Polo Mallets.

Both teams will compete this week. All teams must play one qualifier to compete in the tournament.

WCT Ambassador Joanne Smicklas presenting the awards to Amy Huson, Mili Galindo, Dawn Weber ,Scarlett Davenport,Smicklas,Christina Fernandez, MVP CoCo Switlyk, Leah Masters. Photo by Alex Pacheco

The WCT week of festivities begins Wednesday with the kick-off party at the Polo Museum and Hall of Fame in Lake Worth 6:30-8 p.m. Teams and players will be introduced and will receive their official WCT finals La Martina jersey. The draw for Thursday’s playoff matches will be held and game day assignments announced.  

The playoff matches will be held Thursday morning at Grand Champions. After a rest day on Friday, the third annual WCT Junior Invitational, WCT 8-11 Finals and WCT 12-16 Finals will be held followed by the awards presentation are Saturday.

Last year Northern Trust (Claire Donnelly, Kristy Outhier, Maureen Brennan, Belinda Brody) won the 12-16 goal title. LBL Polo (Alison Patricelli, Julia Steiner, Belinda brody, Courtney Asdourain) won the medium goal and Escue Polo (CoCo Smith, Erika Lipton, Marissa Wells, Kelly Wells) won the low goal.

Amy Huson of Nano’s Polo Mallets keeps possession. Photo by Rob Bowman

In the WCT Junior Invitational, the Diamonds (Hope Arellano, Mia Cambiaso, Olivia Merlos, Malia Bryan), coached by Gillian Johnston shut out the Sapphires (Allie Azzaro, Madi Outhier, Jacqui Casey, Alyssa Trancilla, Riley Ganzi), 7-0, coached by Hale.

Chukker TV, leaders in polo broadcasting, will livestream the WCT event. Chukker TV uses state-of-the-art technology featuring live streaming, instant replay, challenges and team review from ChukkerTV.

In January, 2014, Grand Champions Polo Club became the first polo club worldwide to offer instant replay and team review much to the delight of players and patrons in hopes of improving officiating and quality of play at all levels of polo.

La Martina is the WCT’s official supplier; Nano’s Polo Mallets is the official mallet supplier and Catena USA is the official timepiece of the WCT Finals, which is the official recognized event of the American Polo Horse Association. Grand Champions is the host polo club.

Scarlet Davenport of Nano’s Polo Mallets drives the ball downfield Photo by Rob Bowman


Grand Champions Polo Club, featuring five world-class fields, has a full schedule of tournaments from January to May. Let our polo experts create a turn-key experience including top pros to bring out the best in you and your team. Lessons are available.


Sunday: The Top Pony 12-Goal Series Final, 10 a.m., at Jan Pamela Field; APRIL: Museum of Polo & Hall of Fame Challenge Cup


Sunday: The Limited Edition 8-Goal Series final, Willowcreek vs. Travieso, noon; APRIL: USPA President’s Cup


Sunday: Madelon Bourdieu Memorial, Smithfield at Equuleus, 10 a.m.; APRIL: Las Acacias Cup


APRIL 5: Santa Rita Abierto, April 5, Aspen Valley Polo Club at Equuleus, 12:30 p.m.


April 16-19, Grand Champions Cup; April 23-26, USPA Spring Challenge; April 30-May 3, USPA Sun Cup; May 7-10, USPA Eastern Challenge; May 14-17, Polo Gear Challenge Cup; May 21-25, The Memorial; May 24-25, USPA NYTS; May 28-31, Santa Rita Memorial.


WHERE: 13444 Southfields Road, on the corner of South Shore Boulevard and Lake Worth Road, Wellington, 33414.

DIRECTOR OF POLO: Juan Olivera, 561-644-5050,

INFORMATION: There are great field side views for tournament action at the home base of pro teams Audi, FlexJet and Casablanca. Everyone is welcome to watch high, medium and low goal polo in a relaxed atmosphere that includes a free Argentine asado during the winter, spring and fall tournament season feature games and other special events coming up including the April 1 Polo Training Foundation Exchange: New Zealand Schools vs. Team USA, 4 p.m., April 7, New Zealand Schools Round Robin, 4 p.m., April 1-4 Women’s Championship Tournament (WCT) and International Cup in November. Admission is free except for special events.