LAS VEGAS, NV. – In a win-or-go-home final divisional game between Team Boot Barn and Team South Point, Team Boot Barn captain Daylon Swearingen, a Piffard resident, singlehandedly carried his team to a victory at PBR’s new team tournament, the Monster Energy Team Challenge presented by U.S. Border Patrol.
Swearingen, who recorded the only two scoring rides of the night, will now lead Team Boot Barn into ‘Championship Weekend’ July 10-12 in Sioux Falls, SD.,
In going a perfect 2-for-2 inside South Point Arena, the 20-year-old New York cowboy provided all the points needed for a shutout victory to lock Team Boot Barn into third-place, and the final PBR Monster Energy Team Challenge Division B playoff spot, joining Team Ariat and Team Pendleton Whisky.
Coming out on top of Probably Wrong (Paradigm Bull Company) for 69.75 points, the No. 4 bull rider in the world turned down a re-ride opportunity, and came back to start the second half by besting Sniper (Dakota Rodeo/Chad Berger/Clay Struve) for 82.25 points. Team Boot Barn’s 152-0 victory was not without problems though, as Andrew Alvidrez (Seminole, Texas), who had gone 3-for-4 thus far in the tournament, did not get on his second-half bull after hanging a spur on Buckin’ For Cash (Paradigm Bull Company) and aggravating a groin injury in his first out. Alvidrez is probable for Championship Weekend. Team South Point finishes Division B competition at 3-3, narrowly missing the playoffs. Team Boot Barn heads to champion weekend in Sioux Falls as the Division B wildcard, with a record of 3-2-1. They will face off with Division A’s No. 2 seed Team Las Vegas (4-2) on Wild Card Friday (July 10) at Denny Sanford PREMIER Center.
“We were determined to make it to Sioux Falls,” said Team Boot Barn Captain Daylon Swearingen. “We haven’t done exactly what we needed to do here, but we’re glad to make it.”
“When I got here I thought I was mentally ready,” noted Team Boot Barn’s Andrew Alvidrez. “But physically ready? No, not yet. We’ve got to keep working.”
Another Week Four new rider addition stole the show tonight during Game Two of Challenge Day 10 at PBR’s new team tournament, the Monster Energy Team Challenge presented by U.S. Border Patrol.
Andrew Alvidrez (Seminole, Texas) participated in his first game Friday night at South Point Arena in Las Vegas, and turned in a perfect day’s work for surging Team Boot Barn.
Alvidrez started the night off with an 87-point trip aboard Heartaches & Grease (Stockyards/Pritchett Ranch/Melton Bull Co.), the high-marked ride of the game, and finished by conquering Red Snapper (Dakota Rodeo/Chad Berger/Clay Struve) for 83 points. The 2-for-2 performance was punctuated by Team Boot Barn’s Captain, Daylon Swearingen (Piffard, New York) who beat Saint Joe (Dakota Rodeo/Chad Berger/Clay Struve/Heald Pro Bulls) for 84.5 points to slam the door and secure the win, three bulls to two. 2019 PBR Rookie of the Year Dalton Kasel (Muleshoe, Texas) got his weekend off on the right foot for Team Lucas Oil, mounting Ribbon of Darkness (Melton Bull Co.) for the 8, riding to an 84.5-point mark.
Swearingen entered the event nursing a sore hip.
Veteran and fan-favorite Ryan Dirteater (Hulbert, Oklahoma) also added to his MVP efforts for Team Lucas Oil, going 1-for-2 with an 83.25-point ride on Bullfrog (Stockyards/Chad Boen/Melton Bull Co.). The 254.5-167.75 victory leap frogs Team Boot Barn over Team Lucas Oil in the Division B standings, with both needing big wins in the weekend’s two remaining games to get to Sioux Falls for championship weekend, ranked fourth and fifth respectively. The top three teams from Division B will advance to the PBR Monster Energy Team Challenge playoff weekend in South Dakota.
“I let a really nice one get away from me in the first half,” said Swearingen. “I wasn’t going to let it happen on the second one. Tomorrow against Team Ariat we can’t make those mistakes.”
“Chatting with J.B. [Mauney] this week gave me so much more respect for him,” noted Team Boot Barn rider Andrew Alvidrez. “He just knows so much about bull riding. I have so much respect for him and am glad he’s our General Manager.”