The second-ranked Auburn equestrian team closed out the regular season with a 9-8 win over eighth-ranked TCU Sunday. The Tigers improved to 10-2 (4-2 SEC), while the Horned Frogs fell to 6-5 (3-3 Big 12).
"I'm really happy the Western girls dug in hard and got the points needed to push Hunt Seat's dominating performance over the top for the overall win," Auburn head coach Greg Williams said. "We have a really good team at Auburn this year, and I'm proud of them for all their hard work."
Auburn won Hunt Seat, 6-2, and fell in Western, 6-3. The Tigers won over fences, 4-1, earning points from Elizabeth Benson (40-0), Hasbrouck Donovan (87-86), Christina Lin (86-85) and Jennifer Waxman (87-79). Donovan was named MOP for the second-consecutive meet over fences.
"Everyone rode really well and I think it was a great way to end our trip in Texas," Waxman said. "I think all of us feel confident in ourselves, as well as each other, and are looking forward to preparing for SECs after a well-deserved break."
There were two ties on the flat, as Auburn won, 2-1, behind strong rides from Lin (81-79) and Jennifer Delman (85-79).
The Tigers picked up just one point in horsemanship from Katsy Leeman (75-72.5), but got just enough from reining to get the win, as Indy Roper (73-70.5) and Cheyenne Cracraft (71.5-71) won their points.
"This was a great way for us to end the season," Leeman said. "We pulled together to finish strong after three tough meets. Our team is truly starting to see just how strong we are. We are looking forward to hosting the first SEC Championship. It's a privilege to start this tradition in Auburn."
Auburn will host the inaugural SEC Equestrian Championship as the No. 1 seed, March 29-30 at the Auburn University Horse Center.
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