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    South Carolina Wins 2013 SEC Equestrian Championship

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    AUBURN, Ala. – No. 6 South Carolina captured the first-ever Southeastern Conference Equestrian Championship, defeating No. 2 Auburn, 10-8, on Saturday at the Auburn University Horse Center.

    The Gamecocks (8-6), the event’s No. 2 seed, defeated the top-seeded Tigers (11-3) 6-4 in hunter seat and tied 4-4 in western. South Carolina advanced to the championship round following a 10-7 win against third-seeded Georgia on Friday.

    Saturday’s SEC Equestrian Championship marked the first new championship handed out in an SEC sport since softball in 1997.

    “It means a whole lot to our program,” South Carolina head coach Boo Major said. “We’ve known that we’ve had it in us all year long, but you never know until you show up what’s going to happen. I think our girls just rode lights out yesterday and today. I think the girls just rode beautifully, and I can’t be more excited for them and more excited for our university and for Coach [Ray] Tanner to bring the first SEC Equestrian trophy home to South Carolina.”

    The SEC All-Championship Team consisted of South Carolina’s Kimberly McCormack (Equitation Over Fences), South Carolina’s Katherine Schmidt (Equitation On The Flat), Texas A&M’s Carey Nowacek (Horsemanship) and Auburn’s Indy Roper (Reining).

    Third-seeded Georgia (9-5) defeated fourth-seeded Texas A&M (5-8), 15-5, earlier on Saturday in the consolation round. The Bulldogs won 8-2 in hunter seat and 7-3 in western.

    “It was a great ride compared from yesterday to today,” Georgia head coach Meghan Boenig said. “There are a lot of things to be proud of and a lot of good building moments. What I think we learned from yesterday and will continue to learn is that there are a lot of things we can continue to work on, polish and finesse. I’m extremely proud of our entire team, from our schooling riders to our barn managers who just did a fantastic job today. I saw a lot of improvement in the Hunt Seat from yesterday to today. Congratulations to the Western squad for being able to do so well yesterday and today.”

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    2013 SEC Equestrian Champion: South Carolina

    SEC All-Championship Team
    Equitation Over Fences: Kimberly McCormack, South Carolina
    Equitation On The Flat: Katherine Schmidt, South Carolina
    Horsemanship: Carey Nowacek, Texas A&M
    Reining: Indy Roper, Auburn

    Quotes

    Auburn head coach Greg Williams


    On today’s meet…
    “Yesterday I thought we performed fairly well and had some things we needed to improve on, but we just didn’t get it done today. We made a lot of easy mistakes, some very uncharacteristic mistakes, and this is certainly not the place you can do it. I think we have played South Carolina closer this year than any other team. Looking at the raw scores, it was almost a virtual tie all the way through. There are so many things we wish we could have done that just hurt right now. Our hats are off to South Carolina for not making those kinds of mistakes and capitalizing on ours and pulling out a victory.”
     
    Georgia head coach Meghan Boenig

    On today’s meet…
    “It was a great ride compared from yesterday to today. There are a lot of things to be proud of and a lot of good building moments. What I think we learned from yesterday and will continue to learn is that there are a lot of things we can continue to work on, polish and finesse. I’m extremely proud of our entire team, from our schooling riders to our barn managers who just did a fantastic job today. I saw a lot of improvement in the Hunt Seat from yesterday to today. Congratulations to the Western squad for being able to do so well yesterday and today.”
     
    South Carolina head coach Boo Major

    On being the first SEC Equestrian Champions…
    “I think it means a whole lot to our program. We’ve known that we’ve had it in us all year long, but you never know until you show up what’s going to happen. I think our girls just rode lights out yesterday and today. I was just talking to the announcer, and he said we scored 54 more points today than we did yesterday. I think the girls just rode beautifully, and I can’t be more excited for them and more excited for our university and for Coach (Ray) Tanner to bring the first SEC Equestrian trophy home to South Carolina.”
     
    Texas A&M head coach Tana McKay

    On her team’s performance this weekend…
    “It was a tough weekend for us. Today, I think we cleaned up a lot of stuff that we did wrong yesterday and had some really good rides, just the judging didn’t fall in our favor today. It was a great precursor for nationals for sure. We had some great rides and saw some new horses, and we’re looking forward to making some adjustments for the next couple of weeks heading to Waco.”

    South Carolina 10, Auburn 8 (Saturday, March 30, 2013 – Auburn, Ala.)

    Equitation Over Fences – South Carolina 3, Auburn 2

    MVP: Elizabeth Benson, Auburn
    Katherine Schmidt (South Carolina) def. Jennifer Waxman (Auburn), 166-163
    Sally Henry (South Carolina) def. Quincy Hayes (Auburn), 167-166
    Elizabeth Benson (Auburn) def. Samantha Smith (South Carolina), 161-159
    Kimberly McCormack (South Carolina) def. Hasbrouck Donovan (Auburn), 156-137
    Christina Lin (Auburn) def. Amber Henter (South Carolina), 163-160

    Equitation On The Flat – South Carolina 3, Auburn 2
    Sally Henry (South Carolina) def. Elizabeth Benson (Auburn), 160-152
    Jennifer Delman (Auburn) def. Kimberly McCormack (South Carolina), 147-146
    Samantha Smith (South Carolina) def. Anna Becker (Auburn), 161-155
    Christina Lin (Auburn) def. Amber Henter (South Carolina), 155-138
    Katherine Schmidt (South Carolina) def. Hasbrouck Donovan (Auburn), 160-156

    Horsemanship – Auburn 2, South Carolina 2
    Stephanie Rucci (Auburn) tied Kelsey Urban (South Carolina), 145-145
    Johnna Letchworth (South Carolina) def. Griffin Knight (Auburn), 147.5-125.5
    Alison Ceresani (South Carolina) def. Katie Buff (Auburn), 147.5-147
    Katsy Leeman (Auburn) def. Sam Chiodo (South Carolina), 144-141.5
    Indy Roper (Auburn) def. Katie Kopf (South Carolina), 148.5-144

    Reining – Auburn 2, South Carolina 2
    Cheyenne Cracraft (Auburn) def. Sarah Bouchard (South Carolina), 143.5-139.5
    Hailey Munger (Auburn) tied Amanda Pope (South Carolina), 140-140
    Layla Choate (South Carolina) def. Indy Roper (Auburn), 139.5-135
    Katsy Leeman (Auburn) def. Cody McMillion (South Carolina), 140.5-138.5
    Audrey Jewell (South Carolina) def. Stephanie Rucci (Auburn), 131-130

    Georgia 15, Texas A&M 5 (Saturday, March 30, 2013 – Auburn, Ala.)

    Equitation Over Fences – Georgia 5, Texas A&M 0
    Abby O’Mara (Georgia) def. Shelby Lawson (Texas A&M), 153-152
    Olivia Dorey (Georgia) def. Kori Pickett (Texas A&M), 165-151
    Sarah Milliren (Georgia) def. Emily Williams (Texas A&M), 162-161
    Kylee Arbuckle (Georgia) def. Marlena Parker (Texas A&M), 154-153
    Carly Anthony (Georgia) def. Hannah Williams (Texas A&M), 156-154

    Equitation On The Flat – Georgia 3, Texas A&M 2
    Caitlyn Francis (Georgia) def. Hannah Williams (Texas A&M), 155-145
    Kelsi Shevlin (Texas A&M) def. Grace Rogers (Georgia), 155-152
    Haley Buchmiller (Texas A&M) def. Carly Anthony (Georgia), 164-150
    Megan Southam (Georgia) def. Marlena Parker (Texas A&M), 153-128
    Kylee Arbuckle (Georgia) def. Paige Russell (Texas A&M), 149-129

    Horsemanship – Georgia 4, Texas A&M 1
    Maria Salazar (Georgia) def. Laura Brainard (Texas A&M), 143.5-139.5
    Paige Stawicki (Georgia) def. Amanda Brightwell (Texas A&M), 147-145.5
    Molli Jacobs (Texas A&M) def. Anna Sasser (Georgia), 143.5-143
    Sara Parr (Georgia) def. Carey Nowacek (Texas A&M), 146.5-143
    Megan Hawkins (Georgia) def. Cassie Mantor (Texas A&M), 148.5-143

    Reining – Georgia 3, Texas A&M 2
    McKenzie Lantz (Georgia) def. Ashley Skold (Texas A&M), 141-137.5
    Laura Sumrall (Texas A&M) def. Lauren Tieche (Georgia), 144-139
    Jackie Hoyt (Georgia) def. Becca Murray (Texas A&M), 141-134.5
    Sami Belcher (Georgia) def. Lindsey Bernbaum (Texas A&M), 139.5-135
    Hannah Jechow (Texas A&M) def. Becca Haaland (Georgia), 137-136.5