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    Friday NCAA Equestrian Update

    Georgia Advances to Semi-Finals

    WACO, Texas --- The third-seeded University of Georgia equestrian team will be advancing to the National Collegiate Equestrian Association national championship semi-finals on Saturday, April 20 at Extraco Events Center in Waco, Texas. The Hunt Seat rode to a 6-2 victory over sixth-seeded Southern Methodist and the Western Squad defeated No. 6 seed Texas A&M, 5-2.

    “This is a great feeling,” said head coach Meghan Boenig. “There was a lot of anticipation and expectation, which these girls took and said ‘We’re just going to execute what we’ve been doing every day, feel our rides, trust in our abilities and look up and show to the judges.’ That’s exactly what they did. They eliminated almost all errors, were extremely confident and had beautiful rides. We need great repetition for tomorrow, because tomorrow is not going to be any different than today. These girls know that they have to execute every single time.”

    After a 2-2 tie in Equitation Over Fences, the Bulldogs took all four points in Equitation on the Flat to win the matchup against SMU, 6-2. In Equitation Over Fences, Sarah Milliren lost the first point, 164-153, to Emma Roberts of SMU. Carly Anthony defeated Alex Butterworth 175-154 to knot the score at 1-1, before Olivia Dorey took her point 169-160 over Courtney Line to put Georgia up 2-1. Schaefer Raposa took the final Equitation Over Fences point for SMU with a 173-149 win over Abby O’Mara.

    Georgia came back strong in Equitation on the Flat, starting with Catilyn Francis’ win, 167-145, over Paulena Johnson. Carly Anthony took the next point with a 173-151 win over Julianna Fischer and Grace Rogers kept things going by defeating Mary Abbruzzese 166-151. After being granted a re-ride, Kylee Arbuckle defeated Courtney Line 156-152 to seal the 4-0 victory for Georgia.

    The Western Squad took on early 2-1 lead in Reining and used a 3-1 win in Horsemanship to defeat Texas A&M. Lindsey Bernbaum inched by Lauren Tieche, 138-137, to take the first point for the Aggies in Reining. Becca Haaland defeated Becca Murray 142.5-139 to tie the Reining score at 1-1. McKenzie Lantz tied Texas A&M’s Ashley Skold, 133-133, so neither team was awarded the point. Sami Belcher rode to a 136-131 win over Laura Sumrall to give the Bulldogs the Reining win 2-1.

    In Horsemanship, Paige Stawicki started things off with a 151-146 victory over Cassie Mantor. Anna Sasser followed with a 150-148.5 win over Amanda Brightwell to put the Bulldogs up 2-0. Texas A&M took a point to bring the score to 2-1 when Carey Nowacek defeated Maria Salazar 149-146. Megan Hawkins sealed the win for Georgia with a 146-144.5 win over Molli Jacobs.

    The Hunt Seat will face No. 2 seed South Carolina in the semi-finals at 9:00 a.m. CT on Saturday, April 20. The Western Squad will take on second-seeded Kansas State in the semi-finals at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday. The championship meets will follow the semi-finals Saturday afternoon.

    Championship starting lineups for both teams are slated for 1:00 p.m. on Saturday. The Equitation on the Flat Championship will begin at 1:30 p.m., the Horsemanship Championship will begin at 2:30 p.m., the Equitation Over Fences Championship is scheduled for 3:15 p.m. and the Reining Championship will start at 4:15 p.m. The Crowing of Champions will be at 5:30 p.m.
     



    Gamecocks Down TCU to Advance to Semifinals

    WACO, Texas - South Carolina's fifth-seeded Western team eliminated No. 4 seed TCU on Friday from the 2013 NCEA National Championships with a 5-2 victory over the Horned Frogs at the Extraco Events Center. The Gamecocks advance to the semifinal round, where South Carolina will face top-seed Oklahoma State on Saturday morning.
     
    "This was a big win for us and one I think we were very prepared for," South Carolina head coach Boo Major said. "I was exceptionally proud of our Reiners for their shutout today against a talented TCU team, and our Horsemanship team got us the points we needed in the second half which was great."
     
    Friday's meet began in the Coliseum, where the Gamecocks and Horned frogs battled it out in Reining.
     
    South Carolina shutout the Horned Frogs in the event, winning 3-0. After sophomore Layla Choate held TCU's Samantha Bayer to a tie, Audrey Jewell, Amanda Pope, and Cody McMillion went on to sweep their opponents, giving the Gamecocks a 3-0 lead at the halfway point of Friday's meet. Jewell scored an event-high 142 to knock off Kolby Simonson, and Amanda Pope followed with a 136-134 victory over Alexi Child. McMillion completed the 3-0 shutout when she defeated Katie Gray, 136-131.
     
    The Horsemanship team wasted no time in ending TCU's hopes of a comeback. Junior Alison Ceresani posted a team-high score of 145 to beat TCU's Alexie Estrada, giving Carolina an insurmountable lead of four points with just three rides left. TCU avoided the shutout by winning back-to-back points, but redshirt junior Johnna Letchworth ended the meet on a high note for the Gamecocks when she edged TCU's Bayer, 141.5-139.
     
    The Western team will face top-seed Oklahoma State on Saturday morning in the semifinals, which will begin at 10 a.m. ET with Reining. Horsemanship will follow at noon ET.



    Auburn Advances After Defeating South Dakota State

    AUBURN, Ala. - The Auburn equestrian team's No. 4 seed Hunt Seat squad swept the points and defeated South Dakota State, 8-0, to advance to the semifinal round of the NCEA National Championships Friday at the Extraco Events Center in Waco, Texas.
     
    The No. 9 seed Western team ended its season in a 5-3 loss to No. 1 seed Oklahoma State in the Western quarterfinals.
     
    "Hunt Seat turned in some very dominant rides to come out with a clean sweep against South Dakota State," Auburn head coach Greg Williams said. "Our Western riders fell short to an extremely good team in Oklahoma State. We pushed hard to make up a couple of points and forced some costly errors. I am proud of the way they pushed."
     
    Auburn collected all eight Hunt Seat points, winning both events 4-0. Jennifer Delman (147-140), Elizabeth Benson (179-137), Hasbrouck Donovan (169-140) and Christina Lin (152-130) rode on the flat, while Benson (184-122), Donovan (171-148), Lin (152-149) and Quincy Hayes (167-154) took points over fences.
     
    "Sweeping the points is such a good feeling going into tomorrow," Lin said. "Riding against Baylor will be a little more of a challenge for us, but if we're as strong as we were today, we definitely should be in good shape to advance to the championship round."
     
    The Western team earned points from Katsy Leeman (138.5-112) and Griffin Knight (148.5-145.5) in horsemanship and one from Cheyenne Cracraft (143-137) in reining.
     
    The Hunt Seat squad will face No. 1 seed Baylor in the semifinals on Saturday. Auburn's Hunt Seat team lost to Baylor, 6-4, in Waco on March 2.
     
    Live scoring for all of Saturday's competitions will be available at http://www.baylorbears.com/sports/w-equest/ncea-live-scoring.html.
     
    Follow Auburn Equestrian on Twitter at @aubequestrian and on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/AUEquestrian.



    Aggies Run Ends in NCEA Quarterfinals

    WACO, Texas – The Texas A&M equestrian team’s 2012-13 campaign came to an end in the NCEA quarterfinal round on Friday as the No. 6 seed western squad and the 10th-seeded hunter seat team fell at the Extraco Events Center.
     
    A 5-2 loss to No. 3 seed Georgia ended the western team’s reign as National Champions and cut the team’s national title streak at four. The hunt seat squad dropped a 6-2 decision to second-seeded South Carolina.
     
    “Our team fought hard,” Head Coach Tana McKay said. “These girls have shown a lot of determination and character this season and I am very proud of them.”
     
    Seniors Carey Nowacek (horsemanship) and Kori Pickett (over fences) each ended their A&M careers with victories today.
     
    Junior Lindsey Bernbaum scored a point in reining, with a 138-137 win, and sophomore Ashley Skold tied with her opponent. The western team entered the horsemanship portion of the competition with UGA trailing the Bulldogs by one at 2-1. Senior Carey Nowacek rode to a 149-146 win for the Aggies, and two A&M rides were bested by just 1.5 points as UGA took the 5-2 win to advance to the NCEA semifinal round.
     
    A&M secured two wins in hunt seat as Pickett trounced her opponent by 53 points in equitation over fences and freshman Marlena Parker added a 20-point victory in equitation on the flat. The two wins weren’t enough, though, as South Carolina took a 6-2 win to advance to the semis. 
     
    The 2012 western and overall National Champions end the 2012-13 season with a 7-8 record after their run in the NCEA Championships. The team will return to action in the fall.