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    Saturday SEC Equestrian Roundup

    Williams Leads Texas A&M at K-State

    MANHATTAN, Kan. – Texas A&M sophomore Hannah Williams earned the highest score of the day across all four events as the No. 6 Aggies (0-1) dropped their season opener at No. 4 Kansas State (3-1), 17-2.

    Williams was the only rider on both sides of the meet to break 78, scoring an 80 in equitation over fences to take the highest mark of the day. The sophomore was one of two Aggies to defeat her opponent on the day, as junior Haley Buchmiller also won her ride in over fences. Williams’ score of 80 was her career high in over fences. Sophomore Marlena Parker tied her opponent at 76 in equitation on the flat.

    “We made some early-season mistakes today and they cost us the meet,” Head Coach Tana McKay said. “Despite the loss, I was able to see how strong our riders have become and how they have continued to improve. Hannah had a great win with the highest score of the day, as did Haley, and I was impressed with our exhibition rides, especially Paige Linne and Jennie Edwards.”

    The Aggies won three exhibition rides against the Wildcats. Sophomore Jennie Edwards won her ride by nine points in equitation on the flat, and sophomore Kimmy Saul topped her opponent, 68-53, in fences. In reining, junior Paige Linne battled to a 68.5-65.5 exhibition victory.

    Letchworth Breaks MVP Record, Gamecocks Down SMU 

    DOVER, Del. - No. 3 South Carolina improved to 4-0 on Saturday, as the Gamecocks defeated Southern Methodist, 12-4, at the Gambler's Choice Equestrian Center. Senior Johnna Letchworth won her 18th career MVP on Saturday, and she passes Kimberly McCormack (2009-2013) for the most career MVP's in team history.
    The hunt seat and western teams both won, 6-2.
    In equitation on the flat, the Gamecocks got wins from Samantha Kraus, Katherine Schmidt, and Samantha Smith. Smith won her second MVP of the weekend, as she cruised to a 82-79 victory over Greer Hindle.
    In equitation over fences, both Smith and Schmidt won their points, giving the duo a perfect 2-0 record for the day. Hunt seat captain Amber Henter won her piont, 76-68.
    In horsemanship, seniors Alison Ceresani and Johnna Letchworth both won their points, along with junior Sam Chiodo, who was named MVP after her 73.5-72 victory over Morgan Redwine.
    In reining, Letchworth won her point, 68.5-65, earning the senior MVP honors for the fourth time this season. Juniors Cody McMillion and Layla Choate also won their points.
    The Gamecocks return to action on Friday, when South Carolina hosts No. 1 Georgia at 2 p.m. in Blythewood.