Friday, November 13, 2015

No. 4 Auburn Upsets No. 1 Georgia

Fourth-ranked Auburn equestrian upset No. 1 Georgia, 11-8 on Friday at the Auburn University Horse Center. With the win, Auburn closes the fall season with a 5-1 (2-1 SEC) record.

"What a great way to end the fall season," head coach Greg Williams. "We didn't ride as well as we wanted to last Friday (at Texas A&M), but we were able to regroup and defeat the number one team in the country pretty soundly. I wish we would've gotten a couple more points, but now we have some break time to fix horses back up and get ready for our next meet in January. I have been saying for a while that we are good, and tonight they proved it."

Auburn took a 7-3 lead into halftime after winning Horsemanship, 4-1, and Fences, 3-2. In Horsemanship, senior Hannah Loseke defeated Rachel Kolb, 71.5-71, before freshman Megan Rauh earned her first career victory with a 69-68.5 win over Bailey Anderson. Senior Griffin Knight topped Sammie Johnson, 72.5-71, and freshman Lauren Diaz defeated Heather Schmidt, 68-66.

Freshman Caitlin Boyle captured the first point for the Tigers in Fences, defeating Leylan Gleeson, 83-69. Freshman Hayley Iannotti scored an 85 to beat Addy Cord's 83 to earn MOP honors, before senior Elizabeth Benson defeated Meg O'Mara, 79-78.

In Equitation on the Flat, Benson continued her perfect season in the event with a 74-69 victory over Leylan Gleeson. Junior Ashley Foster defeated Madison Newman, 71-62. Senior Hailey Munger topped Claudia Spreng, 70.5-68, before freshman Blair McFarlin closed the match with a 71-68 win over Charley Thiel to earn MOP honors.

SDSU Equestrian Rides Past UT-Martin

The South Dakota State equestrian team snapped a three-meet skid on Friday with an 11-9 win over UT-Martin at the DeHaan Equestrian Center in Brookings.

SDSU outscored UTM in three of the four events, and won both hunt seat events by a 3-2 margin to secure the win, which boosts the Jackrabbits to 2-6 on the season, while the Skyhawks fall to 1-4.

"Today was a good way to end the semester and was a much needed win,” head coach Ellie Wilkins said. “We want to congratulate our two MOPs Blair Julia over fences and Nicole in reining. We look forward to the break, but excited as well to return in February."

Blair Julia Wright led the Jackrabbits over fences with a career-high score of 84 to capture her point, her second MOP of the season and improve to 2-2-1. Alissa Greenwald scored a 78 to win her point and improve to 5-3, while Jessica Andronowitz evened her record at 4-4 with a score of 76.

UTM took home MOP on the flat, but the Jacks got three of the five points, led by Marielle Golden, who extended her SDSU all-time wins record to 19 with a score of 83, which boosts her season record to 5-3. Jacey Chorlton improved to 3-2 with a core of 79 and Natalie Howard to 3-4 with a score of 82.

Nicole Harvey led the Jackrabbit reiners with a score of 71.5, good enough for her to earn her first-career MOP and improve to 3-3 on the season. All-American Mariah Wright moved to 5-1-2 on the year with her win with a score of 69.5, while Makayla Reed also evened her record at 3-3 with a core of 69.

Kelsey Swainston remains unbeaten this season in horsemanship after carding a 72 to win her point and improve to 4-0-1 on the year, while Lexus Hoffman moved to 3-4 with her horsemanship win with a score of 70.5.

Kansas State Upends No. 6 TCU

The K-State equestrian team rallied on Friday afternoon at Timbercreek Stables, as the Wildcats upset No. 6 TCU in a head-to-head battle, 10-9.

Kansas State is now 2-2 on the season, 1-2 in Big 12 matchups. The Wildcats clinched the victory in Western, 6-3, but fell short in Hunt Seat, 6-4. Kansas State has now won 19 home meets in the last two seasons making their overall record at home, 19-3. The Wildcats experience and leadership was evident in today’s matchup as nine points came from the upperclassmen. The Wildcats took home two out of the four Most Outstanding Performer (MOP) honors. In Equitation on the Flat junior Christina Martinelli and in Reining sophomore Brynn Critcher – both picking up their first career MOPs.

“I think the girls preformed very well today. We have been building on this confidence for the last couple of meets and it was nice to be able to finish it today," Kansas State head coach Casie Maxwell said. "Being tied going into Reining puts a lot of pressure on them. This was just like the competition we had on October 30 against Baylor just back and forth. They just kept fighting strong and we managed to get it in our favor today.”

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