Sunday, February 7, 2016

O'Mara Scores Career-High in Georgia's Defeat of South Carolina

No. 2 Georgia equestrian defeated No. 8 South Carolina 13-7 Saturday afternoon at the One Wood Farm.  With the win, Georgia improves to 7-1 on the season and 4-1 in Southeastern Conference competition.

Highlighting the meet was Meg O'Mara (Equitation Over Fences) and Bailey Anderson (Horsemanship) who won MOP honors for Georgia.  Additionally, O’Mara rode to a career-high 93 in Equitation Over Fences.

"It's always nice to come home with a win, especially against a good team and SEC rival like South Carolina," Georgia head coach Meghan Boenig said. "This is a great place to be at this point in the season as we get ready for our next SEC competitor, Auburn."

Competition started with Reining with Georgia jumping to an early 3-2 lead. South Carolina took the first point with Makayla Clegg outscoring Kyndall Harper 67.5-66.  Georgia took the next two points with Charley Thiel grabbing a point from Bridgett White before Lauren Garmon outscored Madison Thiel 69-65.5.  The next point went to South Carolina’s Bailey Walters over Graysen Stroud 72-70.5. Georgia took the final point of the event with Claudia Spreng outscoring Sarah Bouchard 70-68.5.

Equitation Over Fences was up next with Georgia extended its lead.  Georgia earned the first two points with Addy Cord and Liza Finsness outscoring their opponents 75-71 and 87-81, respectively.  South Carolina took the next two points. Chloe Schmidt edged Leylan Gleeson 77-76 before Samantha Kraus defeated Alex Maracic 83-80.  Georgia won another point with O’Mara riding to a career-high and MOP winning score of 93 over Sydney Smith’s 70.  

After two events Georgia led South Carolina 6-4.

Georgia earned four points over in Horsemanship. Madison Anger took the first point for Georgia, outscoring Abigail Pait 72.5-71.5. South Carolina won their lone point of the event before Georgia earned the last three.  Anderson rode to an MOP earning 76.5 over Ashley Reichert's 75 , then Rachel Kolb and Heather Schmidt each defeated their South Carolina opponents by one point.  With one event to go, Georgia led South Carolina 10-5.

Competition concluded in Equitation on the Flat.  Georgia riders, Madison Newman and Meg O'Mara earned two points for Georgia before South Carolina riders claimed the next two.  Leylan Gleeson closed out competition with another point for Georgia.  

SDSU Equestrian Sweeps Crookston

The South Dakota State equestrian opened its spring season with a dominating 15-0 win over Minnesota-Crookston on Saturday at the DeHaan Equestrian Center in Brookings for the program’s first-ever shutout. SDSU also earned all four MOPs on the day.

The Jackrabbits, who won 15 of the 16 available points and tied in one ride, improve to 3-6 overall with the win, while the Golden Eagles fall to 0-2 in NCEA completion.

“Today was a strong start to the semester, and gives us great momentum going in to our next meet against TCU,” head coach Ellie Wilkins said. “We got strong rides across the board, and I’m very pleased with our performance as a whole.”

SDSU opened the day by winning all four points over fences, with Marielle Golden leading the way with an MOP score of 85 to improve to 4-5 on the season, her second MOP of the season and sixth of her career. Alissa Greenwald carded an 83 to boost her record to 6-3, Blair Julia Wright moved to 3-2-1 with a 75 and Jessica Andronowitz scored a 71 to move to 5-4.

The Jacks kept it going into horsemanship, where Nicole Siebold scored a 74 and Lexus Hoffman 73, as both riders even their records at 4-4. Hoffman earned MOP honors for the first time this season and for the third time in her career. Kelsey Swainston finished with a 71.5 to stay undefeated with a 5-0-1 record, while Vanessa Hinkle scored 70 for her first-career point in her first-ever official NCEA ride.

Andronowitz and Golden scored points again on the flat; Golden with a 78 to move to 6-3 and Andronowitz with a 76 to improve to 3-4, with her second MOP of the season and fourth of her career, which ties the school record. Natalie Howard won her point with a 72 to even her record at 4-4.

No. 10 SMU Upsets No. 7 Fresno State On Senior Day

The hunt seat team won seven points and a late surge from the western team propelled the 10th-ranked SMU equestrian team past No. 7 Fresno State in a tiebreak decision, 10-10 (1487.50-1465.00) Saturday at Sleepy P Ranch. It was Senior Day for the Mustangs as prior to the meet as Alex Butterworth, Ariana Dubelko, Schaefer Raposa and Kristen Schramm were recognized for their contributions to the program.

“While I am thrilled to get a win for our seniors at our last home meet this season, we made a lot of mistakes and we need to ride better next week when we travel to UT Martin to compete against two teams away,” said head coach Carol Gwin.

The day started with equitation over fences, where SMU (3-5, 2-1 United Equestrian Conference) jumped to a 4-1 lead over No. 7 Fresno State. Raposa continued her senior-year success, rolling over Dani Schneider, 84-73 en route to her 14th career most outstanding player honor, and seventh of the season. Sylvia de Toledo and Butterworth both scored an 80 or higher, de Toledo recording an 81-76 victory, before Butterworth used a 80-77 win over Kylina Chalack to give SMU a 3-0 lead. After a re-ride, Nora Gray secured her sixth over fences victory with a 75-73 ride on Madison to take down Alex Peltier. Alexis Graves, the final rider for SMU, recorded a 75, but fell short to Paige Pastorino.

Fresno State (3-6, 3-2 UEC) regrouped and tied the meet at 5-5, claiming the reining discipline 4-1. Jaclyn White earned the only SMU reining win posting a 68-66.5 win over Kaylie Gobeli. Olivia Pakula opened the discipline with a 68, but the effort fell short as Aly Frias just outdid Pakula, 68.5-68.

Raposa, de Toledo and Gray all earned their second victories of the day, winning in equitation on the flat to give the Mustangs to an 8-7 lead. Raposa opened the event with a 73-72 win edging Schneider, before de Toledo knocked off Fogelberg, 82-78, and earned the flat discipline MOP honor. Gray rounded off the event for SMU with a convincing 76-60 win over Savannah Bernard.

With an 8-7 lead going into the horsemanship discipline, juniors Morgan Redwine and Hannah McCain both earned victories to tie the meet for the Mustangs and boost the tiebreaker score. Redwine knocked off Maddy Robinson easily, posting a 71.5-67.5 win, while McCain used a 70 to beat Taylor Brown, 70-65. Michaela Dinger posted a western-team high 73, but the effort fell short as Rachel Williams managed a 74.5 to win the point.

“We definitely had some stars today but as far as an entire team effort, we were quite rusty,” said Gwin. “Our upperclassmen really did a good job propelling us to the win, however it is great to see some of the freshman stepping up as well.”

Nottingham, Davis Shine As Cowgirls Take Down KSU

Fifth-ranked Oklahoma State Equestrian took down conference rival Kansas State, 11-6 on Saturday to improve to a perfect 4-0 record in conference play.

"I'm feeling very good with the way the girls rode today," head coach Larry Sanchez said. "Kansas State is a very good team and their coaching staff does a great job. Anytime you can beat a Big 12 team, it's a good day."

Senior Paris Nottingham was exceptional for the Cowgirls (5-2), as she posted a team season-high score of 76.5 in Horsemanship, defeating KSU's Alyssa Lombardi.

Nottingham was named Most Outstanding Player in Horsemanship.

Senior Ty Paris and former Wildcat Kirsten Chamberland were also victorious for OSU in the event, besting K-State's Paige Kemper (74-72.5) and Danielle Kemper (75.5-74), respectively.

The Cowgirls remained unbeaten in Reining, 6-0-1, picking up a 2-1 victory over KSU in the event.

Senior Erin Willoughby stayed unbeaten as well, tying Nicholle Hatton at 69.5.

Ebba Lange continued her successful season with a 71.5-70.5 victory over Kara Guy and Julia Purus picked up a win for the Cowgirls, defeating Brynn Critcher 69-68.

In Hunt Seat competition, the Cowgirls were equally successful.

In Equitation on the Flat, All-American Jorden Davis recorded a season-high score of 90, taking down Molly Dunn's 77.

Kendall Pedigo and Carly Barrick also were triumphant for OSU, topping Rory Reichelt and Henley Adkins of Kansas State, respectively.

Barrick posted a personal-best score of 88 in Equitation over Fences, defeating Christina Martinelli's 68.

Davis scored an impressive 86 and picking up a point over KSU's Hallie Kutsche (73) in the event.

The Cowgirls would win the event, 3-1, as All-American Amy White would beat K-State's Molly Dunn, 82-75. Katie Jones and KSU's Henley Adkins tied at 79 and Maggie Drysch posted a notable 80 for the Cowgirls.

Davis (Flat) and Barrick (Fences) earned MOP honors in Hunt Seat competition for the Cowgirls.

"I am very proud of this team," Sanchez said. "They have been working very hard to improve and get better. Today's win is a result of their hard work."

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