Cowgirls Defeat Fresno State On Senior Day
STILLWATER, Okla. — The No. 2-ranked Oklahoma State Equestrian team defeated No. 6 Fresno State, 14-5, Saturday at Totusek Arena.
Cowgirl seniors Maggie Drysch, Jorden Davis, Miranda Reed and Jordan Langan were honored for their accomplishments at the match.
Rain forced the entirety of the match inside, and the Cowgirls (8-2, 3-1) started the day off with a commanding lead, winning Equitation over Fences, 4-1. Hannah Janson, Katie Jones, Carly Barrick and Davis each won their matchups during the event, with Barrick earning a Most Outstanding Performer honor for her 80-69 victory over FSU's Alex Dirickson.
The Cowgirls would also win Equitation on the Flat, 3-2, with victories from Davis, Drysch and Kendall Pedigo. Drysch's victory marked her fourth-straight win.
The Cowgirls kept Fresno State scoreless in Horsemanship, taking the event 4-0 behind victories from Maddie Bender, Kirsten Chamberland, Libby Collins and Sarah Miller. Chamberland's win is her fourth of the spring season as she defeated FSU's Taylor Brown, 73-70.5. Bender earned an MOP for her win over FSU's Rachel Williams, 76-72.
The Reining team once again shined for the Cowgirls, winning the event, 3-2, as Julia Purus, Hannah Mitchell and Danielle Cohen were bright spots for OSU. Cohen defeated FSU's Paige Barton 74-70, with the score marking Cohen's highest of the season, while Purus won her matchup against FSU's Shea Gilson, 72.5-71.5. Mitchell's victory against FSU's Hailey Robison was her ninth-straight win, and she captured her fifth-consecutive MOP honor.
"It was a great day," said head coach Larry Sanchez. "It was a great final meet to go out on, being able to beat Fresno State at home."
The Cowgirls will continue their season at the Big 12 Championship in Waco, Texas, with the event being held on March 23-25.
No. 4 Texas A&M Tops No. 9 TCU, 12-7, on Senior Day
COLLEGE STATION, Texas — The No. 4 Texas A&M Equestrian team defeated No. 9 TCU, 12-7, Saturday at the Hildebrand Equine Complex.
"This was a really tough meet," head coach Tana McKay said. "We had a lot of things thrown at us but overall I'm really happy with the way the girls rode. It is a great way to end our final home meet of the season and great going away present for our seniors, because this is their last home meet. I am very happy with today."
The Aggies (8-4, 3-3 SEC) fell behind 3-2 after the meet's first event, Equitation over Fences. Junior Rachael Hake scored the first point for the Aggies after an 88-76 victory over Kari Hancock. Junior Alex Desiderio outscored Molly Peddicord, 92-77 to earn MOP honors.
In the Western arena, Texas A&M won Horsemanship, 4-1. Junior Avery Ellis tallied a point for the Aggies after defeating Rylee Morgan, 77-76, and earned MOP honors for the fourth time this season. Junior Bailey Cook topped Megan McMullen, 75-72.5. Earning the final two points were senior Rachel Lucht, who outscored Josie Mootz, 73.5-72.5, and senior Kaci Fisher who earned a 75.5 to down Marah Hutson's 72.
Heading into Equitation on Flat, the Aggies led 6-4 and extended their lead to 10-5. Sophomore Rebekah Chenelle tallied the first point for the Aggies after defeating Molly Peddicord, 73-59. Desiderio recorded her second win of the day, defeating Jayme Omand, 67-60. Hake came out on top against Maddy Fithian with a score of 65-62. Senior Anna Rea dominated with a score of 74-55 over Carley Barnett.
In Reining, senior Sarah Kate Grider added to the Aggie's lead by earning a point after beating Brooke Boyle, 72.5-70.5, before senior Sarah McEntire edged out Rylee Morgan, 72-71.
The Aggies return to action Friday, March 24 at No.1 Auburn in the SEC Championship.
To learn more about the Texas A&M equestrian team, log onto www.12thman.com or follow @AggieEquestrian on Twitter.
Equestrian Closes Regular-Season in Tiebreak Loss
BROOKINGS, S.D. — The South Dakota State equestrian team closed its regular-season in a tough loss to No. 8 SMU in a tiebreak on Senior Day.
At the end of competition, SDSU and SMU were tied 8-8, but after a tiebreaker, the Mustangs took the win, 1576.75-1567.25.
"Even though the tie did not end up in our favor, I was so proud of all of our rides throughout the day," head coach Ellie Wilkins said. "The momentum followed us home from our trip to Las Cruces and helped us come together as a team to end our regular season on what I would consider a higher note."
The Jackrabbits won Equitation over Fences, 3-0. Junior Alissa Greenwald garnered MOP accolades with an 87-70 victory over Vivian Yowan. Jacey Chorlton dropped Alexis Graves, 76-75. Senior Blair Wright upended Haley Zimmerman, 84-81.
Freshman Jessica Martinez captured her fifth win on the season with an 85-84 mark over Nora Gray. Taylor Duerr improved to 6-4 in the discipline, topping Haley Zimmerman, 82-77.
Nicole Siebold won the lone point in Horsemanship, en route to earning MOP honors. Nichole Zazula tied her point.
In Reining, Alicia Johnson defeated Casey Bibbs, 72-71. Miranda Sullivan claimed the last point for the Jacks with a 69-67.5 win over Madison Steed.
SDSU closes the season going 3-8 overall and 1-2 in the UEC. The team will wait for the results of the conference tournament to determine if they qualify for nationals.