Sunday, March 3, 2019

Cowgirls Sweep MOPs, Win Fourth Straight

HARRINGTON, Del. – The sixth-ranked Oklahoma State equestrian team defeated South Dakota State, 11-5, Saturday at the Delaware State Fairgrounds.

The Cowgirls began their meet against South Dakota State yesterday, when they split both Equitation Over Fences and Horsemanship, 2-2.

Locked at 4-4 after Friday, Saturday started with Equitation on the Flat. OSU swept the event, 4-0, behind Abigail Brayman's MOP honor.

Brayman earned two MOPs against the Jackrabbits, one in Flat and the other in Fences. This was Brayman's first MOP in Flat and fourth in Fences. The sophomore leads the team with five MOPs.

Freshman Kathryn Pelzel and sophomore Katie Schell have both won four-straight points in Flat. Pelzel improved her unbeaten record to 4-0 after defeating Clair Garduno, 76-67.

Hannah Janson completed the sweep of Flat with an 83-75 decision over Jessica Martinez.

The Flat and Reining team have won four-straight events.

OSU's No. 2 Reining team closed the meet with a 3-1 victory over the Jackrabbits' squad. Stephanie Helsen, Hannah Mitchell and Hannah Lovrien scored points for the Cowgirls.

Helsen's 68 garnered her first MOP award of the season. The sophomore has won seven of her past eight matchups.

Team captain Sarah Miller took home Horsemanship MOP honors after tying her season-high 76.5, which she set yesterday against Delaware State.

No. 1 Auburn holds for 10-8 win at No. 3 SMU

DALLAS – The No. 1 Auburn equestrian team faced a tough test at No. 3 SMU to cap its road weekend in Texas, coming away with a tight 10-8 win at the Dallas Equestrian Center. The win moved the Tigers to 12-0 on the year.

"That was too close for comfort," head coach Greg Williams said. "I'm very proud of our team and coming out on top in three events and getting three Most Outstanding Performer awards. SMU is a great team and is well coached so they certainly made it a battle today."

Auburn held a 9-5 advantage heading into Reining and the Mustangs took the first three matches to cut the AU lead by one at 9-8. A pair of seniors put up solid rides at the end and helped the Tigers hold for the win, starting with Blair McFarlin. The Franklin, Tenn., product needed to beat Aubrey Alderman's 72 and she put together an outstanding ride to earn a 72.5, sealing the Tiger victory. Senior Ali Fratessa also held off another point for SMU, tying her opponent, 70-70.

The Tigers kicked off the day with a 4-1 victory in Equitation Over Fences. Senior Caitlin Boyle opened up the event with an 86-80 win over Kelsie Brittan to take home MOP honors before classmate Hayley Iannotti topped Nora Gray, 85-81. Freshman Emma Kurtz followed with a two-point victory and the event was capped by an 83-77 win for sophomore Taylor St. Jacques.

Horsemanship followed and went 2-2 vs. the Mustangs. Senior Lauren Diaz continued her big weekend with 74.5 points in her win, upping her season total to 11. She added another MOP to her already outstanding season, upping her total to six this year. Classmate Kelsey Jung earned her ninth victory of the year with 73 points and sophomore Taylor Searles finished the event with a 72.5-72.5 tie.

Equitation on the Flat picked up three points to push Auburn ahead at 9-5. Freshman McKayla Langmeier obtained her undefeated mark in the event with an 86-77 victory and earned MOP on the way. Senior Ashton Alexander put together another 86 points for the win, while Boyle put an end to her perfect day, scoring 88 points to top her opponent.

No. 5 Baylor Grinds Out 11-7 Road Victory over No. 8 TCU

SPRINGTOWN, Texas – No. 5 Baylor equestrian (7-3, 3-1 Big 12) locked up the No. 1 seed at this month's Big 12 Championship meet when it took an 11-7 road win over No. 8 TCU (5-6, 1-3) Saturday at Turning Point Ranch in Springtown, Texas.

BU secured the top seed in the Big 12 postseason for the fourth time in five years (2015, '16, '17, '19) and first time under second-year head coach Casie Maxwell.

The meet started off with equitation over fences and horsemanship. BU battled the Horned Frogs to a 2-2 tie in fences with Catherine Moorhead's 77 on Elle and Gia Gulino's 82 on Mabel earning points.

However, TCU went 4-1 in horsemanship and took a 6-3 lead at the halfway mark of the meet. Kaylee Mellott earned the lone point for the Bears with a 75.5 on Jake.

The meet continued with reining and equitation on the flat. In reining, BU claimed a 3-1 win with Carly Salter (68 on Diesel), Madaline Callaway (70 on Willy) and Sydney Scheckel (71 on Roxie) earning points.

BU locked up a 5-0 win in flat and secured the win behind MOP Madison Day's 88 on Ozzie. Shannon Hogue scored an 85 on Caprilli while Grace Thiel scored an 87 on Pim and Rachael Davis recorded an 81 on Biggie.

Caroline Weaver's 84 on Tony made it a clean sweep to help BU outscore the Horned Frogs 8-1 in the second half for the team's first road win of the season.

Hornets Too Much for South Dakota State

DOVER, Del. - The Delaware State University Equestrian team closed out the final home meet of the season with a big conference win over South Dakota State 10-9. The Hornets victory came on “Senior Day” and was accompanied by three Most Outstanding Performer awards.

The Hornets started strong with several dominating performances, splitting the Horsemanship 2-2. Senior Samantha Elliott and sophomore Kelsey McArthur both received scores of 75.5, the highest scores for the event. Junior Elizabeth Lynch rode to a solid 70 aboard “Hunter” to tie her point.

Equitation on the Flat saw the Hornets take home two of the five possible points. Sophomore Sydney Wicklund bested her opponent aboard “Deal” 85-72, her second consecutive win on the Flat. Redshirt freshman Gabrielle Fournier rode to a score of an 84 aboard “Lophius”. Her stellar performance saw her bring home the event’s Most Outstanding Performer honors.

The Hornets proved to be too much for the Jackrabbits in the reining, winning the event 3-2. Freshman Amber Van Segbrook rode to a score of a 72, besting her opponent by four and a half points. Van Segbrook’s ride earned her her second Most Outstanding Performer honors of the weekend. Freshman Grace Wilson and junior Shelbe Jarrett also took home points for the Hornets.

Delaware State entered the final event, Equitation Over Fences, tied 7-7.

A 3-2 win in the Equitation Over Fences sealed the overall win for the Hornets. Gabrielle Fournier edged her opponent 86-85, earning her second Most Outstanding Performer honors of the day. Sophomore Sydney Wicklund also earned a point aboard “Cass”, scoring an 82. Freshman Anabelle Cimoli also earned a point aboard “Patton” in her first career appearance for DSU.

No. 7 Georgia Seniors Shine in Defeat of No. 4 South Carolina

BISHOP, Ga. – The seventh-ranked University of Georgia equestrian team clinched all events to defeat No. 4 University of South Carolina, 13-7, on Saturday afternoon at the UGA Equestrian Complex.

"I think what we really needed to do was continue to execute," Georgia head coach Meghan Boenig said. "We have been so happy with the growth and the progress that all of our riders have seen. We knew we could do us and South Carolina was not going to be an issue as long as we focused on that. It was great to be able to add an amount of special to that we our MOP awards and honoring our seniors."

Two Bulldog seniors received Most Outstanding Performance (MOP) honors for their final rides between the fences. Emma Mandarino earned her first MOP honor this season for a stellar score of 87 in Equitation Over Fences. Graysen Stroud received her second MOP honor in Reining this season, for her victorious ride and score of 69.5.

Three of Georgia's 13 points were scored by senior riders Mandarino, Stroud and Madison Anger. All 12 seniors on Georgia's roster were honored for their contributions to the team following competition.

"The past four years have been such a dream, and to end at home on this high note," said Mandarino. "The team is working so hard this year to make improvements and get better each day. We really showed that today."

Georgia (4-5, 3-2 SEC) rode to victory and won Equitation Over Fences, 4-1, over USC (5-6, 1-4 SEC). Juniors Sydney Hutchins and Maddy Darst earned the first two points for Georgia scoring 80 and 86, respectively. Sophomore Hayley Mairano rode to her third victory for fences outscoring her opponent by 13 points, 78-65. Mandarino added the final point for the Bulldogs defeating her opponent, 87- 83.

Senior Madison Anger's 73 contributed to Georgia's victory in Horsemanship, 3-2. Freshman rider Sara Lewis scored a 72.5 for her ride, earning her second career win. Sophomore Lexie Lane won her point with a score of 75 capturing the Bulldogs' win of the event.

The Bulldogs took an early, 7-3, advantage over the Gamecocks headed into the half.

The Bulldogs finished off western competition winning Reining, 3-2. Junior Annabeth Payne lead off the second rotation scoring the first point for Georgia, 68-63. Stroud notched a point for the Bulldogs for her final ride on her home arena, 69.5-61. In the anchor position, sophomore Jordan Carpenter spun to a score of 69.5 to secure the Bulldog win over the Gamecocks.

Georgia's Equitation on the Flat squad locked the Bulldog victory claiming the event, 3-2 over USC. The Gamecocks scored the first two points with Georgia responding to earn the next three points. Darst earned her second points of the day defeating her opponent, 80-74. Junior Grace Bridges pushed the score to 2-2 grabbing the point for Georgia, 83-82. For the final ride of the day, Mairano defeated her opponent by a 10-point margin, 83-73, to close out senior day with a win for the Bulldogs.

With this win, the Bulldogs extend their Southeastern Conference (SEC) record to 3-2.

Fresno State Western squads sweep in Bulldogs' 12-4 win at UC Davis

DAVIS, Calif. - The No. 9 Fresno State equestrian team defeated UC Davis on the road on Saturday afternoon, 12-4. The four Aggie points are the fewest the Bulldogs have allowed in any competition this season.

The western squads combined for an 8-0 sweep in the two events for the first time this season. Fresno State moves to 4-6 on the season.

The Bulldogs earned all four Most Outstanding Performer honors against the Aggies; Lexee Padrick (Reining), Alexandra Dirickson (Equitation on the Flat), Alexis Steele (Horsemanship) and Erica Rosinski (Equitation Over Fences).

How it happened
UC Davis opened up with a 3-1 win in Equitation Over Fences. Junior Erica Rosinski scored the only point in the event with an event-high 85 to her opponent's 78. Freshman Alivia Hart was able to show off her abilities in a high-scoring 84 in the Bulldog exhibition ride in the Fences.

Fresno State picked up momentum from that point on and never looked back. The 'Dogs came out strong in Horsemanship, earning all four points in the event. Freshmen Hannah Buijs, Brooklyn Moch and Alexis Steele, and redshirt sophomore Nicole Campbell earned the points for the 'Dogs.

At the break, Fresno State had a 5-3 lead.

The hunt seat discipline proved stronger in Equitation on the Flat, outscoring the Aggies 3-1. Freshman Hana Bieling opened up scoring for the 'Dogs with a 77-70 victory over Lilly Ulrich, which came to be the largest margin of victory in the event for the 'Dogs. Freshman Cecily Hayes earned her third Flat point of the season with a 76-73 victory. Senior Alexandra Dirickson rounded out the event with an event-high 85 to her opponent's 80.

The Bulldogs finished on a high note in Reining, earning a sweep in the event. The Reining squad of junior Paige Barton, freshman Lexee Padrick, junior Shea Gilson and senior Allison Nordvall took home points for the 'Dogs. Padrick earned the MOP honor in the event with a 75.5 to her opponent's 0.

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