Friday, March 29, 2019

Baylor Opens Big 12 Championship with Victory over TCU

Top-seeded and No. 4 Baylor equestrian (8-4) pushed past No. 7 and third-seeded TCU with an 11-8 victory on day one of the Big 12 Championship Friday morning at Totusek Arena in Stillwater, Okla.

Baylor will face No. 2 seed and third-ranked Oklahoma State in round two Saturday at approximately 1 p.m. CT for a chance to claim the program's fourth Big 12 title.

The meet started with equitation over fences and horsemanship. The Bears dropped fences, 3-1, with Madison Day securing the lone point with a 172 on Phia.

Meanwhile, the horsemanship team rattled off a 4-1 win. Marley Mainwaring (136 on Whiz), Kacie Scharf (144 on Rolex), Abbi Demel (150 on Snip) and Katie Davis (145 on Rudy) all secured western points to help BU take the 5-4 lead at the half.

In reining, the Bears edged the Horned Frogs, 3-2, with points from Madaline Callaway (138 on Penny), Georgia Smith (140 on Paul) and Carly Salter (133 on Willy).

The Bears closed out the meet with a 3-2 win in equitation on the flat. Shannon Hogue scored a 151 on Puzzle while Caroline Weaver secured a 134 on Tony, and Grace Thiel scored a 159 on Zotti for the Baylor win.

Oklahoma State Starts Strong at Big 12 Championship

The second-seeded Oklahoma State equestrian team began the second round of the Big 12 Championships with a 9-1 start through two events against TCU on Friday at Totusek Arena.

The Cowgirls swept Equitation on the Flat, 5-0, thanks to victories from Katie Pelzel, Sydnie Ziegler, Abigail Brayman, Hannah Janson and Katie Schell. The freshman duo of Pelzel and Ziegler opened scoring for the Cowgirls.

Janson, a junior, recorded the highest score in the event, defeating TCU's Janelle Henningsen, 164-0.

OSU's Reining team, which entered the day ranked No. 1 nationally, showed its mettle in a 4-1 victory. Stephanie Helsen, Hannah Mitchell, Kristi Wiggins and Hannah Lovrien all won their matchups.

Competing at her first Big 12 Championship, Lovrien scored an event-high 140. Along with Janson, Mitchell is competing in her third Big 12 Championship, holding a 4-1 record after the victory today.

OSU resumes the second round against TCU with Equitation Over Fences and Horsemanship at 10 a.m. Saturday morning. Shortly after the meet with TCU, the Cowgirls will face Baylor to complete the round robin tournament.

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