April 14, 2011

WACO, Texas - The Texas A&M hunter seat squad advanced to the quarterfinal round of the Varsity Equestrian National Championships Thursday afternoon with a 7-1 win over No. 12-seed New Mexico State.

A&M won three of four rides on the flat and swept fences to cruise to victory.

The fifth-seeded Aggies will now face No. 4-seed and rival Oklahoma State in the next round, set to begin at 3:30 p.m. this afternoon. The winner will advance to Friday's semifinals.

The Aggies' two-time defending national champion western team begins action in the quarterfinals at 4 p.m. today against either Baylor or New Mexico State.

Live results can be found on aggieathletics.com, while free video can be found on varsityequestrian.com.

VARSITY EQUESTRIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
Thursday, April 14 - Extraco Events Center - Waco, Texas

HUNTER SEAT FIRST ROUND: (#5) Texas A&M 7, (#12) New Mexico State 1

Flat: A&M 3, NMSU 1
Lia Chafee (A&M) def. Brianna Raab (NMSU), 152-145
Hannah Soibelman (A&M) def. Erica Daniels (NMSU), 132-115
Stephanie Gershon (NMSU) def. Maggie Earle (A&M), 130-124
Kristin Bell (A&M) def. Chelsae Keyes (NMSU), 134-111

Fences: A&M 4, NMSU 0
Kori Pickett (A&M) def. Emily McConnell (NMSU), 162-149
Lia Chafee (A&M) def. Amy Lang (NMSU), 159-152
Brooke Coleman (A&M) def. Stephanie Gershon (NMSU), 143-140
Emily Williams (A&M) def. Chelsae Keyes (NMSU), 143-140

LATER TODAY:

HUNTER SEAT QUARTERFINALS
(#5) Texas A&M vs (#4) Oklahoma State, 3:30 p.m.

WESTERN QUARTERFINALS
(#1) Texas A&M vs (#8) Baylor/(#9) New Mexico State, 4 p.m.