April 14, 2011

Earlier: Hunter Seat Riders Down New Mexico State

WACO, Texas - The Texas A&M western squad is two wins away from the program's ninth national title after a strong 7-1 victory over Baylor in quarterfinal action Thursday evening at the Varsity Equestrian National Championships at Waco's Extraco Events Center.

The top-seeded and two-time defending champion Aggies stormed out to a big lead after a sweep in reining, with Becca Murray, Courtney Dawe, Abigail Grabein and Randi Standley all posting victories. Entering the horsemanship competition and needing just one more point to advance, sophomore Carey Nowacek clinched the win with a 150-145.5 defeat of Baylor's Ashley Garza. Standley and Katie Lisabeth would tack on victories as well as A&M took seven of the possible eight points.

The win was the western team's ninth in a row at the VENC dating back to 2008. A&M will battle No. 4-seed Georgia in Friday's first semifinal, with start time set for approximately 3 p.m.

In hunter seat, the Aggies faced familiar foe Oklahoma State in quarterfinal action after A&M posted a convincing defeat of New Mexico State earlier in the day. Following victories on the flat by Hannah Soibelman and Kristin Bell, Texas A&M carried a slim raw score lead into the fences competition. The Cowgirls proved too much, however, claiming three of the rides en route to a 5-3 victory.

The Aggies' point over fences came from sophomore Emily Williams, whose 165-point ride in her defeat of Eleanor Sparks was the highest of any of the 48 fences competitors on the day.

A&M will now face No. 9-seed TCU on Friday beginning at approximately 12:40 p.m.

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

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

WESTERN CHAMPIONSHIP

First Round
(#8) Baylor 6, (#9) New Mexico State 2
(#5) South Carolina 7, (#12) Delaware State 1
(#6) TCU 6, (#11) Fresno State 1
(#7) Kansas State 8, (#10) Tennessee-Martin 0

Quarterfinals
(#1) Texas A&M 7, (#8) Baylor 1
(#4) Georgia 5, (#5) South Carolina 3
(#3) Auburn vs (#6) TCU (Friday)
(#2) Oklahoma State vs (#7) Kansas State (Friday)

Friday's Semifinal: (#1) Texas A&M vs (#4) Georgia, 3 p.m.

HUNTER SEAT CHAMPIONSHIP

First Round
(#9) TCU 5, (#8) Kansas State 3
(#5) Texas A&M 7, (#12) New Mexico State 1
(#6) South Carolina 6, (#11) Delaware State 1
(#10) Tennessee-Martin 5, (#7) Fresno State 3

Quarterfinals
(#1) Auburn 8, (#9) TCU 0
(#4) Oklahoma State 5, (#5) Texas A&M 3
(#3) Baylor vs (#6) South Carolina (Friday)
(#2) Georgia vs (#10) Tennessee-Martin (Friday)

Friday's Consolation: (#4) Texas A&M vs (#9) TCU, 12:40 p.m.

WESTERN QUARTERFINALS: (#1) Texas A&M 7, (#8) Baylor 1

Reining: A&M 4, Baylor 0
Becca Murray (A&M) def. Amber Mooney (BU), 139.5-0
Courtney Dawe (A&M) def. Olivia Rogers (BU), 142.5-138
Abigail Grabein (A&M) def. Katrina Buss (BU), 138.5-136.5
Randi Standley (A&M) def. Barbara Aitken (BU), 142.5-130.5

Horsemanship: A&M 3, Baylor 1
Carey Nowacek (A&M) def. Ashley Garza (BU), 150-145.5
Blair Bergeson (BU) def. Amanda Brightwell (A&M), 146-143.5
Randi Standley (A&M) def. Meghan Murphy (BU), 146.5-145
Katie Lisabeth (A&M) def. Chelsea Reitmer (BU), 152.5-142.5

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) vs Chelsae Keyes (NMSU), 143-140

HUNTER SEAT QUARTERFINALS: (#4) Oklahoma State 5, (#5) Texas A&M 3

Flat: A&M 2, OSU 2 (A&M wins on raw score, 530-528)
Eleanor Sparks (OSU) def. Maggie Earle (A&M), 130-124
Hannah Soibelman (A&M) def. Ali Rose (OSU), 138-132
Jordan White (OSU) def. Lia Chafee (A&M), 142-137
Kristin Bell (A&M) def. Alice White (OSU), 132-126

Fences: OSU 3, A&M 1
Alice White (OSU) def. Kori Pickett (A&M), 149-141
Erin Prutow (OSU) def. Brooke Coleman (A&M), 116-80
Sammy Elser (OSU) def. Lia Chafee (A&M), 141-76
Emily Williams (A&M) def. Eleanor Sparks (OSU), 165-150