April 13, 2012
WACO, Texas- The Oklahoma State equestrian team defeated the Georgia Bulldogs, 5-3, in the semifinals of the National Collegiate Equestrian Association National Championships at the Extraco Events Center in Waco, Texas on Friday.
NCEA Western Semifinal: (2) OSU 5, (3) UGA 3
The team endured a long day that saw nearly 13 hours of competition and much movement within the brackets as the No. 2 seed Cowgirls pushed their way to the final round. The third-seeded Bulldogs kept the match close throughout with a pair of lead changes, and the competition wasn’t secured until the final ride of the evening.
Lindsey McMullen earned a 144.5-142 victory in her national championship debut as a Cowgirl. Fellow freshman Katy Krshka added a 144.5-136 victory. The freshman phenom improved to 13-2 on the season in the event with the win. Needing one point to secure the overall victory for the Cowgirls, junior Marissa Dalton took care of business, winning 144-142.5.
NCEA Western Quarterfinal: (2) OSU 5, (10) TCU 3
The Cowgirl western team rolled to a 5-3 victory over the tenth-seeded TCU Horned Frogs in the morning session quarterfinal. Oklahoma State followed a 3-1 victory in reining with a 2-2 tie in horsemanship that set the Pokes up for a matchup with Georgia Bulldogs in the afternoon session semifinals.
The Horned Frogs got on the board first picking up the first team point of the morning, but Oklahoma State rattled off five straight to put away the competition. Caroline Daniels continued her dominance in reining, winning her 10th head-to-head matchup in her last 11 tries with a 139.5-138 victory. Katy Krshka went 2-0 on the morning, earning a 136.5-129.5 win after a re-ride in reining and a 146.5-143.5 win in horsemanship. The victories put her win total at 21 on the year, a team-high. Jenna Blumer won her head-to-head matchup in reining, 139.5-135, and the Pokes took a 3-1 lead into horsemanship.
Mamie Tomlin joined Krshka in the win column in horsemanship, squeaking out a 143-142.5 victory to lock up the Cowgirls’ overall win.
NCEA Hunter Seat Quarterfinal: (11) OSU 4 (1212 raw score), (3) UGA 4 (1229 raw score)
The hunter seat team started out hot and nearly pulled off a major upset, but fell to the Georgia Bulldogs in the quarterfinal round in raw scores, 1229-1212. The Pokes ran away with a 3-1 victory in equitation on the flat, but fell by the same margin in equitation over fences. Jordan White, Ellie Sparks and Ali Rose all earned head-to-head wins on the flat. White’s win was her 11th of the year, a team-high.
Samantha Harrison earned a 171-156 victory in equitation over fences but it wasn’t enough as the Pokes fell in tiebreaking fashion.
NCEA Hunter Seat Consolation Bracket: (11) OSU 3, (2) USC 5
OSU tried to get back on the winning track in an odd afternoon session that saw four re-rides in equitation on the flat. Ali Rose earned her second head-to-head point of the day when she defeated her Gamecock counterpart, 158-145, in equitation on the flat. Ellie Sparks joined her with multiple wins in the event when she won her head-to-head point, 122-116. At the end of the event the score stood deadlocked, 2-2.
Harrison enjoyed her second win of the day in equitation over fences with a 176-149 victory, but the Cowgirls dropped the next three and fell in overall scores, 5-3.
NCEA Western National Championship (Tomorrow)
Oklahoma State and Texas A&M have met three times previously this season. The Aggies took the first matchup in the western discipline on November 5, by a 7-4 margin. The Cowgirls got revenge on February 25, with an identical 7-4 victory. The grudge match came in the Big 12 Championship Finals, where the Aggies came away with a raw score victory, 1160-1150. Despite the defeat, Oklahoma State still came away with the conference title, their second in four years.
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