April 14, 2012
WACO, Texas – The Oklahoma State equestrian western team had a bid for their fourth national championship but came up just short, tying Texas A&M and falling in the tiebreaker by raw scores.
As is becoming tradition with the two programs, the competition came down to the final head-to-head matchup, this time with a video review adding to the drama. The match saw four ties and four lead changes, including scores knotted up after each event.
Lindsey McMullen stayed perfect for the championship when she defeated Texas A&M’s Katie Lisabeth, 147.5-146. Her score was the highest of all riders on the day. Katy Krshka won her 11th head-to-head matchup in the last 12 tries in the event with a 139.5-139 victory.
After horsemanship the Pokes trailed in raw scores, 577.5-563. Oklahoma State would drop its first matchup in reining before rattling off two-straight victories courtesy of Rachel Houchin and Jenna Blumer. Houchin scored the highest point total of the event, winning her head-to-head, 140-135.5. Blumer added a ten-point win, taking it by a 138.5-128.5 margin. The Cowgirls needed to beat a 137.5 in the final ride of the weekend to be named champions but came up just short. After a video review, the Aggies took the final point, tying the overall score, 4-4. Texas A&M came out with a 1116.5-975.5 advantage in raw scores and was named NCEA Western National Champions.
The Cowgirls finished 12-4 on the season in the discipline. Their Reserve National Championship marks the fifth time since 2003 that Oklahoma State has won either a National Title or a Reserve National Title in western.
“I could not be more proud of the effort the girls gave this entire weekend,” coach Larry Sanchez said. “They not only represented OSU in the arena with quality rides, but maintained a high level of sportsmanship and integrity throughout the event.”