AUBURN, Ala. – The No. 2 Auburn equestrian team extended its winning streak to four Saturday, defeating No. 9 South Carolina, 12-7, at the Auburn University Equestrian Center. The Tigers improved to 7-3 overall and finished the Southeastern Conference regular season with a 4-2 record.
“The team had to keep working all day and they came away with a great win,” head coach Greg Williams said. “I’m very proud of this group. They are extremely talented and working very hard. They are so together as a team and I’m loving where they are right now.”
The Western corps put together a dominate showing for the squad, going 7-2 against the Gamecocks.
Auburn went 4-1 in Horsemanship to kick off the meet. Sophomore Kara Kaufmann opened up the team points with a 75-72.5 win over Quinn Brandt. Redshirt junior Kelsey Jung and freshman Deanna Green each earned their eighth win of the year as Jung topped Madison Thiel, 72-70.5, and Green bested Megan Overberg, 75.5-72. Green, of Pilot Point, Texas, was awarded her fifth Most Outstanding Performer honor of the season for her ride.
Freshman Taylor Searles finished out the event with a 74.5-72 victory over Paige Stopperich.
Auburn edged the Gamecocks in Equitation on the Flat with a 3-2 record. Junior Hayley Iannotti earned her ninth Flat win of 2017-18, besting Lizzie van der Walde, 56-46. Senior Caitlin Creel edged Lauren Fabiano, 66-65, and freshman Taylor St. Jacques remained undefeated in the event with a 67-57 victory over Louisa Brackett.
The Gamecocks closed in on Auburn’s 7-3 intermission lead, besting the Tigers in Equitation Over Fences with a 3-2 edge. St. Jacques rode to an 87-84 win over Lizzie van der Walde and junior Alex Ladove capped the event with 86 points in her victory.
The Reining corps put together another solid performance for the squad to close out the full day, besting the Gamecocks, 3-1. After SC captured the first match up, junior Blair McFarlin rode to a 67-67 tie vs. her opponent. Senior Alexa Rivard gave Auburn its 10th point with her 68.5 points and junior Betsy Brown extended her winning streak to five as she topped Bridgett White, 70.5-69.5. Freshman Terri-June Granger led all student-athletes with 71 points in her win to seal the 12-7 team victory.
The Tigers remain on the Plains, hosting No. 5 SMU next weekend. Auburn and the Mustangs will face off at 11 a.m. CT, March 3, at the Auburn University Equestrian Center.
#2 AUBURN 12, #9 SOUTH CAROLINA 7
Equitation on the Flat
Madison Sellman (SC) def. Caitlin Boyle (AU), 74-60
Hayley Iannotti (AU) def. Lizzie van der Walde (SC), 56-46
Caitlin Creel (AU) def. Lauren Fabiano (SC), 66-65
Chloe Schmidt (SC)* def. Ashton Alexander (AU), 72-62
Taylor St. Jacques (AU) def. Louisa Brackett (SC), 67-57
Equitation Over Fences
Chloe Schmidt (SC) def. Ashton Alexander (AU), 86-85
Taylor St. Jacques (AU) def. Lizzie van der Walde (SC), 87-84
Madison Brayman (SC) def. Hayley Iannotti (AU), 91-82
Lauren Fabiano (SC)* def. Caitlin Boyle (AU), 88-78
Alex Ladove (AU) def. Madison Sellman (SC), 86-74
Kara Kaufmann (AU) def. Quinn Brandt (SC), 75-72.5
Caroline Gute (SC) def. Lauren Diaz (AU), 73-63
Kelsey Jung (AU) def. Madison Thiel (SC), 72-70.5
Deanna Green (AU)* def. Megan Overberg (SC), 75.5-72
Taylor Searles (AU) def. Paige Stopperich (SC), 74.5-72
Caroline Gute (SC)* def. Deanna Green (AU), 67.5-67
Blair McFarlin (AU) tied Jordan Scott (SC), 67-67
Alexa Rivard (AU) def. Bailey Walters (SC), 68.5-0
Betsy Brown (AU) def. Bridgett White (SC), 70.5-69.5
Terri-June Granger (AU) def. Paisley Roberts (SC), 71-0
* - Denotes Most Outstanding Performer