March 12, 2011
STILLWATER, Okla. - The third-ranked Auburn equestrian team narrowly defeated No. 4 Oklahoma State today, winning in raw score 1,526.5-1,511. Though the western squad only earned two points on the day, the hunt seat riders came up big, winning 7-1.
"Once again, we had an impressive performance by hunt seat," said head coach Greg Williams. "Christina Lin's clutch performance in the last point of the day clinched the win. After a rough start, I was very proud of how the girls stayed focused and poised. Three road wins in a row is a great way to start spring break."
Auburn's over fences riders started strong, allowing no points from Oklahoma State. Junior MVP Grace Socha defeated Ellie Sparks 86-84, senior Ali Loprete defeated Erin Prutow 85-78 and freshman Jennifer Waxman defeated Alice White 84-83. Junior Maggie McAlary and senior Anna Schierholz both tied with scores of 80 and 82 respectively.
In equitation on the flat, the Tigers rode convincingly, winning 4-1 and claiming another MVP. Sophomore Anna Becker earned the MVP and high score of the day with a 90, defeating Andrea Robbins by 13 points. Other Tiger winners included McAlary, who defeated Alice White 86-79, sophomore Lindsay Portela, who defeated Ali Rose 81-79 and freshman Christina Lin, who defeated Sarah Gesick 80-70.
Auburn (12-3) returns to action March 26 in Blythewood, S.C. as they enter the SEC Championships as the No. 1 seed. The Tigers have a first round bye and will face the winner of the match-up between No. 2 seed Georgia and No. 3 seed South Carolina.