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 horsemanship, Auburn's riders were swept by Oklahoma State despite high scores from junior Kristin Hansen, freshman Stephanie Rucci and senior Mary Casey.
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.
In reining, senior Paige Monfore and sophomore Indy Roper earned points for the Tigers. Monfore defeated Jenna Blumer 68-66.5 and Roper defeated Christy McElreath 70.5-70.
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.