April 18, 2009
Waco, Texas - The top-seed Auburn equestrian team won the third round of
Hunt Seat, defeating fourth-seed Baylor 5-3. The Hunt Seat team advances
to the championship round Saturday for the second year in a row to face
conference rival and second-seed Georgia, while Auburn's Maggie McAlary
and Anna Schierholz both advance in individual competition in Hunt Seat
Equitation over Fences on Saturday as well.
"The girls rode extremely well," said Auburn head coach Greg Williams.
"It came out a lot closer than we thought, but it feels great to be
in there (referring to making the championship round)."
In individual competition, third-seed McAlary defeated sixth-seed Nicole
Bourgeois of South Carolina 170-166, while fifth-seed Schierholz
defeated fourth-seed Nicole Brown of Baylor 171.5-166 in Hunt Seat
Equitation over Fences. In Western Reining, third-seed Paige Monfore
fell to defending champion and sixth-seed Sarah Locker of Georgia
134-134, losing by virtue of a tiebreaker.
"It's going to be us and Georgia," said Williams. "We both won in very
close meets, so now we'll meet our rival Georgia for the national