March 31, 2014
WACO, Texas - The fourth-ranked Auburn University equestrian team has earned the 4-seed for the 2014 National Collegiate Equestrian Association National Championship, set to take place April 17-19 at the Extraco Events Center in Waco, Texas, the NCEA Selection Committee announced Monday.
Auburn (10-5 overall) will earn a bye in the first round and will take on the winner of No. 5 Kansas State and No. 12 Texas A&M.
Beginning with the 2014 championship, the top-12 overall teams (Western and Hunt Seat combined) are invited to compete. The NCEA Selection Committee determines and invites these teams based on a number of factors throughout the season.
The top-four seeds in the NCEA Championship each receive first-round byes in the 12-team format. The top-four seeds to this year's event include Southeastern Conference Champion South Carolina, Big 12 Conference Champion Oklahoma State, SEC runner-up Georgia and SEC third-place team Auburn.
Auburn is the defending NCEA Overall National Champion. Oklahoma State won the 2013 NCEA Western Championship and Auburn won the 2013 NCEA Hunt Seat Championship.
For complete information on the NCEA and its championship history, log on to www.myNCEA.com.
||2014 NCEA Opening-Round Match-Ups
(5) Kansas State vs. (12) Texas A&M (winner faces (4) Auburn)
(6) Baylor vs. (11) UT-Martin (winner faces (3) Georgia)
(7) New Mexico State vs. (10) SMU (winner faces (2) Oklahoma State)
(8) Fresno State vs. (9) TCU (winner faces (1) South Carolina)
||2014 NCEA Championship Seeding
1. South Carolina
2. Oklahoma State
5. Kansas State
7. New Mexico State
8. Fresno State
12. Texas A&M