April 8, 2013
AUBURN, Ala. -
Five riders from the Auburn equestrian team have been named NCEA All-Americans, the National Collegiate Equestrian Association announced Monday.
“As coaches, we are very proud of all of our athletes that were selected in such an elite group,” Auburn head coach Greg Williams said. “I know each girl has to feel good to get this type of recognition for her hard work.”
Freshman Hunt Seat rider Elizabeth Benson was named a First Team All-American for equitation over fences, while senior Western rider Indy Roper was named to the First Team for reining.
Benson is currently 8-2 on the season over fences and scored below an 80 just once in 10 meets. She has a 12.5 margin of victory with an average score of 80.58, and she leads the team in Most Outstanding Player awards with four.
Roper is a six-time MOP award winner in reining, and is 10-3-1 on the season. She was named SEC Championship Most Valuable Player for reining, and she was undefeated in SEC regular-season competitions. Roper holds a team-high average of 71 and has twice been named SEC Rider of the Month for reining this season. She was also named NCEA Reining Rider of the Month for October.
Junior Western rider Stephanie Rucci was named a Second Team All-American for horsemanship. Rucci is 8-3-2 on the season with two MOP awards and a 13.63 margin of victory.
Junior Hunt Seat riders Jennifer Waxman (equitation over fences) and Christina Lin (equitation on the flat) were honored as NCEA Honorable Mention All-Americans.
Waxman is 10-3 on the season and has the second-highest average score on the team at 81.07. She has earned two MOP awards and carries a team-high 15.7 margin of victory. Lin is 9-4 on the season on the flat has the second-highest average score on the team at 77.53. She has a 9.67 margin of victory and one MOP award.
Auburn returns to action at the NCEA National Championships will be held April 18-20 at the Extraco Events Center in Waco, Texas. It marks the seventh consecutive year that Baylor, the City of Waco and McLennan County have hosted the national championship. Fans can follow all the action from Waco on the NCEA’s live stream, available at www.collegiateequestrian.com
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