Oct. 24, 2013
Overall Record: 2-0 (0-0, SEC)
Previous Results: Oct. 19 – No. 2 Auburn 15, UT Martin, 5
Upcoming Events: Nov. 9 – No. 2 Auburn vs. No. 3 South Carolina, 10 a.m. (Auburn Horse Center)
ON THE RECORD
Greg Williams on the reining team's sweep of 5 wins vs. UTM
We finally have a happy (western coach) Coach Dorsey. The big goals they had, they hit them and stayed penalty free. Starting last year, the western team started bailing us out of some meets. We are a very balanced team and that’s what we work hard to do, is to make sure (both sides) stay a team.
Griffin Knight – So. – Madisonville, Texas
-- Knight rode her very first double, taking on both horsemanship and reining. And with that earned MOP honors in both disciplines.
-- She posted a score of 72.5 in horsemanship and 69 in reining.
Megan Bifano – So. – Austin, Texas
-- In her first meet of the year, Bifano scored a career-best 88 in equitation over fences.
-- She posted the best Auburn score in the hunt seat competition.
Tory Hoft – Fr. – Raliegh, N.C.
-- In her first meet of the of her college career, she posted a score of 81 and won her head-to-head matchup.
-- She has been away from the team some this year while finishing her juniors season.
NEWS AND NOTES
SCORE BIG: The second-ranked Auburn equestrian team recorded 15 points for the second straight meet, and for the first time in school history. With 20 total available points, Auburn has dominated its first two opponents in Fresno State and UT Martin. Never in the history of the program have the Tigers posted two scores of 15 in the same season.
PERFECT SWEEP: For the first time this season, an Auburn western lineup has swept all five points during a meet. The reining squad of Griffin Knight, Katsy Leeman, Morgan Burns, Hailey Munger and Julianna Cook won all five of their head-to-head matches against UT Martin. The English team accomplished the feat against Fresno State in the opener over fences.
HIGHEST ACADEMIC HONOR: Senior All-American Jennifer Waxman is one of six Auburn students who have been nominated for the Rhodes Scholarship. The Chagrin Falls, Ohio native is a political science major with a minor in Spanish. Of the six nominees, four are Auburn student-athletes. The Rhodes Scholarship gives 32 of the most outstanding young scholars in the country an opportunity to study at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. The scholarship, one of the oldest in the world, aims to nurture public-spirited leaders for the world’s future as it promotes international understanding and peace.
CLIMBING THE CHARTS: There are quite a few current student-athletes making their way up the career wins list in the Auburn equestrian record books. Christina Lin has 28 wins in equitation in the flat in her career, which currently ranks third all-time, but is just three from tying the school record of 31 held by Lindsay Portela. Similarly, senior Jennifer Waxman recorded her 30th victory in fences to bring her within three of the school mark of 33 held by Maggie McAlary. Stephanie Rucci will have a tough push to reach the 34 wins recorded by Indy Roper in horsemanship, but with 25 in her career it is possible. In reining, Cheyenne Cracraft has 22 career victories, which is 12 behind Roper’s 34.