Nov. 29, 2011
AUBURN - The Auburn equestrian team, having recently completed its fall portion of the schedule, is now 6-1 and still No. 1 overall in the nation.
The Tigers opened up the fall with a convincing 13-5 win on the road against UT-Martin. Auburn would then go on to sweep a three-meet home stand defeating TCU, 14-6, winning a 10-10 tiebreaker against South Carolina and earning a win against Kansas State, 12-6.
Auburn traveled to Brookings, S.D., for the first time in the program’s history to compete against both South Dakota State and Delaware State, beating the Jack Rabbits, 11-5, and the Hornets, 13-3. The team’s first loss came in the last meet of the fall against Georgia, 10-8.
Senior Maggie McAlary, with a 10-1 record and four MVPs, is off to a great start and looking to build off of last season in which she was a double All-American in Equitation on the Flat and Equitation Over Fences. Senior Kristin Hansen is 7-4 with two MVPs, while junior Indy Roper is 7-2 with two MVPs. The sophomores have been impressive, led by Christina Lin who is 8-2 with three MVPs. Stephanie Rucci is 8-5 with three MVPs, Cheyenne Cracraft has a 6-1 record and two MVPs and Jennifer Waxman is sporting a 5-0-1 record with one MVP. Also starting strong are juniors Anna Becker, 6-0, Lindsay Portela, 3-2 with an MVP, Sophomore Quincy Hayes has a 3-3 record with an MVP and freshmen Katsy Leeman is 5-0 with one MVP, Danielle Long has a 2-1 record with an MVP and Katie Buff is 2-3 with an MVP.
Auburn has much to look forward to in the spring. It will host two more home meets against Oklahoma State (Jan. 28) and Georgia (Feb. 18). The Tigers will travel to South Carolina on Feb. 25 and will then travel to yet another place where they have never competed before as they will ride against both New Mexico State and Fresno State in Las Cruces, N.M.
The postseason begins with the Southern Equestrian Championships, which will be held in Athens, Ga., from March 30-31, and the Varsity Equestrian National Championships will take place in Waco, Texas on April 12-14.
Auburn returns to action when it kicks off its spring portion of the schedule on Saturday, Jan. 28, against Oklahoma State at the Auburn University Horse Center.