TCU is currently ranked No. 2 in the NCEA.
Marisa Malevitis is from Wilmette, Ill.
Start time is set for 10:00 a.m. CT in Waco.
Competition inside John Justin Arena will begin at 5:00 p.m. CT.
TCU will open competition against South Dakota State Thursday, April 18.
The TCU Hunt Seat program is led by fourth-year head coach Logan Fiorentino. During her time in Fort Worth, the Hunt Seat program has not only improved inside the show ring, but also in the classroom.
The 2013-14 season was another banner year for the Horned Frogs as the program came within one win of claiming the No. 1 seed in the Big 12 Championship en route to a three-way tie for first-place regular-season finish with a 3-3 conference record. The Frogs had several individuals shine on the Hunt Seat side as Taylor Alexander, Caitlin Ader and Kaitlin Perry all earned NCEA Academic honorees. Ader claimed All-Big 12 recognition in both Equitation on the Flat and Equitation over Fences. By doing so, she not only became the first student-athlete in program history to earn all-conference honors in both, but also only the second student-athlete to claim recognition on the Flat. For the year, Ader produced 12 victories between the two disciplines with two MOP accolades. She also went 5-4-1 in conference action combined during the regular-season.
The 2012-13 season saw the Horned Frogs close the year with a program-best 9-6 overall record, including a 3-3 mark in Big 12 action. The 9-6 record marked the first time in program history that the Frogs' Hunt Seat squad had recorded nine wins in a single-season. TCU claimed the No. 5 seed at nationals, which is the highest pre-tournament seeding in program history for Hunt Seat. Individually, it was another banner year for the Hunt Seat program as sophomore Demi Stiegler garnered Big 12 Equitation on the Flat Rider of the Year accolades en route to becoming the first First-Team All-America honoree in program history. Not to be outdone, Caitlin Ader posted Second-Team All-America honors on the Flat, while senior Haley Jacobi was named Big 12 Co-Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
In her first season coaching at TCU, Fiorentino led the Hunt Seat team to a No. 8 finish, which up until the 2012-13 season was the team's highest ranking going into nationals. After facing the toughest schedule to date, Fiorentino's team posted a 6-6-2 record on the year with victories over No. 1 ranked Georgia and No. 5 ranked Oklahoma State.
Fiorentino's Hunt Seat team earned numerous accolades in 2011-12, which was highlighted by standout freshman Kaitlin Perry's Honorable Mention All-America honors. Perry went 9-3-1 on the season and earned one MVP honor. In the classroom, Haley Jacobi earned First Team Academic All-America honors while Callie Selchau and senior Taylor Frederick earned Academic Honorable Mention honors.
Fiorentino came to Fort Worth following three seasons as an assistant at the University of Georgia where the program captured the overall Varsity Equestrian National Championship twice during her stay. She joined the staff after competing for the Bulldogs from 2004-2007. While at Georgia, Fiorentino coached the Bulldogs to the 2010 Hunt Seat National Championship and 2011 Hunt Seat Reserve National Championship.
Additionally, she helped mentor the 2009 Individual Equitation over Fences National Champion and 2010 Individual Fences Reserve National Champion.
In 2010, Fiorentino assumed head coaching duties for the Bulldogs for three months, while UGA coach Meghan Boenig was on maternity leave. She also was responsible for all recruiting for the Hunt Seat team as well as adding more than 20 horses to the team herd, including the development of younger horses.
Fiorentino graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Georgia in 2006 with a bachelor's of science in sport business. She followed that with a master's degree in sport management in 2007. A member of the United States Equestrian Federation, Fiorentino has been a member of various Varsity Equestrian steering committees since 2008.
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