March 8, 2014
MANHATTAN, Kan. - No. 9 TCU claimed a 5-4 victory in Hunt Seat Saturday afternoon, but dropped a heartbreaker at Timbercreek Stables, falling to No. 6 Kansas State, 10-9.
The Horned Frogs came within a whisker of snapping K-State's home winning streak, which moved to 11-straight following Saturday. TCU closed out its regular-season with a 6-6 overall record, including a 3-3 mark in league play. With the loss, the Horned Frogs will be the No. 3 seed in the upcoming Big 12 Championship.
"We are proud of our rides today," said Director of Equestrian Haley Schoolfield. "As a team, we had several confident, error free rides, which was our goal. While we would have liked to come away with the win, we know we are heading in the right direction. We are looking forward to preparing for the Big 12 Championship."
TCU made quick work of the Wildcats in Equitation over Fences, dropping Kansas State, 3-1. Sophomore Nicole Diamantis opened the Horned Frogs scoring, upending Shana Barnett, 81-73. Molly Peddicord was also victorious in the discipline, defeating Madison Wayda, 81-71. Taylor Alexander rounded out the TCU notables, downing Henley Adkins. Senior Caitlin Ader appeared to have scored a point for the Frogs, but ended up battling Rachel Webster to a 75-75 draw. Ader closed the regular-season with a 4-1-2 record, while Peddicord improved to 7-4-1 overall.
In Equitation on the Flat, Diamantis continued her winning ways, moving to 2-0 on the day with a 79-71 victory over Webster. Kari Hancock was the only other Frog to record a win in the discipline, dropping Wayda, 70-65.
On the Western side, TCU, who bettered the Wildcats in raw score, 698.5-692.5, fought till the very end, but dropped a 6-4 decision.
In Horsemanship, junior Calli Rouse and freshman Megan McMullen both claimed victories, defeating Amelia Crites and Chayna DeNicolo, respectively. With the win, Rouse posted her seventh win of the season.
Junior Alexi Child improved her season record to 8-3-0 overall in Reining Saturday after defeating Emily Stockford, 70.5-66.5. Brooke Boyle was the only other TCU standout to record a victory, downing Jesse Johnson, 68.5-68.
The Horned Frogs will open postseason play on Friday, March 28 at the Big 12 Championship in Waco.