Horned Frogs Upset Bid Falls Short To No. 1 Georgia
March 9, 2012
HUDSON OAKS, Texas - No. 10 TCU tried everything Friday to derail No. 1 Georgia, dropping the Lady Bulldogs in Hunt Seat, but came up short in the final point total, falling at October Hill Farm, 9-8.
Simply put, the Horned Frogs crushed UGA in Hunt Seat, claiming a 5-2 decision, while also outscoring the Bulldogs, 739-659. The Frogs also swept MVP honors in the discipline as both Caitlin Ader and Haley Jacobi earned the prestigious accolade.
"I am so proud of the girls today," said head Hunt Seat coach Logan Fiorentino. "They really competed well against a good Georgia team and did a great job all the way around. I'm very happy for the seniors that they were able to close out their careers at home with a win on the Hunt Seat side. We have a couple of weeks before nationals, so we just have to continue to practice the way we have been and we will be in great shape."
With the loss, TCU moved to 4-10 on the year, while Georgia improved to 12-1 and kept its 12-meet winning streak in tact ever so slightly. Overall, the Horned Frogs Hunt Seat program kept to its winning ways Friday, moving their season record to 6-5-2.
In Equitation on the Flat, Ader led the way for the Frogs, scoring a 75-73 victory over Carly Anthony. With the win, Ader not only claimed her second MVP honor of the season, but also moved her season record to 6-4-0 on the year. Anthony came into Friday's showdown having earned 17 victories in Hunt Seat action. Jacobi earned the other point for TCU in the event with a 70-63 decision over Megan Southam. In all, the Frogs posted battled to three draws on the Flat as Callie Selchau, Kaitlin Perry and Demi Stiegler all tied their opponents, respectively.
Jacobi, a junior from Arizona, continued her winning ways in Equitation over Fences, defeating Isabel Jolicoeur. With the win, Jacobi moved to 8-5-0 and recorded her first MVP on the season in Fences. Senior Victoria Lee closed out her home career in style with a 79-77 victory over Kylee Arbuckle. Stiegler sealed the victory for TCU in the event with a one-point win over Olivia Dorey.
On the Western side, the Frogs won in overall point totals Friday, scoring a 690-630 victory, but couldn't outduel UGA, loosing 7-3 at October Hill Farm. Individually, Kolby Simonson earned yet another MVP accolade in Reining.
Simonson, a Colorado native, posted her third MVP of the season and seventh victory by dismantling Kelly Truesdell, 69.5-66.5. Katelyn Gray recorded the only other point for the Frogs in the event, scoring a 69.5 over Becca Haaland. Alexi Child appeared to have scored a point for the Purple and White, but came up short to McKenzie Lantz, falling by a final score of 69.5-69.
Finally, freshman Samantha Bayer posted a 75.5 in Horsemanship to upend Sara Parr. In the event, the Frogs scored a total of 357, while Georgia was only able to record 291 points.
TCU will next be in action at the 2012 Varsity Equestrian National Championships in Waco, beginning on April 12.