Western Squad Claims Sixth-Place At National Championships

Alexie Estrada

April 14, 2012


WACO, Texas - The No. 10 seeded TCU Western squad saw its magical run at the 2012 NCEA National Championships come to an end Saturday as the Horned Frogs fell to No. 4 Auburn inside Extraco Coliseum, 5-3. 

The Horned Frogs, who took home sixth-place honors overall in Western to mark the program's highest finish since placing fifth overall in 2010, battled the Lady Tigers all day long, but ultimately couldn't overcome a 3-1 setback in Reining. The Frogs rallied late in the contest to make the fifth-place dual interesting, battling Auburn to a 2-2 draw in Horsemanship. 

In all, the Horned Frogs defeated No. 6 Kansas State and No. 7 Baylor en route to their sixth-place finish at nationals and were the only double-digit seed to advance to the final day of competition in Waco. 

"We fought hard all week and had a lot of success," said interim Western head coach Kindel Huffman. "I wouldn't want my team to come together at a better time and I am so proud of them. I want thank all the TCU fans for coming to Waco to support us."

Courtney Chown put the finishing touches on one of the most remarkable careers in TCU history, defeating recent All-America honoree Indy Roper, 148.5-142. With the win, the Pilot Point native went 4-0 on the week in Horsemanship and closed her senior season with a 11-6 overall record and two MVP's. Chown wrapped-up her career with a 43-16-1 record in the event, while capturing 16 MVP honors during her four-year stay in Fort Worth. 

Recent Honorable Mention All-America honoree, Alexie Estrada scored the other point for the Frogs in Horsemanship, upending Danielle Long, 145-141. Finally, freshman Samantha Bayer, who coming into Saturday had gone 6-0 at nationals, narrowly fell to Katsy Leeman, 145.5-144. 

Alexi Child scored the lone point for the Frogs in Reining Saturday, scoring a 138-137.5 decision over Cheyenne Cracraft. 

With the loss, TCU closed its 2011-12 season in Western with a 6-11 record, while the Hunt Seat squad, who dropped an opening round contest to Kansas State Friday, ended 6-6-2 overall. 

In all, Baylor captured the Hunt Seat title on Saturday, while Texas A&M won its fourth-straight national title in Western. The Aggies also claimed the overall 2012 NCEA National Championship. 



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