Frogs Fall to No. 5 Aggies in NCEA Semifinal

April 15, 2017

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WACO, Texas -- The No. 9 seed TCU equestrian team fell Saturday in the semifinals of the NCEA National Championship to No. 5 Texas A&M, 16-0.

This is the second-straight semifinal appearance for the Frogs, and is the second best finish in program history.

The Rundown
The meet against the No. 5 seed Texas A&M Aggies started with Equitation over Fences and Reining competing simultaneously.

In Fences, the Frogs fell 4-0 to the Aggies. Jayme Omand went up against Alex Desiderio's 175-point ride on Bo and it seemed she might be granted a reride but no such luck.

In Reining, the Frogs had a close ride from senior Brooke Boyle and Sarah McEntire on Bueno, but Texas A&M came out on top by half a point. The Frogs had scores that were a few points off in all four rides, but the Frogs came up short with the Aggies posting a 4-0 decision in the arena.

Back in the Hunt Seat arena, the Purple and White met for Equitation on the Flat, headed up by senior Molly Peddicord. All four riders had good rides, but couldn't come out on top of the Aggies, falling 4-0, making the overall score 12-0 as Horsemanship was taking place in the Western arena.

Senior Rylee Morgan started Horsemanship off on Reggie, scoring herself a 148.5-point ride, but Sarah Orsak topped that by two points to win her point for A&M. It seemed Megan McMullen won her point against Kaci Fisher, but fell by half a point to the Aggie, 147.5-147 on Allen. The Frogs also went 4-0 in Horsemanship, bringing the overall score to 16.

Hancock Honored
Senior Hunt Seat rider Kari Hancock was honored before the start of the championship round of the NCEA National Championship for her outstanding academic performance.

Hancock was named Elite Equestrian, the rider who had the highest GPA out of all the student-athletes in the semifinals of the Championship.



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