No. 6 TCU Makes History Saturday Night
April 16, 2016
WACO, Texas -- No. 6 TCU's magical run to the NCEA Finals came to a heartbreaking end Saturday night, falling to No. 1 Auburn in the final moments, 8-7.
On a day where the Horned Frogs made NCEA history by becoming the lowest seed ever to advance to the finals under the current format, the Purple and White came within an eyelash of winning the program's first outright team national championship. In the end, the Frogs became the first Big 12 Conference team to compete in the finals against an SEC foe and claimed the program's first National Championship Runner-Up. Following the meet, Megan McMullen was named Most Outstanding Player in Horsemanship. Earning All-Championship team accolades were Molly Peddicord, Nicole Diamantis, Chantz Stewart, Erin Gillette, McMullen and Rylee Morgan.
In Horsemanship, TCU simply dominated the Tigers to the tune of 3-1. Erin Gillette stole the show Saturday night, riding Fred to a score of 155.5 to defeat Lauren Diaz's 149. Rylee Morgan and Megan McMullen also scored points for the Frogs, dropping Griffin Knight and Hannah Stephens, respectively.
On the Hunt Seat side, Auburn posted a 6-2 victory in the discipline, but was pushed throughout as the Purple and White battled the Tigers to a 2-2 draw in Equitation over Fences. Junior All-American Molly Peddicord continued her winning ways Saturday, riding Batman to a 167-155 victory over Elizabeth Benson. Carley Barnett scored the other point for the Purple and White by dropping Hayley Iannotti, 168-165.
TCU couldn't solve the Tigers in Equitation on the Flat as Auburn swept the Frogs, 4-0. Nicole Diamantis appeared to give TCU a point in the discipline, but just dropped a setback to Benson.
The Horned Frogs advanced to the finals by drilling No. 2 Georgia Saturday morning, 10-5. TCU outscored the Bulldogs, 2,376.5-1,972.0. Simply put, UGA was no match for the upset minded Frogs as the Purple and White stole the show in Western, dropping Georgia, 6-1.
TCU swept Horsemanship as Marah Huston tallied a 151-149.5 win over Bailey Anderson. Morgan, Gillette and McMullen scored the other three points for the Purple and White. Morgan dropped Rachel Kolb, while Gillette totaled an impressive 161 to defeat Heather Schmidt. Not to be out done, McMullen rode Thor to a 157 to down Graysen Stroud.
In Reining, Morris helped the Frogs claim a 2-1 victory as she recorded a 145-144.5 decision over Kyndall Harper. Stewart was just as impressive, taking down Stroud, 140-138.5. Freshman Hunter De Jane appeared to have scored a point for the Frogs in the event, but battled Lauren Garmon to a 137-137 draw.
The two schools, rode to a 4-4 draw on the Hunt Seat side Saturday morning as both schools swept a discipline. In Equitation over Fences, the Purple and White dropped UGA, 4-0. Peddicord dominated Meg O'Mara to the tune of 153-130, while Barnett was just as impressive, scoring a 163-80 victory over Emma Mandarino. Jayme Omand, an All-American, and Diamantis rounded out the Horned Frog notables, upending Addyson Cord and Liza Finsness, respectively.
Quote of the Meet
"When we made the semifinals we had many parents, teammates and alumni drop what they were doing and drive to Waco to cheer. It was an incredible feeling for coaches and student-athletes alike to feel the support of so many. We tip of our hat to Auburn on the win."
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