No. 8 TCU Battles No. 4 Kansas State Saturday

Callie Selchau

March 1, 2013

FORT WORTH, Texas – No. 8 TCU will close its home schedule this weekend with meets against No. 4 Kansas State and No. 2 Auburn at Turning Point Ranch on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.

“I look forward to Kansas State and Auburn coming to visit us this weekend,” said Hunt Seat head coach Logan Fiorentino. “Kansas State is a great team and we will have to be ready to go. The team has been practicing really well this week and I know they are hungry for this win.”

“Auburn’s Hunt Seat team ranks as one of the top in the country this season and I know that the girls are motivated to finish the home schedule strong,” said Fiorentino.  “It will be a great opportunity to challenge ourselves as we look ahead to Big 12’s and nationals.  The team has been working so hard this season and they want to send the seniors out with a win on Sunday.”

The Horned Frogs, who are 5-4 on the season and 2-3 in conference action, will begin action Saturday at 11:00 a.m., while Sunday’s showdown will take place at approximately 10:00 a.m. CT in Springtown.                         

"We are ready to host our last home meets of the season against K-State and Auburn,” said Western head coach Kindel Walter.  “We have had a great season so far and look forward to finishing these home meets on top." 

TCU is coming off an 11-8 setback to No. 3 Oklahoma State last weekend. Against the Cowgirls, the Frogs fell for the first time at home this season and dropped only their third loss in 15 home games since the 2010 season.

The Final Stand
Sunday’s meet against Auburn will mark the final home game for 11 seniors. In all, this senior class has been a part of postseason competition ever year they have been on campus, while garnering victories over nationally ranked programs such as Texas A&M, Baylor, Georgia, South Carolina and several others during their time in Fort Worth. They will leave campus ranked in the top-5 of all-time winningest classes in school history.

The senior class includes Victoria Giachino, Haley Jacobi, Molly Jones, Emily Maloof, Callie Selchau, Alicia Turner, Jennifer Whitt, Alexie Estrada, Melinda Peters, Carrie Schimpff and Kolby Simonson.

Follow The Horned Frogs
A full recap and final results will be available following both days of competition on During both meets, live results will be made available at the official TCU equestrian twitter page. Fans are encouraged to follow @TCUWEquestrian.

Breaking Down The All-Time Series
TCU and K-State will battle this Saturday for the eighth time in program history. The Wildcats currently lead the series at 4-3 after defeating the Frogs earlier this year, 9-7, in Manhattan.

On Sunday, the Purple and White will take on Auburn for the first time this season and ninth time overall. TCU has won two meetings in the all-time series, with its last victory coming during the 2010 season.

The Last Time
In November, No. 7 TCU earned its first Big 12 victory in Stillwater, defeating No. 6 Oklahoma State at the OSU Equine Center, 10-9. The Horned Frogs simply dominated the Cowgirls, outscoring them, 1,522-1,454.5. On the day, TCU captured three Most Outstanding Player accolades, while the Frogs also posted a 5-4 victory in Western. In all, Alexie Estrada, Caitlin Ader and Demi Stiegler all picked up MOP honors.

Home Sweet Home
TCU is currently 4-1 this season at Turning Point Ranch, having defeated Baylor and Fresno State during the spring season. In all, the Horned Frogs are 12-3 at home since the beginning of the 2010 season. The only losses during that stretch came against Georgia and Oklahoma State last weekend.

Scouting TCU
TCU comes into Saturday's contest looking for its sixth win of the season and third victory in four games. The Horned Frogs are currently No. 8 in the national polls and are 5-4 on the season overall and 2-3 in league play.

The Frogs are 6-2 in Western, while Hunt Seat squad has posted a 5-3 mark heading into this weekend. Several individuals have scored impressive victories during the 2012-13 campaign.

On the Western side, Kolby Simonson and Alexie Estrada will look to go to garner their sixth win on the season this Saturday in Reining and Horsemanship, respectively. Both have three victories on the season against Big 12 competition. Against Oklahoma State, Katelyn Gray tallied a point for the Horned Frogs, upending Jenna Blumer, 73-71. The Colorado native improved to 6-2 overall and 5-2 in conference play. 

Several student-athletes have also shined on the Hunt Seat side as the Frogs head into this Saturday’s match-up against K-State. Demi Stiegler is coming off anther MOP honor in Equitation on the Flat against Oklahoma State, while Kaitlin Perry, is 5-3 overall in Fences this season. On the Flat, Stiegler comes into this weekend with a 7-1 mark, while Caitlin Ader will look to improve to 5-2-1 on the year.

Scouting K-State
No. 4 Kansas State comes into this weekend with a 7-3 mark overall and 2-1 mark in conference action. The Wildcats will head to Baylor Friday before traveling to Springtown.

Kansas State is coming off a 7-5 setback to No. 2 Auburn on Feb. 2. The Wildcats were led by Meredith Finch and Kelly Bovaird who both picked up Most Outstanding Performer honors in the outing.

Scouting Auburn
No. 2 Auburn will travel to Springtown boasting an 8-1 record, which includes a 4-1 mark in SEC play. The Tigers are coming off a 12-8 win at No. 1 Georgia and will play meets against Texas A&M, Baylor and TCU this weekend.

In the last two outings, Elizabeth Benson has been awarded Most Outstanding Player accolades in Equitation over Fences against Delaware State and Georgia, respectively, while Stephanie Rucci garnered MOP accolades against Georgia in Horsemanship. 

Last Time Out
No. 8 TCU claimed a 6-4 victory in Hunt Seat last Sunday over No. 3 Oklahoma State, but fell to the Cowgirls at Turning Point Ranch, 11-8.

TCU outscored OSU on the day, 1,601-1,596.5, while claiming one of the four MOP accolades. The Horned Frogs cruised to a comfortable victory in Equitation on the Flat, winning a 4-1 decision. With its 6-4 victory, the Hunt Seat program moved to 5-3 overall and captured its second Big 12 victory of the season.

On the Western side, TCU dropped to 6-2 overall and 4-1 in Big 12 action, falling narrowly to the Cowgirls in Horsemanship, 3-1. 

Up Next
The Horned Frogs will travel to Dover, Del., on Saturday, March 9 to take on Delaware State.



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