No. 9 TCU Battles No. 6 Baylor Friday in Waco

Chantz Stewart

March 26, 2014

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FORT WORTH, Texas - No. 9 TCU opens postseason play at the 2014 Big 12 Championship Friday against No. 6 Baylor inside the Willis Family Equestrian Center in Waco.

"We feel confident going into the Big 12 Championship that our team is peaking at just the right time," said Director of Equestrian Haley Schoolfield. "This team is hungry for a championship and is working diligently towards making it happen."

The Horned Frogs, who are 6-6 overall, head into this weekend as the No. 3 seed after finishing the regular-season with a 3-3 conference record. With a victory, the Frogs will play the winner between No. 1 Oklahoma State and No. 4 Kansas State at 10:00 a.m. CT on Saturday in Waco, with the two losing sides meeting to determine third and fourth-place honors. 

"The team is excited to compete at the Big 12 Championship this weekend," said Hunt Seat Head Coach Logan Fiorentino. "The conference championship should really be a great tournament since all of the teams had the same record at the end of the season.  It will be great to compete against solid competition on a neutral ground since every team showed strength at home this season. The girls are motivated and ready for the challenge."

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

The 2014 Big 12 Championship will also be streamed live in its entirety on Live streams of both arenas will be available on Friday and Saturday.

The All-Time Series
TCU will battle the Bears for the 14th time in program history this Friday. The Frogs will look to improve to 8-6 all-time against Baylor after splitting the season series. In its last outing against the Bears, then No. 8 TCU claimed a 3-2 decision in Horsemanship, but dropped a 12-8 outing to Baylor at the Willis Family Equestrian Center. On the day, sophomore Chantz Stewart scored her second MOP accolade of the season in Reining.

Championship History
TCU will look to capture its first win in program history at the Big 12 Championship after dropping both games a year ago against Kansas State and Baylor, respectively. 

Scouting TCU
TCU comes into Friday's meet looking to move to 7-6 overall. The Horned Frogs, who are currently No. 9 in the national polls, will look to record their first win in program history at the Big 12 Championship.

"We are very eager and excited about the Big 12 Championship this weekend," said Western Head Coach Kindel Walter. "Our team has been preparing all year for this great opportunity. We are definitely ready to head down to Waco and take on the challenge of winning our program's first conference title." 

On the Western side, Chantz Stewart has had a great spring campaign, scoring MOP accolades in contests against Baylor and Oklahoma State, respectively. The Arizona native has claimed four victories overall in Reining, while also collecting three MOP accolades in the discipline. Sophomore Shelby St. Hilaire has also stood out this spring and will look to improve to 8-2-3. Finally, Alexi Child will try and better her mark of 9-3-0 this Friday against Baylor.

In Horsemanship, junior Calli Rouse has led the way, capturing seven wins and three MOP honors, while freshman Rylee Morgan, who has won three out of her last five, brings a 4-3-0 mark in Horsemanship into Friday's competition. 

Several student-athletes have also stepped up on the Hunt Seat side as the Frogs head into Saturday. Nicole Diamantis has excelled in Equitation on the Flat, going 7-5-0 overall, while Molly Peddicord has posted five victories in the discipline.

In Equitation over Fences, senior Caitlin Ader has won two-straight and is coming off a 75-75 draw versus K-State's Rachel Webster. She will look to improve to 5-1-2 on the season. Peddicord has also shined in Fences, going 7-4-1 overall.

Scouting Baylor
Baylor heads into postseason boasting an 8-5 overall record, including a 3-3 mark in league play. The Bears closed the regular-season only claiming one victory in their last four outings, with the win coming versus SMU. For the season, Baylor had eight student-athletes named NCEA All-America honorees this week, including junior Samantha Schaefer who is now a two-time First Team NCEA All-America honoree in Equitation on the Flat.

Other notables include Bryn Lindley and Savannah Jenkins who both earned NCEA Riders of the Month honors for their respective disciplines during the month of February. Jenkins was named the Equitation on the Flat Rider of the Month after going 4-0 during the month, while Lindley collected Horsemanship Rider of the Month accolades after compiling a 5-0 record during February with one MOP.

Duo Named All-America Honorees
Junior Alexi Child and sophomore Shelby St. Hilaire earned NCEA All-America Honorable Mention accolades Tuesday in Reining.

With two student-athletes honored Tuesday, the Horned Frogs have now had 12 student-athletes all-time earn All-America recognition by the NCEA. On the Western side, TCU has had nine NCEA All-America honors in program history.

Child, who earned NCEA Second-Team All-America status a year ago, closed out the regular-season, going 9-3 overall in Reining. She also scored two MOP accolades, while earning three conference victories. During the course of the season, Child picked up several honors, including NCEA and Big 12 Rider of the Month. 

St. Hilaire garnered her first NCEA All-America accolade by posting a 7-2-3 overall record in Reining with one MOP honor. The redshirt sophomore also collected three victories in the discipline during league play. 

Horned Frogs Excelling In The Classroom
The TCU equestrian program had six student-athletes named to the 2014 Academic All-Big 12 Equestrian Team this week.

Earning first-team accolades were junior's Alexi Child and Katelyn Gray, while sophomore duo Taylor Alexander and Erin Gillette rounded out the Horned Frogs' first-team recognition. For a second-straight year, Child was one of only three student-athletes in the conference to post a 4.00 grade point average.

Picking up second-team accolades were Caitlin Ader (Sr.) and Kaitlin Perry (Jr.).

Up Next
TCU will next be in action at the 2014 NCEA Championships in Waco, beginning on Thursday, April 17. Brackets for nationals will be released following competition this weekend. 



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