No. 5 TCU Set for Big 12 Championships
March 27, 2013
FORT WORTH, Texas – No. 5 TCU will begin post-season play Friday against No. 4 Kansas State in the opening round of the 2013 Big 12 Equestrian Championship. Start time is set for 10:00 a.m. from the Animal Science Arena on the campus of Oklahoma State.
“I’m very excited for this team to have the opportunity to compete at the Big 12 Championship this weekend,” said Hunt Seat head coach Logan Fiorentino. “The team has been practicing really well the past two weeks and are ready to compete in post-season. Kansas State is a strong team and we will have to ride well to advance, but I know that this group is ready to do just that.”
The Horned Frogs, who are the No. 2 seed in the tournament, bring an 8-5 overall record into this weekend, including a 3-3 mark in conference play. In all, the winner between TCU and K-State will take on either host school Oklahoma State or Baylor Saturday for the Big 12 Championship, with the two losing sides meeting to determine third and fourth-place honors.
“We are very excited to compete at the Big 12 Championships,” said Western head coach Kindel Walter. “It will be our first appearance and will definitely help us prepare for the NCEA National Championships coming up in April.”
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The Frogs are 10-2 in Western, while the Hunt Seat squad has posted an 8-4 mark heading into this Friday. Several individuals have scored impressive victories during the 2012-13 campaign.
On the Western side, Kolby Simonson and Alexie Estrada will look to garner their ninth victories on the season this Friday in Reining and Horsemanship, respectively. Both had at least four victories on the season against Big 12 competition. Katelyn Gray and Alexi Child have come on as of late, posting records of 8-4-0 and 9-3-0 in Reining, respectively.
Several student-athletes have also shined on the Hunt Seat side as the Frogs head into this Friday's match-up against K-State. Demi Stiegler is 10-1-1 overall with two MOP accolades in Equitation on the Flat, while Kaitlin Perry is 8-4-0 overall in Fences this season. On the Flat, Caitlin Ader will look to improve to 9-3-1 on the year Friday afternoon.
Against the Cowgirls, No. 8 Kansas State downed Oklahoma State, 11-8, at Timbercreek Stables in Manhattan. Sophomore Madison Wayda led the way for the Wildcats, claiming two Most Outstanding Performer (MOP) honors on the day. In all, the Hunt Seat squad defeated OSU, 6-4, while the Western program dropped the Cowgirls by a final score of 5-4.
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Earning first-team accolades were senior's Alexie Estrada, Haley Jacobi, Molly Jones and Melinda Peters. Sophomore duo Alexi Child and Katelyn Gray rounded out the Horned Frogs' first-team recognition. Child was one of five student-athletes in the conference to post a 4.00 grade point average. Picking up second-team accolades were Caitlin Ader (Jr.), Kaitlin Perry (So.), Callie Selchau (Sr.) and Kolby Simonson (Sr.).