Six Earn NCEA All-America Recognition
April 8, 2013
FORT WORTH, Texas - TCU continued to haul in post-season honors Monday as six student-athletes earned NCEA All-America accolades, including sophomore Demi Stiegler who claimed first-team honors in Equitation on the Flat.
With six student-athletes honored Monday, the Horned Frogs have now had 10 student-athletes all-time earn All-America recognition by the NCEA. On the Hunt Seat side, the Frogs have now had four All-America honorees all-time, while Western has had seven NCEA All-America honors in program history. The six 2013 recipients mark the most All-America awards in a single-season in school history.
By being named NCEA First-Team All-American, Stiegler became the first Horned Frog in program history to claim first-team accolades on the Hunt Seat side. An All-Big 12 honoree, Stiegler was named Big 12 Equitation on the Flat Rider of the Year after compiling an 11-1-2 overall record on the season. The California native, who earned two MOP's, went 5-1 in conference play during the regular season and was the November Big 12 Equitation on the Flat Rider of the Month.
Earning NCEA Second-Team All-America recognition Monday were quartet Caitlin Ader (Flat), Alexie Estrada (Horsemanship), Alexie Child (Reining) and Kolby Simonson (Reining). Rounding out the Frog award winners Monday was sophomore Katelyn Gray who garnered NCEA Honorable Mention All-America honors in Reining.
Ader claimed her first All-America certificate in Equitation on the Flat Monday after going 9-4-1 on the year with three MOP honors. By earning second-team honors, the junior becomes the first Horned Frog in school history to earn NCEA Second-Team All-America recognition in Equitation on the Flat. She also joins Stiegler and teammates Kaitlin Perry and Callie Selchau as only the fourth student-athlete in program history to earn All-American in Hunt Seat.
Estrada became the first two-time All-America recipient in program history Monday after a stellar senior campaign in which she was named Big 12 Co-Horsemanship Rider of the Year. Estrada, who earned NCEA Honorable Mention All-America recognition a year ago, heads to nationals with an 8-4-2 mark overall. She went 5-1-1 in league play this season and was named to the 2013 All Big-12 Team. Finally, the senior was named Big 12 Horsemanship Rider of the Month for the month of November.
Child garnered All-America recognition in Reining for the first time in her career Monday. She went 10-4-0 on the year in Reining with one MOP. The All Big-12 honoree recorded three conference victories on the season.
Simonson closed out her senior season in style, picking up her first All-America honoree in Reining. The Colorado native, who earned All-Big 12 honors this season, was named Big 12 Reining Rider of the Month honors during November, while going 8-5-1 on the year in Reining. Overall, Simonson went 4-1-1 in conference play and earned two MOP accolades during the course of the season in the discipline.
Gray was the third Frog to earn All-America recognition in Reining Monday after going 8-6-0 overall, including 3-3 in league play.
No. 7 TCU will next be in action at the 2013 NCEA National Championships in Waco, which will begin on Thursday, April 18 and run through Saturday, April 20.
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