Frogs Ride Into NCEA Championship


April 12, 2017



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FORT WORTH, Texas -- No. 9 seeded TCU equestrian continues its postseason ride with the 2017 NCEA National Championship this week, starting competition on Thursday at the Extraco Events Center in Waco.

The Horned Frogs are 5-10 overall and are coming off a third-place showing at the Big 12 Championship. TCU will face the No. 8 seeded SMU equestrian squad in the first round. The winner of the first round matchup will face No. 1 Baylor on Friday.

National Championship History
This is the 11th-straight year that the Horned Frogs have been invited to nationals, which will start on Thursday, April 13 and run through Saturday, April 15.

Last season, the Horned Frogs made school and NCEA history with their run at the National Championship. The Frogs made NCEA history by becoming the lowest seed ever to advance to the finals under the current format, advancing after defeating No. 2 Georgia, but ultimately falling, 8-7, to No. 1 Auburn in the final moments. The Purple and White earned the program's first National Championship Runner-Up, now the highest placing of the program. Megan McMullen was named Most Outstanding Player in Horsemanship at the conclusion of the meet.

In 2008, the Purple and White won the Western National Championship, and followed up with a Reserve Western National Championship title in 2009, falling to the Texas A&M Aggies in the finals.

In 2010 the Frogs made program history after earning fourth-place in the final team standings at the Varsity Equestrian National Championship (now the NCEA), marking the highest placing at nationals TCU had earned at that point.

The All-Time Series
TCU equestrian has faced long-time foe SMU a total of 12 times, the last being in Springtown on September 23, 2016 with SMU winning by a narrow 9-8 score. The series is still led by the Frogs, 7-5.

Scouting TCU
Senior All-American Kari Hancock is 2-0 in the postseason on the Flat after winning her point for the Frogs by a 27-point margin against Baylor and a 14-point margin against OSU at the Big 12 Championships. She went 5-7 on the season with three MOP accolades under her belt.

Junior All-American Jayme Omand posted a record of 8-3-1 in the regular season and went 2-0 in Waco at the Big 12 Championship. She posted two wins with an 8-point margin win against Baylor and a margin of 26-points against OSU.

Junior Carley Barnett went 2-0 in Fences at the Big 12 Championship, winning by 18 points against Baylor and 24 points against OSU.

On the Western side, there's been significant growth from younger riders, including freshmen Carly Lombard and Josie Mootz. Seniors Megan McMullen, Rylee Morgan, Carley Montemuro and Brooke Boyle have all had solid seasons.

Senior Horsemanship rider Megan McMullen posted a record of 7-5 in the regular season with one MOP, and looks to improve her postseason record after two close losses in the Big 12 Championship.

Rylee Morgan has been prominent in both Western disciplines. She posted an overall record of 3-1 in Waco at the Big 12, winning both her points in Reining. She went 6-5 in the regular season in Horsemanship with three MOPs.

The Four-Legged Athletes
The horses that made the trip down to Waco for the Championship are Western horses Scooby, Bob, Jack, Cash, Flash and Dream. The Hunt Seat horses are Callisto, Mabel, Java, Luna, Tag, Lotus, Lina and Ozzie.

 

 

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