No. 9 TCU Set for NCEA National Championships

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April 16, 2014

CHAMPIONSHIP CENTRAL


FORT WORTH, Texas - No. 9 TCU heads to Waco this week for the 2014 NCEA National Championships, which will begin on Thursday at the Extraco Events Center.

"We are very excited about competing at the NCEA Championships," said TCU Director of Equestrian Haley Schoolfield. "We can't wait to watch the girls compete, especially since they have had so much dedication and discipline in their preparation."

The Horned Frogs, who went 6-6 overall during the regular-season, will battle No. 8 seeded Fresno State, beginning Thursday at 8:45 a.m. The winner of the opening-round meet will face No. 1 seed South Carolina, who recently claimed the SEC Championship.

This is the eighth-straight year in which the Frogs have been invited to nationals, which will open on Thursday, April 17 and run through Saturday, April 19. 

All-Time Series
TCU and Fresno State will meet for the 13th-time in program history, including the third time in postseason play. The Bulldogs currently lead the all-time series, 7-5, but the Purple and White claimed a 14-6 victory over FSU last February. In all, TCU has won three out of the last five against Fresno State and is 1-1 all-time against the Bulldogs at nationals, having most recently scored a 6-1 victory at the 2011 Varsity Equestrian National Championships.

Follow Live
Fans not able to attend the NCEA Championships can follow the action live by logging onto www.gofrogs.com. Following each day in Waco, a full recap and final results will be posted daily. During the meets, live results will be made available at the official TCU equestrian twitter page. Fans are encouraged to follow @TCUWEquestrian.

A live webcast will also be made available during competition by clicking on the live video link on the right side of the schedule page on GoFrogs.com. 

National Championship History
When TCU begins competition on Thursday in Waco, the Frogs will carry a storied history into nationals. In 2008, the Purple and White captured the Western National Championship. They followed in 2009 earning Reserve Western National Championship accolades, falling to Texas A&M in the finals. 

In 2010, the squad made program history, wrapping up competition in fourth-place in the final team standings at the 2010 Varsity Equestrian National Championships. The fourth-place finish is the highest placing for a Horned Frog squad at nationals.

Two years ago, the Horned Frogs took home sixth-place honors overall in Western to mark the program's highest finish since placing fifth overall in 2010. In all, the Frogs defeated No. 6 Kansas State and No. 7 Baylor en route to their sixth-place finish at nationals and were the only double-digit seed to advance to the final day of competition in Waco. 

Child Honored For Work In Classroom
Junior Alexi Child was honored as the 2014 Big 12 Equestrian Scholar-Athlete of the Year, the league office announced Tuesday afternoon. By earning Big 12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year, Child became the second-straight TCU student-athlete to claim the prestigious honor, joining former Frog great Haley Jacobi who earned co-honors a year ago. 

Child is a two-time NCEA All-America and Academic All-Big 12 first team honoree. The Oregon native, who was also recently named a 2014 NCEA Elite Student-Athlete Award nominee, holds a 4.00 GPA in movement science.

She closed out the regular-season, going 9-3 overall in Reining with 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.

Boyle Claims Monthly Accolade
TCU freshman Brooke Boyle was named Big 12 Reining Rider of the Month for the month of February. Boyle, a California native, went undefeated during the month of March, while also gathering one MOP. Overall, she went 3-0-1 during the month, including 2-0-1 against conference foes. Boyle opened the Big 12 Championship defeating Baylor 143.5-142.5 and then battled to a draw in the Horned Frogs' second round matchup against K-State.

TCU Brings Home Hardware
Student-athletes Caitlin Ader and Chantz Stewart were also awarded following the Big 12 Championship with all-conference accolades.

Ader, a senior from Florida, claimed All-Big 12 recognition in both Equitation on the Flat and Equitation over Fences. By doing so, she not only became the first student-athlete in program history to earn all-conference honors in both, but also only the second student-athlete to claim recognition on the Flat. For the year, Ader produced 12 victories between the two disciplines with two MOP accolades. She also went 5-4-1 in conference action combined during the regular-season.

Stewart earned her first all-conference accolade in Reining following competition in Waco. Throughout the year, the Arizona native scored MOP accolades in contests against Baylor and Oklahoma State, respectively. During the year, Stewart went 4-2 in league play in Reining, while also collecting three MOP accolades overall in the discipline. The Horned Frogs have now had three student-athletes earn all-conference recognition in Reining as Stewart joined fellow teammate Alexi Child and former Frog Kolby Simonson who were honored a year ago.

A Look Back At The Big 12 Championship
TCU Director of Equestrian Haley Schoolfield was honored as the 2014 Big 12 Coach of the Year following competition at the Big 12 Championship in Waco. Schoolfield led the Horned Frogs to a 3-3 conference mark this season, garnering victories over Baylor, Kansas State and Oklahoma State. By being honored, Schoolfield became the first TCU head coach to receive Coach of the Year accolades in the Big 12 Conference.

Also in Waco, freshman Rylee Morgan was named the Big 12 Championship Most Outstanding Performer in Horsemanship. The Utah native went 2-0 over the weekend in the discipline.

Scouting TCU
TCU comes into Thursday's meet looking to move to 7-8 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.

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 9-3-3. Finally, Alexi Child will try and better her mark of 10-4-0 this Thursday against Fresno State.

In Horsemanship, junior Calli Rouse has led the way, capturing seven wins and three MOP honors, while freshman Rylee Morgan, who has won five out of her last seven, brings a 6-3-0 mark in Horsemanship into Thursday's competition.

Several student-athletes have also stepped up on the Hunt Seat side as the Frogs head into Thursday. Nicole Diamantis has excelled in Equitation on the Flat, going 8-6-0 overall, while Molly Peddicord has posted six victories in the discipline.

In Equitation over Fences, senior Caitlin Ader went 1-1 at the Big 12 Championship and is 6-3-1 overall. Peddicord has also shined in Fences, going 8-5-1 overall.

Scouting Fresno State
Fresno State comes into this weekend, boasting the No. 8 seed after placing third overall at the Independent Championships. FSU went 1-1 at the championship after defeating Delaware State, 14-1. The Bulldogs, who have won three out of their last four, have been led by freshman Taylor Brown, who recently earned NCEA First Team All-America accolades in Reining after a successful first season at Fresno State.


 

 


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