No. 9 TCU Set for NCEA National Championships
April 16, 2014
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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