K-State Falls to Auburn in NCEA Quarters

WACO, Texas- With a hard fought battle to a tough DSU team yesterday in the quarterfinals, the No. 8 K-State equestrian team looked to carry that momentum toa victory on Friday, but fell to No. 1 Auburn in a 15-1 decision at the Extraco Events Center. 

Noteworthy
• Kansas State finished the season with a 5-11 record.
• The lone point came from the experienced Horsemanship rider – junior Alyssa Lombardi. 
• The Wildcats dropped both disciplines against the Tigers falling in Hunt Seat, 8-0, and in Western, 7-1. 

Reining
• The Tigers came out aggressive in the opening discipline of Reining with the Wildcats falling short, 4-0. 

Equitation on the Flat
• The Tigers notched the victory today as the Wildcats’ fell short, 4-0.

Horsemanship
• With the score being 8-0 going into Horsemanship, K-State tallied their first point of the day as they dropped a 3-1 decision in Auburn's favor.  
• Lombardi carded a score of 152 to ride past Auburn’s Megan Rauh, 150.5, gaining the only point for Kansas State in the discipline.
• Lombardi ends the season with a 6-10 record and going 2-0 at the NCEA Championships. 

Equitation over Fences
• The final score in Fences Friday was 4-0, as K-State fell to Auburn. 

Quotes
K-State Head Coach Casie Maxwell
• “The team had great energy and confidence today. I was proud of them for not giving up as the day went on, but rather enjoying the opportunity they had today at the National Championship."

2015-16 Year in Review
• Finished the season 5-11.
• Head Coach Casie Maxwell was acknowledged as the 2016 Big 12 Equestrian Coach of the Year.
• Last season, Maxwell shared the honor and is the only head coach in Big 12 Championship history to receive back to-back recognition as Big 12 Equestrian Coach of the Year. 
• Former Kansas State equestrian coach and student-athlete Casey Finnell was named as one of the NCEA Distinguished Alumni. 
13 riders named to NCEA Academic Team    
• Danielle Kemper was named one of the 16 riders to participate in the 2015 American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) Collegiate Horsemanship Challenge
• Lombardi was named October Big 12 Rider of the Month in Horsemanship.
• 13 riders placed on Academic All-Big 12 Equestrian Team
• Seniors Kara Guy, Nicholle Hatton and Danielle Kemper compiled a record of 80-70-10, while picking up 9 MOP at their time as Wildcats.