Wildcats Advance to Championship Round

Amelia Crites

March 29, 2013

STILLWATER, Okla.- The No. 4 Kansas State equestrian team continued its late season surge after knocking off No. 5 TCU, 10-5, in the first round of the Big 12 Championship on Friday. The Wildcats will have the chance to win a conference title against No. 3 Oklahoma State on Saturday.

Head coach Casie Maxwell saw her team take another step in the right direction.

“I am very proud of our team for their performances today,” said Maxwell. “They had tremendous energy and confidence and made a great statement. We are in a great place heading into the Championship tomorrow and I just want the girls to put their heart out there and do what they do best.”

The Western team was the highlight for the Wildcats, sweeping both events from the Horned Frogs.

The Horsemanship riders were dominant on the day, winning 4-0. Rachel Wetherell gave the Wildcats the first point of the discipline. Hannah Ribera narrowly edged Calli Rouse, 143-142.5, to give K-State the point. Captain Kelly Bovaird continued the hot streak, carding a 142 and earning a third point. Amelia Crites had the best ride of the day, scoring an event high 148.5 among all riders, and completing the sweep for the Wildcats.

In Reining, K-State looked just as good, once again sweeping another event from TCU, 4-0. Jesse Johnson got things started, besting Samantha Bayer, 138.5-134.5, for the first point. Jordan Cox followed, winning her matchup by a .5 margin, 134.5-134. Savannah Smith gave a strong performance, scoring a 138 and getting her head-to-head win. Captain Sam Etsell wrapped things up, easily winning 140.5-113.

The Hunter seat team had an off day, falling to the Horned Frogs, 5-2.

The Wildcats tied TCU, 2-2, in Equitation Over Fences. Rachel Webster picked up another win, pushing her record to 7-3 in the month of March and 12-3 overall in the discipline on the year. Kali Yates scored the other point for K-State, winning 172-165 over Kaitlin Perry.

Meredith Finch, an All-Big 12 candidate, recorded a 167 in Equitation on the Flat, which was tops amongst all competitors on the day. She now holds a 12-1-2 record this season.

K-State moves one step closer to a Big 12 Championship, and will face the OSU Cowgirls on Saturday. K-State and OSU split both meets this year. Events are set to begin at 10 a.m.

Equitation on the Flat
TCU wins 3-0
Haley Jacobi (TCU) def. Larissa Laffey (KSU), 160-146
Kaitlin Perry (TCU) def. Rachel Webster (KSU), 157-138
Demi Stiegler (TCU) tied Meredith Finch (KSU), 167-167
Caitlin Ader (TCU) def. Madison Wayda (KSU), 163-158

Equitation Over Fences
TCU and KSU tie 2-2
Taylor Alexander (TCU) def. Madison Wayda (KSU), 163-150
Rachel Webster (KSU) def. Demi Steigler (TCU), 168-164
Kali Yates (KSU) def. Kaitlin Perry (TCU), 172-165
Haley Jacobi (TCU) def. Shana Barnett (KSU), 153-148

KSU wins 4-0
Rachel Wetherell (KSU) def. Erin Gillette (TCU), 142.5-139
Hannah Ribera (KSU) def. Calli Rouse (TCU), 143-142.5
Kelly Bovaird (KSU) def. Alexie Estrada (TCU), 142-140
Amelia Crites (KSU) def. Samantha Bayer (TCU), 148.5-140

KSU wins 4-0
Jesse Johnson (KSU) def. Samantha Bayer (TCU), 138.5-134.5
Jordan Cox (KSU) def. Alexi Child (TCU), 134.5-134
Savannah Smith (KSU) def. Kolby Simonson (TCU), 138-133
Sam Etsell (KSU) def. Katie Gray (TCU), 140.5-113