K-State Advances Past SMU at NCEAs


WACO, Texas- The No. 9 K-State equestrian team rallied in the first round of the NCEA National Championship to defeat SMU, 10-5, at the Extraco Events Center.

Noteworthy

  • Kansas State is now 9-8 on the season.
  • The Wildcats secured the victory in both disciplines against the Mustangs winning in Hunt Seat, 6-2, and in Western, 4-3.
  • This is the second year in a row the Wildcats have retaliated late in the day to advance themselves to the quarterfinals.
  • Last season, the Wildcats defeated a tough Texas A&M team in a 8-7 decision in the first round.

Reining

  • The Wildcats dropped the opening discipline, Reining, with SMU securing a 2-1 win.
  • Junior powerhouse Kara Guy won the only point in the discipline today and is now 9-6-1 this season as she claimed a title against SMU's Courtney Line, 141.5-136. 

Equitation on the Flat

  • The final decision came down to the concluding rides in the Flat, as K-State tied SMU, 2-2.
  • Sophomore Henley Adkins started the second half of the discipline off strong with a carded score of 156 to cruise past SMU's Emma Roberts, 156-144.
  • Sophomore Taylor Schmidt then secured the point against SMU's Leina King by a score of 157-134 and is now 19-14-1 as a Wildcat, with three Most Outstanding Performer (MOP) honors. 

Horsemanship

  • The Wildcats notched the victory in Horsemanship in a 3-1 decision.
  • Junior captain Danielle Kemper rode past SMU's, Morgan Redwine, 147-131.5.
  • Freshman Kirsten Chamberland carded a score of 144.5 to defeat the Mustangs Hannah McCain, 144.5-141.5.
  • Chamberland is now 7-4 in her debut season as a Wildcat.
  • Sophomore Alyssa Lombardi picked up her seventh season triumph gaining a point for the Wildcats in the discipline against SMU's Courtney Line, 147-143. 

Equitation over Fences

  • With the win on the line going into Equitation over Fences, K-State took matters into their own hands as they had a shut out of 4-0 over SMU. 
  • Freshman Molly Dunn laid claim to a win, as she rode past SMU's Alex Butterworth in a 159-153 victory.
  •  Sophomore Alexis Graves kept her winning streak in tact as she defeated Emma Roberts, 170-155.
  • Schmidt fed off of Graves's point as she grasped her own point by a 163-157 decision against SMU's Schaefer Raposa.
  • Adkins then secured the point against Sylvia DeToledo by a score of 160-156 and is currently 19-15 as a Wildcat this season. 

Quotes
K-State Head Coach Casie Maxwell

  • " The team rode really strong today across the board and that depth is required to move us forward at the National Championship. It was great to see them trust in their preparations and go ride with great confidence. We are looking forward to watching them build off of today's great start as they take on Georgia tomorrow."

K-State Assistant Head Coach Anna Becker

  •  "I think today was awesome. I think as a whole team we stepped forward and capitalized on the mistakes that were made at Big 12's and the things that we needed to work on. SMU historically has a strong team in Hunt Seat and Western has been pretty successful this year as well. We knew going in that it was going to be a battle and we were not going to take it lightly. I think we came together as a team very well." 

Coming up Next
The win today now sets up a showdown on Friday with No. 1 Georgia in the quarterfinals of the 2015 NCEA Championships. The Wildcats and Bulldogs met earlier this season, with Georgia winning, 14-4.