K-State Falls to No. 1 Georgia in Quarterfinals


WACO, Texas- With a hard fought comeback against a solid SMU team yesterday in the quarterfinals, the No. 9 K-State equestrian team looked to carry out that momentum into Friday, but fell to No. 1 seed Georgia in a 10-5 decision in the quarterfinals of the 2015 National Collegiate Equestrian Association (NCEA) Championships.

Noteworthy

  • Kansas State finishes the season with a 9-9 record.
  • This is the fourth year in a row that the Wildcats have gone .500 or above in a season.
  • Three of the five points in today's match up came from upperclassmen who were crucial to the success of the team throughout the season: senior captains Madison Wayda and Savannah Smith along with junior Kara Guy.
  • The Wildcats fell shy in both disciplines against the Bulldogs falling in Hunt Seat, 6-2, and in Western, 4-3.

Reining

  • The Wildcats came out aggressive in the opening discipline of Reining with the Wildcats securing a 3-1 win.
  • Both Smith and Guy picked up their 10th wins of the season.
  • Guy started the meet off strong with a carded score of 138 to edge past UGA's Lauren Tieche, 137.
  • Freshman Jessica Johns secured a point against Kyndall Harper by a score of 137.5-126.5, giving the Wildcats a 2-0 lead at the beginning of the day.
  • Smith downed Charley Thiel of UGA, 137-136, and gave the Wildcats a 3-0 lead at the beginning of the day. Smith ended the season with a 10-5-2 record.

Equitation on the Flat

  • The Bulldogs notched the victory with a 3-1 decision.
  • Wayda carded a score of 160 to ride past Georgia's Leylan Gleeson, 158, gaining the only point for Kansas State in the discipline.
  • Wayda ends her Wildcat career with an 18-16-1 record in 2014-15 while picking up one Most Outstanding Performer (MOP) citation.

Horsemanship

  • With the score tied at four entering Horsemanship, Georgia recorded a 3-0 win in the discipline.

 Equitation over Fences

  • K-State battled out the discipline, but fell to UGA, 3-1.
  • An outstanding performer this season, sophomore Henley Adkins clinched the lone point against UGA's Kylee Arbuckle, 170-161.
  • Adkins compiled a 20-16 record in 2014-15 with six Most Outstanding Player (MOP) awards in Hunt Seat. 

Quotes
K-State Head Coach Casie Maxwell

  • " I am proud of how the girls performed today against a very tough Georgia team. They rode well and with a lot of confidence. Multiple scores were very close, reflecting on how tough this meet was all day. When you step back and look at it, only four of our 13 riders have ever competed at the National Championship before. I think they preformed very well in high-pressure situation. They definitely ended their season on a high note."

K-State Assistant Head Coach Anna Becker

  • "I thought today was a very hard fought day until the very end. The girls brought their A game and did not ever let up. We were riding against the reining champions, and we were with them every step of the way. While some of the results did not reflect the rides we had, I think the girls rode with all their hearts and ended the year with a bang."

 2014-15 Year in Review

  • Finished the season 9-9.
  • Two riders named NCEA All-Americans.
  • 14 riders named to NCEA Academic Team.
  • Knocked off the three-time Big 12 champion Oklahoma State in the Big 12 Championship to advance to the championship round where they finished second.
  • Second time the Wildcats headed to the Big 12 Championship round under head coach Casie Maxwell.
  • At the conclusion of the Big 12 Championships, K-State had four riders named with Big 12 Awards, along with Maxwell being named 2015 Big 12 Equestrian co-Coach of the Year.
  • 2015 Big 12 All-Conference Team: sophomores Henley Adkins and Taylor Schmidt in Equitation over Fences, Adkins in Equitation on the Flat, junior captain Danielle Kemper in Horsemanship and junior Kara Guy in Reining.
  • Adkins also was named one of the four 2015 Big 12 Equestrian Riders of the Year. Adkins received her honor in the discipline of Equitation on the Flat.
  • Adkins named September NCEA Rider of the Month in Equitation on the Flat
  • Guy named January Big 12 Rider of the Month in Reining.
  • Adkins and Kemper each earned an accolade for the Wildcats in March with Big 12 Riders of the Month honors. Adkins received her award in Equitation over Fences, while Kemper claimed the Horsemanship award.
  • Finished the regular season undefeated at home.
  • Kansas State has now won 18 consecutive home meets in the last two seasons making their overall record at home, 18-1.
  • The Wildcats ascended to a No. 2 ranking in the National Collegiate Equestrian Association (NCEA) this season, which is the highest ranking in the program's history.
  • 12 riders placed on Academic All-Big 12 Equestrian Team.
  • Senior captain Madison Wayda surpassed her 60th career win.