Western Team Advances to Semifinals

Rachel Wetherell

April 19, 2013

WACO, Texas— A dominant performance in the Western arena saw the No. 2 seed Kansas State equestrian team move on in the National Collegiate Equestrian Association (NCEA) championships. K-State was impressive on the day, sweeping No. 7 seed South Dakota State, 8-0, on Friday and setting up a showdown with No. 3 seed Georgia.

Head coach Casie Maxwell saw her team continue to make improvements.

“I am very proud of how our Western team started their championship today,” said Maxwell. “They rode extremely strong and confidently, so we feel really good going into tomorrow. Georgia will be a tough opponent and we will need to be on our A-game to succeed.”

In the first Western event of the day, the Wildcats dispatched of the Jackrabbits, 4-0, in Reining. Sam Etsell scored the first point, defeating Laura Dunlavy, 137.5-135. Jesse Johnson turned in a 140 on her turn, which was enough to best Danielle Baker. The strong rides continued for the Wildcats after Savannah Smith carded a 139.5 and picked up a point for K-State. The Wildcats earned the sweep after Jordan Cox scored a 133.5, topping SDSU's Raivenne Scott, who scored a 127.5.

The Horsemanship side kept things rolling, also picking up a 4-0 sweep of SDSU. Hannah Ribera earned a win in her head-to-head matchup, defeating Shelby Webb, 149.5-139.5. Amelia Crites had an impressive ride, scoring a 143 on her way to a win. Kelly Bovaird gave the Wildcats their third point, tallying a 147.5, which was enough to get past Hillery Baysinger. K-State's day came to an end after Rachel Wetherell gave the Wildcats another sweep, topping Kelsey Champagne, 150-144.5.

With the win, K-State moves on to face Georgia in the semifinal of the NCEA championships. The winner of the matchup will earn a spot in the championship round.

Results and recaps of the NCEA championships will be made available on www.kstatesports.com. Live feed of the event can be seen at www.Varsityequestrian.com.

KSU wins 4-0
Sam Etsell (KSU) def. Laura Dunlavy (SDSU), 137.5-135
Jesse Johnson (KSU) def. Danielle Baker (SDSU), 140-138.7
Savannah Smith (KSU) def. Jana Basler (SDSU), 139.5-136
Jordan Cox (KSU) def. Raivenne Scott (SDSU), 133.5-127.5

KSU wins 4-0
Hannah Ribera (KSU) def. Shelby Webb (SDSU), 149.5-139.5
Amelia Crites (KSU) def. Lexus Hoffman (SDSU), 143-142
Kelly Bovaird (KSU) def. Hillery Baysinger (SDSU), 147.5-145
Rachel Wetherell (KSU) def. Kelsey Champagne (SDSU), 150-144.5