Equestrian Falls to Top-Seeded Baylor
STILLWATER, Okla. Despite a strong performance from the Western squad, the Kansas State equestrian team, the No. 4 seed, dropped a tightly contested match with top-seeded Baylor in the first round of the Big 12 Championships on Friday.
The Wildcats tied the Bears, 8-8, but were defeated in a tiebreaker, 2146-2109, when calculating both teams’ raw scores. The Hunter Seat squad was upended by Baylor, 5-3, but the Western squad rode past the Bears, 5-3.
Over fences, senior Ashley Collett was the lone winner for the Wildcats as she defeated Kara Fergusson, 141-131. Senior Whitney Snyder led K-State on the flat by upsetting Mary Smitson by a generous margin, 150-132. Snyder also earned MVP honors for her outstanding ride on the flat to up her season record on the flat to 9-3-1 and her overall mark to 18-7-1. Senior Leslie Yates also picked up a win on the flat by defeating Margaret Beaudoin, 134-132.
Two Wildcat riders picked up wins in the horsemanship category as seniors Alyssa Freeman and Jana Lechtenberg rode to victory. Freeman defeated Lindsay Douglas by a large margin, 139.5-0, and Lechtenberg upset Nicole McCoy, 142.5-138.5.
In the reining section, three Wildcat riders rode home with wins. Sophomore Alecia Zimbelman led K-State by defeating Kim Marlowe, 141-126, to improve to 9-4-1 overall for the reining squad. Also picking up wins in the reining category were senior Tara Hallan and junior Kaylee Stout. Hallan defeated MVP award winner Madelyn Mooney, 143-138.5, while Stout upset Katie Buss, 138-136.5.
Kansas State will show for third place on Saturday against Texas A&M, while Oklahoma State and Baylor will go head to head for the championship crown. Oklahoma State defeated Texas A&M on Friday, 9-6. Saturday’s competition is set to begin at 10 a.m.
Complete results from Friday's competition against Baylor are as follows.
Equitation on the flat:
Jenny Giraldin 122 vs Cara Wilson 150
Paige Kovari 0 vs Shelby White 140
Leslie Yates 134 vs Margaret Beaudoin 132
Whitney Snyder 150 vs Nicole Brown 162**
Kendall Marvin 155 vs Kendra Vicary 157
Ashley Collett 141 vs Kara Fergusson 131
Leslie Yates 152 vs Lisa Goldman 170
Jana Lechtenberg 142.5 vs Nicole McCoy 138.5
Laura Browne 143.5 vs Lindsey Tomko 144.5**
Courtney Watters 128 vs Allison Orosz 146.5
Tara Hallan 143 vs Madelyn Mooney 138.5**
Alecia Zimbelman 141 vs Kim Marlowe 126
Morgan Campbell 129.5 vs Amber Mooney 141.5
TIEBREAKER: KSU 2109 - BU 2146
**MVP Award Winners