Western Squad Moves on to National Semifinal
WACO, Texas - The Kansas State equestrian Western squad is now one win away from riding for a National Championship as it moved on to the semifinals at the Varsity Equestrian National Championship Friday afternoon with an impressive 7-1 rout of Oklahoma State.
The Wildcats entered the contest as the No. 6 seed in the Western bracket and were able to upset the No. 3 seeded Cowgirls in their second round matchup to continue their quest for a National Championship.
K-State started the competition by sweeping OSU in the Reining discipline, 4-0. Senior Tara Hallan picked up her team-high 13th win of the season after narrowly edging the Cowgirls' Caroline Daniels, 131.5-131. Fellow senior Kaylee Stout picked up her 10th win on the year by defeating Rachell Shobe, 137-132, marking the second straight season she has posted at least 10 wins. Senior Morgan Campbell also picked up a point on the contest, taking down Leah Kuehn, 137-134. Junior Alecia Zimbleman rounded out the sweep for the Wildcats, riding past Christy McElreath 135.5-129.
The Wildcats continued their success in the Horsemanship arena, riding to a 3-1 victory in the discipline to shut the door on the 7-1 Wildcat victory. Senior team captains Laura Browne and Alyssa Freeman were both able to ride to victory, earning their eighth and 11th wins on the season respectively. Fellow senior Mikaela Sundgren picked up the remaining K-State point defeating Suzanne Randolph by a 144-140 margin to close out the win.
The No. 10 seed K-State Hunter Seat squad did not fare as well in its second round matchup with second-seeded Auburn. The Wildcats fell by a 7-1 margin to the Tigers with the lone K-State point coming from freshman Kristen Rheinlander, who rode past Auburn's Anna Schierholz, 153-123.
Both squads continued action late into the evening Friday night, but results were not available at press time. The Western squad is taking on No. 10 seed South Carolina with a spot in the National Championship contest on the line, while the Hunter Seat squad is taking on the No. 6 seed Oklahoma State for a spot in the fifth-place matchup. Results will be posted on kstatesports.com as they become available.