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Hunter Seat Advances to NCEA Semis

April 13, 2012
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Courtesy: Texas A&M Athletics
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WACO, Texas-Texas A&M's hunter seat team recorded one of its biggest victories in history on Friday morning, as the seventh-seeded Aggies upset No. 2-seed South Carolina 6-2 in the quarterfinals of the National Collegiate Equestrian Championships at the Extraco Events Center.

The win put A&M (9-7) into the hunter seat semifinals for the second time in three seasons and the third time in program history. The second-seeded Gamecocks also marked the highest-seeded team the Aggie hunter seat squad has ever beaten at NCEAs.

Texas A&M is currently opening competition against No. 3-seed Georgia in the semifinal round. Scoring updates throughout the weekend will be provided on aggieathletics.com and through the Aggies' official twitter feed at @AggieEquestrian. In addition, free live video will be available on collegiateequestrian.com.

Senior Maggie Earle continued her outstanding weekend, opening the scoring with an 11-point win on the flat. After USC tied the score, wins by Haley Buchmiller and Hannah Soibelman pushed the Aggie advantage to 3-1 at the halfway point.

Lia Chafee would tally another A&M victory by claiming the first point over fences, and Earle followed with a 177-point ride that not only set an NCEA school record but clinched the overall team victory. Leah Chenelle then gave the Aggies their final point with a three-point victory.

A&M has won three of five meetings all-time with Georgia in hunter seat, including a 7-5 victory earlier this season in College Station.

Meanwhile on the western side, the top-seeded Aggies are also in the semifinals and are currently facing No. 5-seed South Carolina. In the race for the overall national championship, Texas A&M and Georgia are the only two schools to place both of its teams in the semifinal round, meaning the two schools are likely to finish at the top of the overall standings. The Aggies are seeking their second overall national title, with the first coming in 2002.

(#7) Texas A&M 6, (#2) South Carolina 2

NCEA Championship - Hunter Seat Quarterfinals

Friday, April 13, 2012 - Extraco Events Center - Waco, Texas

Equitation on the Flat (A&M 3, South Carolina 1)

Maggie Earle, A&M def. Kelsey Hart, USC, 151-140

Katherine Schmidt, USC def. Elizabeth Solch, A&M, 154-135

Haley Buchmiller, A&M def. Kimberly McCormack, USC, 157-127

Hannah Soibelman, A&M def. Colvin Hedgepeth, USC, 142-113

Equitation over Fences (A&M 3, South Carolina 1)

Katherine Schmidt, USC def. Kori Pickett, A&M, 166-156

Lia Chafee, A&M def. Amber Henter, USC, 151-137

Maggie Earle, A&M def. Carolyn Curcio, USC, 177-169

Leah Chenelle, A&M def. Kimberly McCormack, USC, 164-161

NCEA HUNTER SEAT CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE/RESULTS

First Round

(#9) Kansas State 5, (#8) TCU 3

(#5) SMU 5, (#12) UT Martin 3

(#11) Oklahoma State 7, (#6) New Mexico State 1

(#7) Texas A&M 6, (#10) Fresno State 2

Quarterfinals

(#1) Auburn 4, (#9) Kansas State 4 (Auburn advances on tiebreaker)

(#4) Baylor 7, (#5) SMU 1

(#3) Georgia 4, (#11) Oklahoma State 4 (UGA advances on tiebreaker)

(#7) Texas A&M 6, (#2) South Carolina 2

Semifinals (Friday, April 13)

(#1) Auburn vs (#4) Baylor

(#7) Texas A&M vs (#3) Georgia

NCEA WESTERN CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE/RESULTS

First Round

(#8) Fresno State 6, (#9) New Mexico State 2

(#5) South Carolina 7, (#12) UT Martin 1

(#6) Kansas State 6, (#11) South Dakota State 2

(#10) TCU 5, (#7) Baylor 3

Quarterfinals

(#1) Texas A&M 8, (#8) Fresno State 0

(#5) South Carolina 5, (#4) Auburn 3

(#3) Georgia 4, (#6) Kansas State 4 (UGA advances on tiebreaker)

(#2) Oklahoma State 5, (#10) TCU 3

Semifinals (Friday, April 13)

(#1) Texas A&M vs (#5) South Carolina

(#2) Oklahoma State vs (#3) Georgia

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