Sept. 22, 2006
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Baylor's equestrian team opened its season Friday afternoon with an unfortunate loss to South Carolina at the One Wood Farm in Blythewood. The Gamecocks, who were last year's national English champions, defeated the Bears 11-9. South Carolina also tallied all four high-point riders.
According to the new NCAA scoring system, a point is awarded for each individual ride. A student-athlete from South Carolina and a student-athlete from Baylor both ride the same horse and whoever scores higher earns a point. The Western discipline tied 5-5 according to points but Baylor outscored South Carolina 698-629 when looking at the riders' traditional scores, or raw scores. In English, the Gamecocks defeated Baylor 6-4 (801-766).
"For a young team to be riding in a tough show so early in the season, our riders showed great talent. There is nowhere to go from here but up. And South Carolina is a solid team and they rode their seniors who have been showing for years. In this setting against this team, I'm proud of our riders for showing great talent. We're excited," said assistant coach Trista Armstrong.
In the Western discipline, Baylor defeated the Gamecocks 698-629 in the raw scores (tied 5-5 in points). Ashleigh Brown and Allison Orosz tallied Horsemanship points while Brown, Madelyn Mooney, and Amanda Graber earned Reining points. Graber, Orosz, and Beth Banister all scored 72 points on their rides, the highest of Baylor Western scores. Additionally, Mooney defeated USC's Jamie Diamond by a solid four points.
The English team was outscored 4-1 (801-766) in Equitation on the Flat as Nicole Brown was the only Bear to pick up a point as she bested Sarah Lowe 73-65, an outstanding eight point victory. The Equitation over Fences rides earned Baylor three more points from Susie Foster, Analisa Muti, and Mary Smitson, who won by six points over Megan Massaro. The Bears' Flat high-point rider was Cara Wilson with 89 and the Fences high-point rider was Brown with 94.
Overall for the Bears, freshman riders accounted for four of the team's total nine points while junior co-captain Ashley Brown was the only Bear to record two points.
The head-to-head loss is Baylor's second to South Carolina in as many years.
Full show results are available in the .pdf attachment at the top of the page.
Baylor's equestrian team is now 1-0 in Western, 0-1 in English, and 0-1 overall.
The Bears look to rebound on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 23-24, at Georgia's Bulldog Invitational at the Animal Science Arena in Athens, Ga. Baylor will take on Georgia, Kansas State, and a team comprised of individual's from each of the aforementioned school. The tournament will begin Saturday morning at 8:00 a.m.
Baylor's results from the Georgia tournament will be posted at www.baylorbears.com upon each day's completion.