A&M equestrians advanced past day one of NCEA title

A&M equestrians advanced past day one of NCEA title
Posted at 9:41 PM, Apr 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-18 22:41:23-04

The Texas A&M equestrian team won all three of its meets in the event championships Wednesday on day one of the NCEA Championships at the Extraco Events Center.

Reining began the day with 3-1 victory over Fresno State, before the Aggies topped Sweet Briar, 3-1, in Equitation on the Flat. Horsemanship closed out the day with a 4-0 triumph over West Texas A&M.

Kaylee McCann started off Reining with a 140-138 victory over Taylor Dixon, as Darby Gardner defeated Paige Barton, 138-136. Ashton Dunkel earned a 137, bettering Kara Gustafson’s 135.

In Flat, Rebekah Chenelle earned the first point with a 146-127 victory over Emily Scholosberg. Alex Desdierio followed suit by defeating Lily Peterson, 157-151. Brianna Peddicord scored a 163, the highest total of the meet, toppling Katie Balding’s 144.

Both the Reining and Flat squads square off against SMU in the quarterfinals Friday with action beginning at 8:35 a.m.

Bailey Cook kicked off Horsemanship with a 145-141.5 victory over Catherine Johnson prior to Sarah Orsak defeating Rayleigh Rowel, 144.5-136. Alex Albright topped Maggie Murphy, 149.5-135, before Avery Ellis closed out the event with a 148-140 win against Kendall Woellmer. Texas A&M faces Baylor in the quarterfinals Friday at 3 p.m.

The top-seeded Equitation Over Fences team received a first-round bye and faces UT Martin Friday at  8:35 a.m.

The fourth-seeded Aggies begin the team championship Thursday at 8:35 a.m. against No. 5 SMU.