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Cowgirls Fall in NCEA Semifinals
April 19, 2014
The No. 2 Oklahoma State equestrian team lost to No. 3 Georgia, 8-6, Saturday in the National Collegiate Equestrian Association Championship semifinal at the Extraco Events Center in Waco, Texas.

The day began with the reining and equitation on the flat squads competing at the same time in different arenas. Later in the day, the horsemanship and equitation over fences events were held in the same way.

In reining, the Cowgirls earned three points against the Bulldogs. For the second day in a row, sophomore Justine Peters scored the highest total in her match thanks to her 143-136.5 victory over Charley Thiel. It was her 13th win of the season and fourth-straight. Senior Jenna Blumer and junior Katy Krshka both posted scores of 142 in their wins. The three have combined for 35 wins this season in the discipline. OSU won the reining event, 3-1.

Senior Andrea Robbins picked up a victory for the Cowgirls in the equitation on the flat event after her 148-128 win over Olivia Dorey. It was her sixth win of the season and second in as many days. Georgia won the equitation on the flat event, 3-1.

Senior Sammy Elser tied Kyle Arbuckle at 158, but Georgia won the equitation over fences event, 3-0.

In horsemanship, senior Lindsey McMullen earned a 150-140.5 victory over Heather Schmidt, her 12th win of the season and ninth-straight. Senior Lauren Halvorson defeated Anna Sasser in a close matchup, 148.5-147.5, her 11th win this season. Junior Katy Krshka tied Sara Parr with an impressive score of 153. OSU won the horsemanship event, 2-1.

The Cowgirls defeated SMU 11-5 in the event's quarterfinal round after a first round bye.

In the opening round of the championship, three Big 12 squads advanced. Kansas State knocked off Texas A&M 8-7, TCU defeated Fresno State 11-4 and Baylor bested UT Martin 12-4.

Quarterfinal action saw three Big 12 teams eliminated. TCU fell to South Carolina, K-State lost to Auburn and Baylor was edged by Georgia.

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