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Recently in Equestrian Category Features Two Equestrian Signees

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Two new Gamecocks are featured in a recent article on recognizing top exhibitors signing with top collegiate equestrian programs. Check out an excerpt below and read the full article here.

Bailey Mierzejewski chose USC after also contemplating Auburn and Texas A&M. "I know several girls that are currently on the equestrian team at USC, and, they all love both the team and the school," Bailey states. "On my official visit, I felt like I fit right in with everyone. The campus at USC is beautiful, and I was very impressed with the student opportunities. My decision was also highly based on academic programs. I believe that the six year pharmacy program at USC will be perfect for me."

Courtney Allen: "I had my decision narrowed down to two great schools, Baylor University and University of South Carolina. I would have loved to go to either, but South Carolina truly had everything I was looking for," she says. "I felt very fortunate to be recruited by such great programs. I am very excited to be a part of the Gamecock Athletic Program as an equestrian. They offer many things to the athletes that are very beneficial, such as access to tutors and impressive facilities."


All of this week's home events have conference implications. Equestrian will have an SEC Championship for the first time this year, and faces Auburn in their second event of the fall. Women's Soccer hosts two big SEC foes and two big women's initiatives this weekend in Tennessee on Friday (our Kick for the Cure Game to support breast cancer awareness) and Georgia on Sunday (our Title IX Day to spotlight the history of women's soccer.) Men's Soccer will also host a conference match on Sunday, hosting UCF at 3:30 p.m. Football will also take on the Dawgs in a highly anticipated SEC showdown this Saturday. We will host ESPN's College GameDay broadcast from the historic Horseshoe on campus. We will also host the Lowe's Tailgate featuring a free concert by country music artist Billy Currington at 5 p.m. on The Garnet Way in the former Farmer's Market.

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Thursday, October 4, 2012

Equestrian vs. Auburn - 2 p.m.
-    Free Posters

"Carolina Calls" - 7-8 p.m. - Wild Wing Cafe in the Vista
Radio Affiliates

Friday, October 5, 2012

Women's Soccer vs. Tennessee - 7 p.m.
-    Kick for the Cure Game in support of breast cancer awareness
-    Pink Pom Pom giveaway

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Football vs. Georgia - 7 p.m.
-    Game is sold out -- please beware counterfeit tickets. Fans may verify ticket authenticity at the South Carolina ticket office.
-    ESPN's College GameDay broadcasting live from the Horseshoe, 9 a.m. to noon
-    Gamecock Walk - 4:40 p.m.
-    Lowe's Tailgate concert with Billy Currington on the Garnet Way - 5 p.m.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Women's Soccer vs. Georgia - 1 p.m.
-    Free Bojangles gift card to first 100 fans
-    Title IX Day -
We will spotlight the history of South Carolina Women's Soccer, as well as how Title IX affected our players in a positive way
-    Alumni Day - former players and coaches welcomed to the match

Men's Soccer vs. UCF - 3:30 p.m.
-    $1 admission with ticket stub from the football game vs. Georgia
-    Verizon Bandana Giveaway
-    Guard the Yard - Dorm Challenge - The dorm that has the highest percentage of attendees after this season's four C-USA games will receive a grand prize at the end of the season!

Gamecocks on the road...
Men's Golf at Rees Jones Invitational - Monday - Tuesday
Men's Tennis at ITA All-American - Monday - Sunday
Women's Tennis at ITA All-American - Monday - Sunday
Women's Golf at NCAA Fall Preview - Saturday - Sunday
Volleyball at Texas A&M - Friday, 9:30 p.m. ET - TV: SportSouth
Volleyball at LSU - Sunday, 2 p.m. ET


Volleyball returns from a road trip to host two big SEC matches starting with Florida on Friday at 7 p.m. Fans are encouraged to match the team's uniforms and wear white to the match! Volleyball will also host Ole Miss this Sunday at 1:30 on International Fitness Day - the first 100 children will receive a free water bottle to encourage fitness. Men's Soccer will host FIU on Saturday on Youth Soccer Night with several activities for kids. Equestrian hosts their first home event of the year earlier that day taking on Oklahoma State at 1 p.m.


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Thursday, September 27, 2012

"Carolina Calls" - 7-8 p.m. - Wild Wing Cafe in the Vista
Radio Affiliates

Friday, September 28, 2012

Volleyball vs. #13 Florida - 7 p.m.
-    WHITE OUT - everyone is encouraged to wear white to the match!
-    Free Rally Towel and Bandana giveaway

Saturday, September 29, 2012

#4 Equestrian vs. #5 Oklahoma State - 1 p.m.
-   Free admission at One Wood Farm in Blythewood
-   Team posters
-   First home event of the season!

Men's Soccer vs. FIU - 7 p.m.
-    Guard the Yard
The dorm that has the highest percentage of attendees after this season's four C-USA games will receive a grand prize at the end of the season!
-    Boy Scout Night
-    Youth Soccer Night
Cones, drills, and goals available for youth play

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Volleyball vs. Ole Miss - 1:30 p.m.
-    International Fitness Day
First 100 kids (12 and under) will receive a free water bottle in support of International Fitness Day
-    High School Night
-    Post-Match Autograph Session

Gamecocks on the road...  (all times Eastern)

Men's Soccer at SMU - Monday, 8 p.m.
Women's Soccer at Auburn - Friday, 8 p.m.
Cross Country at Charlotte Invitational - Friday, 3:30 p.m.
Men's Tennis at Chattanooga Invitational - Friday-Sunday
Women's Tennis at ITA All-American Championships - Saturday-Thursday
Football at Kentucky - Saturday, 7 p.m. TV: ESPN2
Women's Soccer at Vanderbilt - Sunday, 2 p.m.

Spurs Up Daily Round-Up: 3/6 Gamecock Makes

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Catch up on the day's buzz about the Gamecocks! In today's edition: Equestrian's Kimberly McCormack gets recognition in Sports Illustrated's well-known "Faces in the Crowd" section for amateur athletes, baseball and softball prepare for non-conferences foes tomorrow, Damontre Harris earns SEC All-Defensive Team honors, three Gamecocks earn All-SEC honors in Track & Field, Katerina Popova accepted in top UofSC program, and more!


Women's Basketball: Roy comes alive in three-game spurt (

Baseball: Holbrook: USC not satisfied with good start (

Baseball: Gators, Gamecocks vanquish ACC rivals (ESPN)

Equestrian: Sports Illustrated Faces in the Crowd (
*Kimberly McCormack*


Softball. South Carolina Returns to Palmetto State to Face Coastal

Baseball. South Carolina Hosts UNC Asheville On Wednesday

Men's Basketball. Damontre Harris Selected To SEC All-Defensive Team

Men's Basketball. Cooke Named To 2012 SEC Community Service Team

Women's Soccer. Women's Soccer To Host Fan Appreciation Clinic

Women's Soccer. Sabrina D'Angelo Earns Player of the Match Honors For Canada U-20's

Track & Field. Three Gamecocks Earn All-SEC Track Honors

Track & Field. Gamecock Track Earns Four Entries For 2012 NCAA Indoor Championships

Men's Golf. Gamecocks Tied for Lead After Two Rounds at Palmetto Intercollegiate

Swimming & Diving. Forcucci Qualifies for NCAA Championships


Check your mailbox soon if you're a Gamecock Club member waiting on your calendar!

Follow @GamecocksOnline and @SpursUpBlog on Twitter!


Gamecock Tennis Player Earns Acceptance to International Business Program

Scoreboard: South Carolina Leads Clemson in 2011-12

This Week's Home Events: Softball SEC Opener

SC Students Meet Warren Buffett, Present Gamecock Baseball Jersey

Gamecock Great to be Honored During SEC Tourney First Round Game

Sneak Peek at New Baseball Graphics


Sophomore Damontre Harris learned well from last year's SEC Defensive Player of the Year, Sam Muldrow. Harris was named to the SEC All-Defensive Team today. Check out some of his highlights:


Softball shortstop Samie Garcia has a 19-game hitting streak heading into tomorrow's games at Coastal Carolina, the longest for a Gamecock since 2008. Garcia is hitting .500, including posting a .522 mark during the seven-game stretch from Feb. 28-Mar. 4.

South Carolina Baseball has allowed the lowest amount of stolen bases among all 12 SEC schools with just three bases stolen against seven attempts in the first 10 games.


Today's photos is from Carrie England Lanier (2000) of Atlanta of her daughter, Sylvie Camille. Who doesn't love a smiling and happy baby Gamecock??

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We've got a lot of great submissions so keep them coming! Feel free to send in your photos (any sport/season, either of you or taken by you!) with your name to! A lot of the best photos include some Gamecock gear and 'showing your spurs'! We'd love to share with the rest of Gamecock Nation!

Previous fan photos may be seen here:
Fan Photo of the Day series - 2012
Fan Photo of the Day series - 2011

This Week's Home Events: Seven Sports in Action

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We have a jam-packed week of home events this week with lots of opportunities to cheer on your Gamecocks! Almost every team currently in season is playing at home this week, including the final home game of the season for Women's Basketball. The Gamecocks earned their 20th win of the season Sunday with a road win over Alabama and will look to close out the season strong this week with Senior Day on Sunday vs. Arkansas. Equestrian hosts two competitions this weekend, vs. Auburn on Saturday with their annual Equifest, and Senior Day on Sunday vs. Baylor. Baseball and Softball are both in action as Baseball hosts a three-game weekend series against Elon and Softball hosts the Gamecock Invitational tournament including four contests for Carolina. Both tennis squads are also playing at home, with Women's Tennis facing rival Clemson on Wednesday followed by two more matches on Friday and Sunday and Men's Tennis hosting a doubleheader on Saturday. All of this week's tennis matches are currently scheduled to be played outdoors in the new Carolina Tennis Center.

Parking Reminder: for softball and tennis events we encourage fans to park in the new Athletics Village parking garage off Heyward St. Parking in the garage is free for athletic events. See map

Baseball season parking is still available. Click here for more information.

We look forward to seeing a lot of fans out at all the events - make it a very Gamecock weekend!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

#26 Women's Tennis vs. #17 Clemson - 2:00 p.m.
-Free pizza for the first 100 students
-Official team posters
*The team picked up two wins in California this past weekend and will face three Palmetto State opponents this week.
*Get to know Jaklin Alawi in the Gamecock Spotlight:

Softball vs. Winthrop - 5:00 p.m.
-Play Softball Bingo for a chance to win a prize
-Official team posters
*The Gamecocks recorded an 8-1 victory over the Eagles during the Palmetto Classic on opening weekend.

Friday, February 24, 2012

#26 Women's Tennis vs. College of Charleston - 3:00 p.m.
-Official team posters
*Jaklin Alawi and Dijana Stojic are currently 4-0 this spring at No. 1 doubles.

#2 Baseball vs. Elon - 3:00 p.m.
-Play Baseball Bingo for a chance to win a prize
*South Carolina is ranked second in the nation in college baseball attendance after opening weekend averaged 7,751 fans per game.

Softball vs. Elon - 5:00 p.m.
-Gamecock Invitational
-Play Softball Bingo for a chance to win a prize
-Official team posters

Saturday, February 25, 2012

#48 Men's Tennis vs. Furman - 10:00 a.m.
-First match for the men's team at the Carolina Tennis Center
-Enter to win an autographed team poster
-Official team posters
*Men's Tennis is currently 8-1 and undefeated at home.

#5 Equestrian vs. #1 Auburn - 10:00 a.m.
-Equifest: Activities will include decorating cowboy hats, horse shoes, stick horses, and a coloring station
-Official team posters

Softball vs. Appalachian State - 12:30 p.m.
-Gamecock Invitational
-Play Softball Bingo for a chance to win a prize
-Official team posters

#2 Baseball vs. Elon - 1:30 p.m.
-Play Baseball Bingo for a chance to win a prize

Softball vs. Presbyterian - 3:00 p.m.
-Gamecock Invitational
-Play Softball Bingo for a chance to win a prize
-Official team posters

#48 Men's Tennis vs. Charlotte - 4:00 p.m.
-Enter to win an autographed team poster!
-Official team posters available

Men's Basketball vs. Tennessee  - 8:00 p.m.
-Flying Hounds halftime act
-Cocky's Bounce House
-One of just two remaining home games
*Senior forward Malik Cooke reached the 1,000-point milestone for his career this past Saturday vs. LSU.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Softball vs. George Washington - 10:00 a.m.
-Gamecock Invitational
-Play Softball Bingo for a chance to win a prize
-Official team posters

#5 Equestrian vs. #4 Baylor - 11:00 a.m.
-Senior Day
-Official team posters

#26 Women's Tennis vs. Winthrop - 1:00 p.m.
-Official team posters

#2 Baseball vs. Elon - 1:30 p.m.
-Play Baseball Bingo for a chance to win a prize

Women's Basketball vs. Arkansas - 2:00 p.m.
-Senior Day - final home game for seniors Markeshia Grant, Courtney Newton, Charenee Stephens, La'Keisha Sutton and Ebony Wilson
-Flying Hounds halftime act
-"Active Gamecocks" game - program winners recognized on the court during the game
-Cocky's Bounce House

Gamecocks on the road:

M. Basketball @ Vandy - Wednesday, 8:00 p.m. TV: SEC Network, ESPN3
W. Basketball @ #13/10 Kentucky - Thursday, 7:00 p.m.  Listen Online
Track & Field - SEC Indoor Championships, Lexington, KY - Fri.-Sun.
Swimming & Diving - Bulldog Invitational, Athens, GA - Sat-Sun
Men's Golf - Seahawk Invitational, Wilmington, NC - Sunday

With the 2011-12 season right around the corner, we wanted to take a look back at the past year. Over the next few weeks I'll be counting down the Top 15 Gamecock moments from 2010-11 across several sports from the Spurs Up perspective. It was a good year for the Gamecocks, so I hope you enjoy reminiscing with me!

Top Moments of 2010-11 #8.jpg#8 - Freshman Johnna Letchworth Named an All-American with Nation-Leading 11-1-1 Record

Johnna Letchworth3.jpegWe've had several freshman this year who made a huge impact on their teams (Marcus Lattimore, Bruce Ellington, Amanda Rutqvist, and Julie Sarratt to name just a few), so it's not a huge surprise that a freshman delivered our #8 Top Moment of 2010-11. Freshman Johnna Letchworth was one of 16 riders in the country (four per each of the four events) named to the Varsity Equestrian All-America team. Letchworth led the nation in the Horsemanship event with an 11-1-1 regular season record and a 4-1 post-season record for the best overall Horsemanship record in the nation, 15-2-1.

Three other Gamecocks, Carolyn Curcio, Maggie Fortune, and Kelsey Hart, received Honorable Mention recognition on the All-America team. The South Carolina Equestrian team has had a lot of great moments over the years, not the least of which are two Varsity Equestrian National Championships in 2005 and 2007.

With Letchworth and a great group of riders returning, the Equestrian team will be looking to stay on top in 2011-12. The season starts off with two home competitions - vs. Fresno State on Friday, September 23rd at 2:00 p.m. and vs. TCU on Friday, September 30th at 2:00 p.m. All home Equestrian competitions are held at One Wood Farm in Blythewood; admission is free so come on out!

Photo by Juan Blas

Stay caught up on the Top Moments countdown. I'll post the next moment every weekday and Saturday until we get to #1!

#9: Fans Welcomes Home the SEC Eastern Division Championship

#10: Women's Golf Advances to NCAA Championship

#11: Women's Soccer Advances on PK's to SEC Tournament Championship

#12: Freshman Julie Sarratt Throws No-Hitter in Debut

#13: Cocky's 30th Birthday Party

Women's Basketball Upsets LSU, 63-61, at Colonial Life Arena

#15: Alshon Jeffery's season-long 70-yard touchdown vs. Tennessee

Equestrian junior Taylor Singmaster was on the cover of this month's American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) Journal supplement. The Journal is one of the top equine publications in the country. The photo was taken in April at the Varsity Equestrian National Championships in Waco, TX, and pictured with her is Caper, one of our team horses.

Great national industry exposure for our Gamecocks!

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*Hat tip to Cory Burkarth in the Athletics Media Relations office (who works with our Equestrian team) for his help with this post!

- Brittany

South Carolina Equestrian

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Colvin Hedgepeth 1688.jpgNow that the season is approaching, it's time to get excited for South Carolina Equestrian!  The Gamecocks kick off their 2010-2011 season with a weekend full of events.  The action begins 2 PM Friday, September 24th as they take on SMU then continues at 2 PM Saturday when the Gamecocks host South Dakota State.  All events are FREE and open to the public!

Don't miss your chance to be a part of South Carolina Equestrian!  All home events are held at One Wood Farm in Blythewood.  For directions to One Wood Farm visit

Go Gamecocks!