Feb. 13, 2013
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Fourth-ranked South Carolina will look to end its three meet skid on Thursday, as the Gamecocks travel to Auburn, Ala. to face No. 2 Auburn. Thursday's meet is scheduled to being at 2 p.m. ET at the Auburn University Horse Center.
"It's going to be a very exciting meet as it always is when we face Auburn because both teams really compete hard, and I don't expect this meet to be any different," South Carolina head coach Boo Major said. "Auburn is a difficult team to face on the road, and we know they're going to give us everything they've got on Thursday, so we're going to need to ride better than we did against Georgia. I know coach Sorrel and coach Gwin have been happy with how their groups have been practicing, so we'll just need to carry that over to the competition."
SCOUTING SOUTH CAROLINA
LAST TIME AT AUBURN: The Gamecocks last competed at Auburn on Oct. 8, 2011. The meet ended in a 10-10 tie, but the Tigers won the tiebreaker to claim the victory. Carolina and Auburn tied 5-5 in both the Hunt Seat and Western portion of the meet, but the Tigers held the raw score tiebreaker in both disciplines.
TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT
In the teams' last nine meetings dating back to the Fall of 2009, five of the meets have been decided by one point or less. Two of the five ended 10-10, with the Tigers winning both of those because of the tiebreaker.
Oct. 4, 2012 - South Carolina wins, 10-9.
IN FAMILIAR TERRITORY
McCormack led the team in wins as a freshman (15) and sophomore (17). She held the lead for most of last season, finishing with a career-best 22-8 record, but was narrowly edged by then-freshman Katherine Schmidt, who went 9-1 in postseason action to give her the nation's best record at 25-7.
McCormack, Henry, Schmidt, and Smith have competed in both Equitation on the Flat and Equitation Over Fences this season. Amber Henter is currently 6-1 as a single-event rider this season, with all of her action coming in Equitation Over Fences, giving her the best single-event record on the team. Sophomore Sam Chiodo leads the Western team with a 5-1 record in Horsemanship.
Each of the four SEC teams will compete twice, with the opening round set for March 29. The championship meet will be held on March 30, and that will follow the third-place meet, which will be held earlier in the day, between the two losing teams from the opening round.
TOUGH ROAD TEAMS
In what is currently the longest streak in the country, South Carolina has scored at least eight points in 21 consecutive dual meets, dating back to the 2010-2011 season.
The Gamecocks will then host their final home meet of the season on Mar. 1, when South Carolina competes against Delaware State,
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