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Gamecocks Finish Regular Season Friday vs. Fresno State
March 8, 2018


Meet #12 -- Equestrian vs. Fresno State

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The University of South Carolina equestrian team finishes the 2017-18 regular season on Friday when it hosts Fresno State. The meet begins at 1 p.m. at One Wood Farm, located at 1201 Syrup Mill Road in Blythewood, S.C.

Friday is Senior Day at One Wood Farm as the 10th-ranked Gamecocks compete in a home regular-season event for the last time this year. Prior to the meet, the Gamecocks will honor seniors Raleigh Bacharach, Madison Butehorn, Lauren Fabiano, Megan Overberg, Jaana Rasmussen, Paisley Roberts, Megan Russo, Chloe Schmidt, Aurie Engel Schmieding, Paige Stopperich and Bailey Walters. Fans are encouraged to arrive early, as Senior Day festivities start at 12:25 p.m. ET.

Live results for Friday's meet are available here.

LAST TIME OUT

• Carolina split a doubleheader on March 2 in snowy Felton, Del., as they defeated Delaware State, 6-4, but fell to No. 7 Baylor, 7-5.
• Snow and wind were factors throughout the day and led to the cancellation of equitation over fences in both meets.
Paige Stopperich (horsemanship) and Bailey Walters (reining) won MOP honors in the victory over DSU.
Chloe Schmidt (equitation on the flat) and Caroline Gute (reining) brought home MOP laurels for the Baylor meet.

LAST TIME vs. FRESNO STATE

• South Carolina last competed against Fresno State on Nov. 4, 2016, a 10-8 loss in Fresno, Calif.
• Several current Gamecocks brought home points in the last meeting with the Bulldogs, including Chloe Schmidt in equitation on the flat, Schmidt, Madison Butehorn, Madison Sellman and Lizzie van der Walde in equitation over fences, and Bridgett White and Caroline Gute in reining.
• White (reining) and Schmidt (flat) where named MOPs in the loss, as was graduated senior Sydney Smith (fences)

SCOUTING THE BULLDOGS

• Fresno State enters the week 3-7, with a 3-2 United Equestrian Conference record. The Bulldogs have lost their last four matches.
• Fresno last competed Feb. 17, an 11-8 home setback at the hands of Oklahoma State.
• Despite the loss, the Bulldogs earned two MOP awards in the Oklahoma State loss, as Kylina Chalack (fences) and Rachel Williams (horsemanship) were honored.

HISTORY VS. FRESNO STATE

• South Carolina is 8-3 all-time in its series with Fresno State.
• All three Fresno State victories have come in Bulldog home meets.
• Fresno State's last trip to Blythewood came Sept. 27, 2013, a 17-3 Carolina victory. The Gamecocks went on to finish the season 15-3, with an SEC Championship and an NCEA Championship finals appearance.

SCOUTING THE GAMECOCKS

• South Carolina enters the meet 3-8, with an 0-6 SEC record. The Gamecocks are ranked 10th in the latest NCEA national poll.
• On the hunt seat side, Madison Brayman leads Carolina with six victories in both equitation on the flat and equitation over fences. Lauren Fabiano also owns six jumping victories, including a team-high four MOP wins.
Megan Overberg paces Carolina's horsemanship crew with six wins.
• In reining, Bailey Walters holds six victories, best on the team.
Paisley Roberts is a two-time SEC Rider of the Month for reining. She won the award in September and again last month after posting a 3-1 record with two MOP wins.
• Fabiano was named SEC Rider of the Month in November for her jumping efforts, while Kate Eagleton earned the NCEA's Standout Rider of the Month award in November.
• Horsemanship standout Reggie was named NCEA Horse of the Month for January. A member of the Carolina squad since 2012, Reggie has competed at both the SEC and NCEA Championships and has been an NCEA top-10 horse each season since 2012-13.

GAMECOCK PROGRAM HISTORY

• The 2017-18 season marks the 22nd year of the Gamecock equestrian program, as well as head coach Boo Major's 21st season at the helm.
• The Gamecocks have won three national championships (2005, 2007, 2015).
• South Carolina has two runner-up finishes (2006, 2014).
• The Gamecocks have won two SEC Conference championships (2013, 2014).
• Carolina won the 2012 Southern Equestrian Championship, the precursor to the SEC Championship, which was added for the 2012-13 season

MEET THE COACHES

• The 2017-18 campaign will be the 21st season for head coach Boo Major, as Major celebrated the milestone mark of 20 years last year.
• In those 20 years at the helm, Major has piled up three NCEA National Championships, two SEC Championships and two National Coach of the Year awards (2014, 2015).
• Associate head coach Ruth Sorrel is in her 13th year with the Gamecocks as the leader of Carolina's western team.
• South Carolina welcomes home Kristen Terebesi this season, as the former Gamecock equestrian standout returns to lead the hunt seat squad.

UP NEXT

South Carolina hosts the 2018 SEC Championship March 30-31 at One Wood Farm. Brackets and seedings will be announced Monday, after the completion of the regular season.


 

 

 

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