The Auburn Tiger equestrian team won another equestrian national championship in their closest call yet. They beat out No. 6 Georgia, 8-7 for the 2019 NCEA Championship. For the sixth time in program history, Auburn equestrian has won the national title and it's the program's second straight national title and sixth overall -- 2006, 2011, 2013, 2016, 2018 and now 2019. This is the first time any equestrian program has finished a full season without a loss.
It came down to the final rider of the day, Ashton Alexander. The team was deadlocked at 7-7 with one ride left in Equitation Over Fences.
The Montgomery Advertiser interviewed Alexander and tells us,
"I made sure that everyone knew at the start of the day I didn't want it to all come down to me, but that obviously wasn't the case," Alexander said. "I was slightly terrified to say the least. I sat by myself and took a deep breath and went in with an 'all or nothing' attitude. I didn't know if my ride was good enough until the scores came in. Afterwards, it was tears of joy. To know that I was able to do it and to have all my teammates there was amazing."
The Auburn equestrian team credit their seniors for being a big part of the consistent wins this season.
247Sports.com interviewed coach Greg Williams about the winning ride. Coach Williams has said the 2018-19 senior class is a special one and he noted it was fitting that a senior came through with the pressure on her. "It was a storybook ride," the coach said. of Alexander stepping up when the team had to have a very strong performance to win.
The scores from the Equitation Over Fences,
- Taylor St. Jacques (AU) def. Emma Mandarino (UGA), 266-205
- Ali Tritschler (UGA) def. Caitlin Boyle (AU), 213-120
- McKayla Langmeier (AU) def. Hayley Mairano (UGA), 248-204
- Ashton Alexander (AU) def. Maddy Darst (UGA), 255-242
Taylor St. Jacques and freshman McKayla Langmeier each won both of their rides in the hunter seat competition. Hayley Iannotti, a senior, scored the other hunt seat point with an equitation on the flat victory.
Here are the scores:
Equitation on the Flat,
- Maddy Darst (UGA) def. Caitlin Boyle (AU), 241-239
- Taylor St. Jacques (AU) def. Ali Tritschler (UGA), 245-240
- Hayley Iannotti (AU) def. Madison Newman (UGA), 246-228
- McKayla Langmeier (AU) def. Hayley Mairano (UGA), 238-207
We recently wrote about Auburn equestrian team's SEC Championship win! They defeated Texas A&M 11-6 to win! (They beat South Carolina that Friday to advance).
The Tigers celebrated an 18-0 season in Waco. Go Tigers! Congrats to the seniors and to senior Ashton Alexander for such a strong performance. Auburn University and head coach, Greg Williams must be so proud!
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