Nov. 4, 2011
ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia used MVP rides by Megan Hawkins and Carly Anthony and strong performances by both the English and western teams to help the Bulldogs to an 11-9 win over No. 4 South Carolina. With the win, UGA improved to 3-1 on the year, while South Carolina dropped to 3-3. It was the third-straight win over a top-10 opponent for the Bulldogs and the second win in a row against the Gamecocks.
Hawkins scored a MVP ride with a 76-73 win in horsemanship, while Anthony posted a 91 in equitation over fences for MVP honors. South Carolina's Kimberly McCormack took home MVP honors in equitation on the flat, while Cody McMillion had the MVP ride in reining.
"We are very excited to get a win over a very strong and talented South Carolina team," head coach Meghan Boenig said. "There were a lot of really strong rides today and we were able to get two MVP winners. I think we will use this meet and build off of it during the season."
Georgia and South Carolina tied 5-5 on the English side, with Georgia winning 3-2 on the flat and USC taking equitation over fences 3-2. Georgia won both western disciplines, 3-2.
Grace Rogers, Anthony and Michelle Morris each scored winning rides for Georgia in equitation on the flat. Rogers got things started with an 82-79.5 win over Carolyn Curcio. Anthony followed with a season-best score of 90 that bested Katerine Schmidt. With Georgia holding a 2-1 lead, Morris posted a score of 75.5 that helped UGA to the win.
Anthony posted a second season-high, this time in equitation over fences, earning a point after a 91-81 win over Schmidt. Morris earned the second Georgia point, outscoring McCormack 88-86.
"On the hunt seat side, Carly [Anthony] and Michelle [Morris] won points in both events for us," continued Boeing. "They came into this meet knowing that they needed to have strong rides and really rose to that occasion. They showed great leadership during the competition. I saw a lot of beautiful rides and I think we will only continue to get stronger."
Georgia pulled out a 3-2 win over South Carolina in horsemanship, as captain Katelyn Van Allen edged Johnna Letchworth 73.5-73 to seal the final point and the win for the Bulldogs. Hawkins grabbed the first point of the event, earning a 76-73 win over South Carolina's Katie Kopf. Paige Stawicki also scored a winning ride, defeating USC's Alison Cerasani 74.5-73.5.
With the score tied at seven, the competition came down to reining. Down 1-0, Georgia's Lauren Tieche tied the event at one, outscoring Layla Choate 71-69.6. The Bulldogs won the next two points to take a 3-1 lead over the Gamecocks. Kelly Truesdell scored a 66.5 to defeat Audrey Jewel, before Samantha Belcher rode to a 65-63 win over Melody Malbin and sealed the event and the competition for the Bulldogs.
"The western team really rode strong today, with Megan [Hawkins] earning a MVP ride," added Boenig. "I was also impressed with our freshmen that came out and won their first rides, knowing what they need to do in a tough situation. There is a lot to be excited about after today's competition."
Georgia returns to competition next Friday, Nov. 11, when it welcomes No. 1 Auburn to Bishop, Ga. The competition is slated to begin at 2 p.m. and admission is free.