Anthony, Hawkins Named NCEA All-Americans
Honorable Mention Michelle Morris

April 9, 2012

ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia equestrians Carly Anthony and Megan Hawkins were named All-Americans by the National Collegiate Equestrian Association it was announced. In all, Georgia had nine riders pick up honors by the NCEA, the most among member schools.

"I am very proud Carly and Megan," head coach Meghan Boenig said. "To be named an All-American is really a testament to the work that they have put in during the season. Both of these riders have earned the recognition that they have received and I am very proud of each of them."

Anthony was named an All-American in equitation on the flat, finishing the regular-season with an 11-3 record that included eight MVP honors. Anthony's season-best came at then-top-ranked Auburn, finishing with a 91. She also posted a score of 90 against South Carolina.

Hawkins finished the regular-season with a record of 12-2 and 5 MVP titles in western horsemanship. Hawkins posted a season-high score of 78 twice this season, the first coming against South Carolina and the second versus Fresno State.

Seven other bulldogs earned eight Honorable Mentions in their respective events. Senior Michelle Morris was an Honorable Mention in both equitation on the flat and equitation over fences. Morris finished with an 8-5 record in equitation on the flat and a 10-4 mark in equitation over fences. She combined for three MVPs, including two over fences.

Abby O'Mara was an All-American Honorable Mention in equitation over fences, finishing 5-2 on the season. O'Mara picked up MVP honors twice and had a season-high score of 85 against Kansas State and TCU.

Kylee Arbuckle rounded out the All-American Honorable Mentions on the hunt seat side, earning the honor in equitation on the flat. Arbuckle competed in seven meets for the Red and Black, winning six of them and taking home MVP honors once.

Georgia has four Honorable Mentions on the western side, with Maria Salazar, Paige Stawicki, Samantha Belcher and McKenzie Lantz each being honored.

Salazar finished the season with a 7-3 record in horsemanship, including two MVP honors. Her best score of the season was a 77 and came against Fresno State.

Stawicki was also an Honorable Mention in horsemanship, posting a 9-3 record and one MVP. Stawicki had her best showing of the season against TCU, finishing with a score of 76.

Belcher and Lantz were each an honorable mention in reining. Belcher finished the season with an 8-3 record that included one MVP ride. Belcher's season-best score came against Kansas State, as she earned a 74. Lantz ended the regular season with a 10-4 record and three MVP honors. Lantz' best showing of the season came against TCU, as she earned a score of 77.

"Having so many riders earn All-American Honorable Mentions speaks to the talent and depth of this team," Boenig continued. "To be named an All-American Honorable Mention means that you rank at the top of your event. Our riders have put together a tremendous season and the number of honors that they received reflects all of the hard work and dedication this team has put in over the course of the regular season."

Georgia will return to action April 12-14 in Waco, Texas for the NCEA National Championship. The Bulldogs are the No. 3 seed in each division, earning a bye for the first round.



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