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Feb. 11, 2006

The South Carolina Equestrian team earned its first sweep of the spring season after defeating Auburn 1237.5-1181 Saturday at One Wood Farm. The Hunt Seat team defeated the Tigers 691-650 while the Western Team posted a 280-269 victory.

“Everyone showed up today,” Head Coach Boo Duncan said. “I was pleased with everyone’s riding and effort. They were very enthusiastic today which showed in the effort. Auburn has a great team and gave us a run for our money, but we rode just about as well as we could ride today.”

In the Hunt Seat competition, Tara Brothers, Kristen Terebesi and Kelley Campbell each won against both of their opponents. In equitation on the flat, USC won 356-328, claiming four individual victories. Terebesi and Brothers both posted their highest scores in the spring season in leading the Gamecocks. Terebesi defeated Auburn’s Lauren Hulen 93-85, followed by Brothers, who claimed a 92-75 victory over Maggie White. Kelley Campbell defeated Cassie McEnroe 82-78, while Sarah Lowe pulled out the win in a close ride against Jenny Reinhart by one point, 89-88. Auburn’s Erin Gaddy was the lone victor for the Tigers, edging out Carly Johns 77-75.

South Carolina again posted solid results over the fences with all five riders claiming victories in a 335-322 win. Campbell and Courtney Reese both edged their competition by half a point as Campbell defeated Hulen 82.5-82 and Reese defeated Jessica Braswell 81.5-81. Lindsay Pace also won a close ride, claiming an 85-84 victory against Kelly Gotfried. Terebesi defeated White 80-75, and in the final ride, Brothers defeated McEnroe 86-65.

In the Western competition, the Gamecocks won a close horsemanship event after claiming three individual victories. Sophomore Allison Bradley was USC’s highest scorer, defeated Ashley Milton 73-63. Courtney Borton and Katy Biffle recorded the other two wins in horsemanship as Borton defeated Katelen Ream, 64.5-62, and Biffle defeated Ashley Dickerson 65-58. Kimberly Tidwell led the Tigers in defeating Michelle Grah 72-53, while Whitney Kimble edged Rachel Sternoff 65-64.

In reining, sophomore Lindsay Williams led the Gamecocks with a high score of 75.5 in Carolina’s 280-269 victory. Sternoff bested Kimble 69-59 to pace USC in the first ride. Williams followed, defeating Tidwell 75.5-67, and Jamie Diamond defeated Julie Gibbes 65-62. Auburn’s Ashley Griffith beat Biffle 72-68, and Ream edged Laura Pipkin by half a point, 68-67.5.

“We were really on today,” Duncan said. “This is an effort than can help prepare us for Baylor and Georgia coming up.”

The Gamecocks return to One Wood Farm in their next competition against Baylor Feb. 24.