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April 20, 2007

Columbia, S.C. – The South Carolina equestrian team is still in the hunt for their second overall national title in three years with both the Hunt Seat and Western teams advancing to the championship round. The western team has defeated TCU, Georgia, and Oklahoma State en route to the final round, while the Hunt Seat has wins over Fresno State and Auburn.

The Western team will face Texas A&M for the title while the Hunt Seat will take on SEC rival Georgia. Should the Hunt Seat team win, this will be their third consecutive national.

The Hunt Seat shut out the defending national champion Auburn Tigers 7-0 Thursday. This marks the fourth time the Hunt Seat team has defeat the Tigers this season. Megan Massaro (Summerfield, Fla.) earned a dicipline high 169 in equitation over fences.

In equitation on the flat, Kristen Terebesi (Glenmoore, Pa.), Kelley Campbell (Keysville, Va.), and Carly Johns (Woodstock, Ga.) all earned victories, with Sarah Lowe (Augusta, Ga.) ending her competition with in a 152-152 tie over Maggie White.

Nicole Bourgeois (Sherwood, Ore.), LIndsey Pace (Camden, S.C.), and Terebesi all earned wins over their opponents in equitation over fences.

The Gamecocks will face Georgia in the championship round Friday. This will make the third time the teams have met this season, with USC winning the first two.