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Sept. 18, 2011

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Coach Major

BLYTHEWOOD, S.C. – The Gamecock equestrian team hosted its Garnet & Black scrimmage on Sunday at One Wood Farm, with the Black squad winning the competition on the raw score tiebreaker. Both team’s each tallied seven points, but the Black team prevailed on cumulative raw scores, 1,224-1,206.5.

In Equitation on the Flat, both squads each picked up a pair of points. The Garnet team got wins from sophomore Kelsey Hart and freshman Katherine Schmidt. Hart defeated freshman Amber Henter, 62-58, while Schmidt was named MVP for her 64-61 win over sophomore Logan Holler.

Black team riders Rachel Roter and Emma Johnson evened the score at 2-2, with both sophomores winning their rides. Roter defeated senior Victoria Middleton, 64-61, while Johnson scored a 64-59 win over the Garnet team’s Colvin Hedgepeth.

In Equitation Over Fences, the Black team got points from junior Alex Arute and freshman Catherine Pasmore. The Garnet team only tallied one point, which came from junior Kimberly McCormack, who was named MVP.

In Horsemanship, both the Garnet and Black squads each picked up a pair of points. For the Black team, sophomore Katie Kopf earned MVP honors for her 72.5-72 win over freshman Sam Chiodo. Junior Kayla Gamble defeated the Garnet team’s Alison Ceresani, 69-66.5. For the Garnet squad, senior captain Maggie Fortune turned in an event-high 75.5 to defeat the Black team’s Johnna Letchworth by 2.5 points. Sophomore Allie Kraybill also picked up a point for the Garnet team, as she defeated Samantha Nicholson, 72-69.

In Reining, freshman Layla Choate scored the Black team’s only point, as she defeated junior Melody Malbin, 71-69. Choate’s win gave the Black team a 7-5 lead in the competition, with three points remaining.

After Audrey Jewell and Cody McMillion tied each other, 70-70, the Garnet team needed to win the remaining two points to force the tiebreaker. Senior Annie McDonald turned an MVP performance in a 72-70.5 win over sophomore Jordan Brown to cut the Black team’s lead to 7-6. Junior Amanda Pope, in the final ride of the day, scored a 70 to defeat sophomore Melissa Mull’s 68.5, sending the scrimmage to the raw score tiebreaker where the Black team prevailed.

The Gamecocks begin their 2011-2012 season on Friday against Fresno State. The Gamecocks will host the Bulldogs at 2 p.m. at One Wood Farm in Blythewood.