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March 14, 2012

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COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina slipped one spot in the latest coaches poll Wednesday, falling from fifth to sixth. The Gamecocks have not competed since Feb. 25-26, and over the, the top three teams all lost, as Baylor managed to bounce Carolina from the fifth spot.

THe Gamecocks have won three in a row, including upset wins over then-No. 1 Auburn and then-No. 4 Baylor three weeks ago, and are now 6-5 this season.

Carolina’s Hunt Seat team is 9-2 and is on a six-meet winning streak. South Carolina’s Western team has won three in a row and is back to 5-5 on the season.

The collegiate coaches competing under the National Collegiate Equestrian Association umbrella initiated the national poll.

The poll will be released bi-monthly with the next announcement scheduled for March 28, 2012.

South Carolina closes out the regular season on Friday, when the Gamecocks travel to Dover, Del., to face Delaware State.

Women’s Intercollegiate Equestrian National Coaches Poll
1. Georgia (69)
2. Texas A&M (57)
3. Auburn (56)
4. Oklahoma State (45)
5. Baylor (43)
6. South Carolina (36)
7. New Mexico State (26)
8. Kansas State (22)
9. Southern Methodist (14)
10. Fresno State (9)

Receiving votes – Texas Christian (7), Tennessee-Martin (1)