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Feb. 27, 2015

South Carolina will recgonize its 2014-15 senior class in a pre-meet Senior Day ceremony.

WHAT: No. 4 Auburn at No. 2 South Carolina
WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 28 • 10 a.m. ET
LOCATION: Blythewood, S.C. • One Wood Farm
Coach Major

COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina’s second-ranked equestrian team wraps up its SEC schedule on Saturday, when the Gamecocks host No. 4 Auburn at One Wood Farm in Blythewood. Saturday’s meet begins at 10 a.m. ET, and admission is free. Before the start of the meet, South Carolina will recognize its nine seniors in a Senior Day ceremony.

“We’ve had a hard week of practice to try and get ready for a tough Auburn team on Saturday,” South Carolina head coach Boo Major said. “We got it handed to us at Texas A&M last week and that didn’t sit well with any of us. I think we’ve all done a little soul searching over the last week because we did not give one-hundred percent last week in any way, shape or form. The girls’ attitudes have been great and I think we’re seeing the effort and dedication out of everybody that we didn’t have last week. It’s Senior Day for us and I know it would mean a lot to our seniors to win on Saturday, but in order to do that, we need to come out ready to go and fight for every point.”

• South Carolina is 7-3 overall and 3-2 in SEC play.
• The Gamecocks are ranked No. 2 in the country for the second straight week.
• Carolina is 2-1 at home this season.
• The Gamecocks have won seven of their last eight competitions this year.
• Carolina has won 10 of its last 12 home meets.

• Auburn is 4-4 overall and 2-1 in SEC play.
• The Tigers are currently ranked No. 4 in the country.
• Auburn has a 1-1 road record this season.
• The Tigers are coming off of a loss but have not lost back-to-back regular season meets since Feb. 22 and March 1 last season.
• Three of Auburn’s next four competitions are on the road.

NCEA RANKINGS – February 25, 2015
1. Baylor
2. South Carolina
3. Georgia
4. Auburn
5. Texas A&M
6. TCU
7. Fresno State
8. Oklahoma State
9. SMU
10. Kansas State

Prior to the start of Saturday’s meet, the Gamecocks hold their Senior Day ceremony to recognize all nine seniors:

• Alexa Anthony
• Sam Chiodo
• Layla Choate
• Melanie Cormier
• Elizabeth deGolian
• Amber Henter
• Cody McMillion
• Adele Norton
• Katherine Schmidt

The Gamecocks are holding their annual Equifest Kids Day meet on Saturday. Children of all ages are invited to come to Saturday’s meet to participate in a variety of activities and stations that will be available throughout the day:

• barn tours
• horseshoe decorating
• feeding the horses
• t-shirt giveaways
• coloring station

Participation in Saturday’s Equifest activities is free of charge.

South Carolina’s seven-meet winning streak came to an end on Feb. 21 in College Station, as the Gamecocks dropped an 11-8 decision at Texas A&M.

In the two teams’ first meeting this season, South Carolina picked up a 10-9 win at Auburn on Oct. 10, 2014. The Gamecocks’ hunt seat team won, 7-3, while the western team lost, 6-3. Katherine Schmidt (equitation on the flat) and Sam Chiodo (horsemanship) both earned MVP honors for the Gamecocks.

With the No. 1 seed for last season’s SEC Championship on the line, then-No. 1 South Carolina rolled past then-No. 2 Auburn, 10-7, in Blythewood on March 1, 2014. The hunt seat team won, 7-3, while the western team won, 5-4. Kelsey Hart (equitation on the flat), Johnna Letchworth (horsemanship), and Jordan Brown (reining) all earned MVP honors for the Gamecocks.

South Carolina closes out the regular season next Friday, when the Gamecocks host No. 1 and undefeated Baylor at 1 p.m. in Blythewood.