South Carolina Travels for Meets in Texas
COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina (0-7, 0-4 SEC) will make the trip to No. 6 Baylor (4-5) and No. 2 Texas A&M (8-1, 4-0 SEC) this weekend. The Gamecocks and the Bears will face off on Friday at noon ET before taking on the Aggies at 11 a.m. ET on Saturday.
“It’s been a while since we have been on the road,” said head coach Boo Major. “Last semester we did nothing but travel. We are anxious to get away from home and test ourselves at Baylor and Texas A&M. We continue to improve and gain confidence daily and I can’t wait to see how we respond this weekend.”
- South Carolina freshman Chloe VanStone earned the first Most Outstanding Performer honor of her career in reining in the meet against Auburn. She scored a meet high 72.5 in the event.
- Sophomore Maya Clarkson earned the lone point on the flat against Auburn in her season debut with a 70 on Redford.
- Nina Columbia and Trinity Hammerschmidt also scored points for South Carolina in its first spring meet in fences.
- Hammerschmidt earned the fifth highest score on the flat this season with an 84 against Auburn.
Scouting the Bears
- Baylor is 4-5 this season with a recent loss to then-No. 8 TCU. The Horned Frogs took the win via western equivalency tiebreaker in a 9-9 (1489-1481.5) decision.
- The Bears are 1-2 against SEC opponents with a 12-7 win against then-No. 5 Texas A&M at home. They later lost to the Aggies 10-8 on the road.
- Baylor has lost its last three meets, all of which were against ranked opponents.
- The Bears are 2-3 at home with wins against Texas A&M and then-No. 6 Fresno State.
- Baylor’s 61-member roster is led by head coach Casie Maxwell, assistant coach for western Abbi Demel and assistant coach for jumping seat Grace Bridges.
The Baylor Series
- South Carolina is 8-6 against Baylor in full team meets, including a 2-3 record on the road.
- Baylor took the last regular season matchup between the teams in Waco, Texas, winning 16-3 in 2015.
- South Carolina last topped Baylor in a 2018 neutral site match in Fresno, Calif. The Gamecocks won by the western equivalency tiebreaker 8-8 (1,0001.25-964.5).
- The Gamecocks last defeated Baylor on the road in 2015 in a 10-6 decision.
- The last time the teams met was in the NCEA 2019 nationals held in Waco, in which South Carolina won 4-0 in reining and 2-2 (911-877) on the flat.
Texas A&M Fall Meet Recap
- In the home meet against then-No. 5 Texas A&M, South Carolina dropped a close 10-8 decision.
- Sloane Vogt and Emma Lane swept M.O.P. honors in the western events. Vogt scored a 77.5 in horsemanship and Lane scored a 73.5 in reining.
- In addition to Vogt and Lane, Emilia Reutimann, Graycen Hess, Schaefer, Columbia, Alexa Aureliano and Hammerschmidt scored points for the Gamecocks.
- Each team took one event in each discipline: the Gamecocks took fences 3-1 and reining 3-2 while the Aggies took the flat 4-1 and horsemanship 3-1.
Scouting the Aggies
- Texas A&M recently improved to 8-1 this season with a win over No. 5 Georgia. The Aggies came out on top in a narrow 9-9 (1532-1523) decision.
- The Aggies are 5-1 against ranked teams this season with wins against then-No. 2 Auburn, then-No. 4 Baylor and then-No. 5 Georgia this spring.
- In SEC competition, Texas A&M is 4-0. It is also undefeated at home.
- The Aggies are on a seven-meet winning streak.
The Texas A&M Series
- South Carolina is 9-19 against Texas A&M in full team meets. That includes a 2-9 record at Texas A&M.
- The Gamecocks last defeated the Aggies on the road in 2019 in a 10-9 decision in which they took the flat 5-0 and reining 2-2 (341-281.5).