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Cowgirls sweep TCU to remain undefeated at home

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Sarah Miller during the Horsemanship portion of the match against West Texas A&M on Nov 10, 2018 at Stillwater.

The Oklahoma State equestrian team won its second consecutive meet after defeating Big 12 opponent TCU 12-8 Saturday at Totusek Arena. The Cowgirls remain undefeated at home and have won three of their last four.

OSU (4-5 overall, 2-2 Big 12) won all events across the board. Strong outings on the flat and horsemanship helped the Cowgirls preserve the lead for the entire meet. This is the first time the Cowgirls have won back-to-back meets all season long.

“I’m so proud of our girls and where they are at mentally,” OSU coach Larry Sanchez said. “It’s the right time of the year to be peaking as far as the cohesiveness of the team and where their hearts are at.”

OSU had a strong start to the meet, taking an early 3-2 lead after junior Hannah Janson scored a season-high 86 in fences to defeat Niki Barns.

“I was happy with how I rode,” Janson said. “Obviously there is always things to work on but I was really happy with the horses today.”

Although the Horned Frogs (5-5, 1-2) were still mathematically capable of coming back from a 9-6 deficit, the Cowgirls clinched the victory in reigning after Hannah Mitchell defeated TCU’s Josie Ferrante 72.5-72.

“I think we did a really good job on executing,” Mitchell said. “We worked very hard on being aggressive and I thought that all the girls were very aggressive today and rode the horses they had very well.”

The Cowgirls will have two road meets in Delaware next week before their final home meet of the regular season. Sanchez said that this momentum will help propel the Cowgirls to win their first road meet of the season.

“The girls really like where the team is at right now and how this feels,” Sanchez said. “Nothing fuels winning like winning. That’s what I hope we take to the plane next week to Delaware.”

Similarly, the riders are ready for the challenge. After beating two top-10 teams, Mitchell said the team confidence is growing steadily.

“I think these last two wins really boost our confidence,” Mitchell said. “Our fall semester was really tough but I think we can learn from both of those rides and take them to the road meets.”

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