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Five Wildcats named to NCEA honorable mention team

By The Mercury

Five K-State equestrian student-athletes were named to the 2012 National Collegiate Equestrian Association (NCEA) honorable mention All-American team,  in an announcement by the organization on Monday.

Juniors Sam Etsell (Reining) and Larissa Laffey (Equitation on the Flat) and sophomores Kelly Bovaird (Horsemanship), Sarah Mershon (Equitation Over Fences) and Emily Stockford (Reining) garnered honorable mention All-American honors, in their respective disciplines.

Each rider met a series of three criteria, including achieving a minimum of 67 percent winning percentage, excluding ties, having competed in a minimum of five competitions in the NCEA format and having at least an adjusted NRS score of 85 for Equitation on the Flat, 90 for Equitation Over Fences, 77 for Reining and 80 for Horsemanship.

“I am thrilled to have five athletes on the All-American list,” K-State head coach Casie Lisabeth said. “We had one rider make it last year and this year our team goal was to have at least one rider per event, which we have accomplished. These girls have worked really hard all season and kept a very strong record to earn this award.”

The K-State equestrian team will be back in action next week, as it travels to Waco, Texas, to compete in the 2012 NCEA National Championships, April 12-14 at the Willis Family Equestrian Center.

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