Wildcats open NCEA Championship against SMU

Brynn Critcher, freshman, reins Dallas to a stop during the reining competition against Baylor University at Timbercreek Stables on Feb. 28, 2015. (File Photo by Evert Nelson | The Collegian)

With a strong regular-season finish, the K-State equestrian team begins their journey today at the National Collegiate Equestrian Association Championship in Waco, Texas.

The Wildcats are riding a bit of a hot streak heading into the championships, having won three out of four matches. And despite an 8-8 record, the Wildcats are optimistic heading into today’s first matchup against SMU.

“It is exciting that the National Championship is now right in front of us,” K-State head coach Casie Maxwell said to K-State Sports. “This is what we have been working towards all year, and I feel like our team is very well prepared.”

Last season at the NCEA’s, the Wildcats defeated Texas A&M 8-7 in the first round before falling in the second round to Auburn by a much wider margin, 12-3.

The winner of today’s K-State-SMU matchup faces No. 1-seed Georgia in the second round on Friday.