National Championships Are Here
Ciara Kozlowski and the Western Bulldogs are geared up and ready for the NCEA National Championships this week.
Ciara Kozlowski and the Western Bulldogs are geared up and ready for the NCEA National Championships this week.

April 15, 2013

By Kelly Mason

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FRESNO, Calif. - With the arrival of the 2013 NCEA National Championships, the top twelve teams were announced for both English and Western disciplines. The Fresno State Western team qualified and will enter the tournament in the eleventh seed. The first round of competition will begin Thursday, April 18 at the Extraco Coliseum in Waco, Texas as the Bulldogs face sixth seeded Texas A&M.

Western Team Ready
"The Western girls are really excited," said head coach Collins Daye. "They have a tough first round facing Texas A&M, but they have been working hard and I know they are prepared. They are focused on being consistent in the ring and they have also been training on some unfamiliar horses, just as they will be riding unfamiliar horses at the championships."

How The Selection Was Made
When selecting the top 12 teams from each discipline the NCEA Selection Committee, which is consisted of five NCEA coaches, looks strongly at win-loss records as well as the strength of the schedule. This will be the last year that teams qualify in English and Western, starting next year the teams will be selected as one unit.

Wilson Earns NCEA Honors
Fresno State's Macy Wilson was selected a 2012-13 NCEA Honorable Mention All-American for her strong performances on the Flat. Wilson, a sophomore from Chico, Calif., has a won nine of her 12 points this season in Equitation on the Flat. She has also earned two Most Outstanding Player awards for her rides against Auburn and at the Skyhawk Invitational in Martin, Tenn. Wilson has maintained an average score of 78 this season, with her season high of 84 coming against Southern Methodist University in the first match-up of the year.

Equestrian Excels In Academics
Fresno State had three riders named to the NCEA Academic First Team, the highest academic achievement one can currently receive in the NCEA. English riders Belle Calkin and Hillary West, along with Western rider Lauren Crivelli were each one of 50 NCEA riders to make the First Team. There were three Bulldogs also named to the NCEA Academic Second Team, Lanie Madrazo, Kirsten McKillop and Shauna Woodward. Three more Bulldogs were named to the Honorable Mention team, Macy Wilson, Ciara Kozlowski and Sydney Coletti. The Bulldogs also had 19 riders named to the NCEA Honor Roll.

'Dogs Go 1-1 In Tennessee
The Bulldogs regular season competition concluded in Martin, Tenn. as they competed against New Mexico State and the University of Tennessee Martin in the Skyhawk tournament. In a very close competition that ended in tie with UTM, the 'Dogs fell in the raw score. They defeated NMSU for the second time of the season 9-7 on the final day at the Skyhawk Tournament.

Bulldogs Jump Into Top 10
After picking up two victories over two ranked opponents in early March, the Fresno State equestrian team jumped into the Top 10 teams in the nation according to the National Collegiate Equestrian Association Coaches' Poll. They rank ninth and sit above South Dakota State in 10th, one of the teams they defeated at their last home event of the season.

'Dogs Sweep Competition On Senior Day
The Bulldogs shined on Senior Day as they swept their competition, winning both matches at their last home event of the season. They earned a total of 22 points, eight Most Outstanding Player awards and two team victories against New Mexico State (9-6) and South Dakota State (13-3). Fresno State honored equestrian's seven seniors Friday afternoon in between the two matches: Lisa Beach, Christa Beezley, Lauren Carr, Sydney Coletti, Kimberly HewsonBudnik, Lanie Madrazo and Marisa Mohn.

Four 'Dogs Win Points In Oklahoma
The Bulldogs brought some very strong rides to Oklahoma Saturday afternoon, outscoring the No. 3 OSU Cowgirls 1449.5-1423.5, but when it came to the point total to determine the victory the Bulldogs fell 15-4. In Reining, Sonya Koch and Kirsten McKillop led the way each scoring a point and Lauren Crivelli in Horsemanship earned her point as well. Kimberly HewsonBudnik was the only English rider to earn her point.

HewsonBudnik Wins Two, 'Dogs Fall To TCU
The Fresno State Bulldogs faced the No. 8 Texas Christian Horned Frogs in Fort Worth, Texas and despite a close raw score total, the 'Dogs fell to TCU 14-6. On the Flat, Kimberly HewsonBudnik won her point with her season-high score of 93 Also winning her point on the Flat was Macy Wilson with an 83. HewsonBudnik won her second point of the day in Equitation over Fences (71). Belle Calkin also won her point over Fences scoring a 59. In Horsemanship Kirsten McKillop and Lauren Crivelli won their points and Ciara Kozlowski won her point in Reining.

HewsonBudnik Takes Third
Senior English rider Kimberly HewsonBudnik competed in Equitation over Fences for the Collegiate Equitation Challenge at the Winter Equestrian Festival Friday, Feb. 8. HewsonBudnik had some standout rides propelling her to an overall third place finish out of 16 of the finest collegiate riders.

Wilson Names Sysco Student-Athlete of the Week
Sophomore Macy Wilson went two for two in her match-ups in the double header versus No. 2 Auburn and No. 6 Kansas State. In the morning match against Auburn, Wilson earned her first Most Outstanding Player award of the season for her competitive ride in Equitation on the Flat. She scored a 75 defeating her Auburn opponent by 20 points. In the afternoon match against Kansas State, Wilson won her point again on the Flat with a score of 77.

Wilson, Kozlowski Earn MOP Honors
In the Bulldogs double header on Friday, Feb. 1 the 'Dogs were neck-and-neck with the Auburn Tigers, but fell short 7-8 in a close match. In the afternoon match the Bulldogs fell to the Kansas State Wildcats 12-4. Macy Wilson and Ciara Kozlowski each earned Most Outstanding Player honors for their performances against Auburn.



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