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Baylor is ranked No. 1 in the latest NCEA Rankings after jumping up three spots in Monday’s NCEA Rankings.
The Bears are 5-1 on the season and their last event was a 12-8 win over Oklahoma State on Oct. 26. The three teams ranked ahead of Baylor all lost since the last NCEA poll was released on Oct. 25. As a result, the Bears jumped to the No. 1 spot in the rankings.
No. 4 Baylor equestrian earned a 12-8 victory over the No. 7 Oklahoma State Cowgirls on Saturday at the Willis Family Equestrian Center.
The Bears earned a 4-1 victory in flat, while OSU won 4-1 in horsemanship to tie both teams at 5. Baylor sealed the win by finishing with a 4-1 advantage in fences to win the Big 12 competition.
Class from 8 a.m. until noon. Lunch. Then practice and rehab. Practice for four hours. Go home, eat and study. Try to be in bed by midnight.
Acrobatics and tumbling senior, Ginger Plemmons balances all of the above exceedingly well. She manages to stay focused on the mat and carries a 3.86 GPA.
“Well, I don’t get that much sleep. I mean you just have to stay motivated to succeed at both,” Plemmons said. “So I just study in between practice or really late at night. Whenever I have time really.”
Baylor’s equestrian team scrimmaged Saturday with an exhibition meet against Southern Methodist University. Baylor won Western 6-4 but lost Hunterseat 7-5 and the overall competition after a tiebreaker was enforced.
Baylor’s head coach Ellen White remained upbeat after the meet.
“It was exactly what we wanted to do,” said White.
It was an opportunity to see which players were going to step up and to work out the kinks of hosting an event, White said.
Energy levels were high as the Baylor Acrobatics and Tumbling team won its first meet of the National Collegiate Acrobatics and Tumbling Association season against Azusa Pacific.
The first half of the meet featured three events, each with multiple heats.
The three events were compulsories, acro heat and pyramid heat. There were 10 total heats from all three events combined.
The Baylor equestrian team hopes to ride its way to a victory over the Fresno State Bulldogs on Friday at the Willis Family Equestrian Center.
The meet, which will begin at noon, marks the seventh competition for the Bears since the season began.
The Baylor equestrian team is coming off of a National Championship last season and the win of their first event of the 2012 season, The Willis Invitational. With all of their success, it is only appropriate that Baylor Nation is educated on what exactly it is that the team does. The team rides in both Western and English styles, competing in two events from each category.
From clinking spurs to pounding hooves, the Baylor equestrian team will be in full force this weekend as it travels to take on Kansas State and Oklahoma State.
“It will be a very full weekend of travel and running around,” head coach Ellen White said. “It is going to be a great time for the girls to get to know each other. One big road trip.”
The competitions this weekend will mark the team’s first Big 12 events of the season.
The Baylor equestrian team opens its 2012-2013 season today by hosting the fifth annual Willis Invitational at the Willis Family Equestrian Center.
The tournament, which will run through Saturday, will showcase talent from Miami State, Ohio State, New Mexico State and Delaware State as well as Baylor.
During the 2011-2012 season, it is possible that Pat Neff has gone through twice as many green bulbs as it did through 2008-2010.