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Georgia Claims NCEA National Title with 8-8 Win Over South Carolina

RELEASE: April 20, 2014
AUTHOR/ADMINISTRATOR: www.georgiadogs.com

Waco, Texas
- The Georgia equestrian team brought home the 2014 NCEA National Championship when it defeated Southeastern Conference foe South Carolina an 8-8 (2,323.5-2,219) in a rematch of the SEC Championship on Saturday, April 19 at the Extraco Events Center in Waco, Texas. It was the program's sixth national title and the first since 2010. Georgia ends its season with an overall record of 11-4.

"What an exciting day this was for our entire team," Head Coach Meghan Boenig said. "I could not be more proud of how these riders performed, especially in pressure situations. For the first time, this competition has been about the entire team and we had outstanding efforts from every single person on the team today. This is a `hunker down' group that has competed to the very last point in every single ride in every single meet this season. They have never given up and I am so proud of them for that."

Taking home MOP honors for the Bulldogs were McKenzie Lantz (Reining) and Liza Finsness (Equitation on the Flat).

After jumping out to a 3-1 in Equitation on the Flat, the Bulldogs needed a clutch performance by its Reiners, which it got, as the squad posted a 3-1 win over the Gamecocks, sealing the national championship for the Bulldogs.

For more, and for video of the championship, go to the original article at www.georgiadogs.com.

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