WACO, Texas — The Sweet Briar NCEA team has learned its first-round fate at the National Collegiate Equestrian Championship beginning on April 17, as the NCEA announced the brackets for on Tuesday afternoon.
Over fences, the Vixens earned the No. 8 seed in the field of 14 teams and will match-up in the opening round against No. 9 Delaware State. The Vixens and Hornets previously met in October, with the Vixens topping Delaware State 4-1 over fences.
Against Delaware State, first-year Charlotte Hadley (Tiverton, R.I.) was named Most Outstanding Performer, while scoring 82 points during her ride.
The winner of the Sweet Briar and Delaware State dual will meet No. 1 Auburn over fences in the quarterfinals. Sweet Briar and Auburn have never met in NCEA competition.
On the flat, Sweet Briar received the No. 11 seed and will match-up with No. 6 Oklahoma State. The Vixens and the Cowgirls have never met in NCEA competition. The winner of the Sweet Briar and Oklahoma State match-up will meet the winner of a dual between No. 3 Texas A&M and No. 14 UC Davis.
While Sweet Briar has never met the Aggies of UC Davis, the Vixens have matched up with the Aggies of Texas A&M twice in the program’s history. At the 2018 NCEA Championship, the Vixens met Texas A&M in the opening round of flat, dropping a 3-1 decision to the Aggies. Sweet Briar hosted Texas A&M in February, with the Aggies picking-up a 3-2 victory on the flat.
The NCEA Championship is scheduled to take place at the Extraco Events Center in Waco, Texas, beginning on April 17, with competition set to conclude on April 20.