Collegiate Championships: N.J.'s Mandarino Helps Georgia Earn Top Seed

National Collegiate Equestrian Association 2018 National Championships Team Bracket

BLYTHEWOOD, S.C. — Emma Mandarino of Bedminster, N.J. helped Georgia equestrian win the SEC Conference championship and notch the top seed going into the national finals.

Georgia defeated the Gamecocks of South Carolina, 16-4, in the semifinal round of the 2018 SEC Championship on March 30 at One Wood Farm.  With the win, the Bulldogs (10-1, 6-1 SEC) advanced to the championship round for the fifth-straight year. 

In Equitation Over Fences Mandarino, a junior, scored a 162 to top her opponent’s 149.

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On March 31, Georgia equestrian became back-to-back Southeastern Conference Champions after defeating the Auburn Tigers, 12-7. Mandarino defeated her opponent, 162-150 to earn one of Georgia’s six points in the in Equitation Over Fences.

"This is an incredible feeling," head coach Meghan Boenig said. "This is such a deserving and hard-working team. We saw such dominance right from the start and I'm so proud of the atmosphere we brought here today. The senior class has led this team with enthusiasm and it had a tremendous impact on building confidence and trust within each other to get us to be back-to-back SEC Champions."

Seeding and matchups for NCEA Championships Announced

WACO, TEXAS — Seedings and matchups for the 2018 National Collegiate Equestrian Association Championship, as determined by the NCEA Selection Committee, were announced on April 3.

The nation’s top 8 teams will vie for the NCEA National Championship, set to take place April 18-21, 2018 at the Extraco Events Center in Waco, Texas.

NCEA National Championship Team Seeding

  1. Georgia
  2. Auburn
  3. Oklahoma State
  4. Texas A&M
  5. SMU
  6. TCU
  7. Baylor
  8. South Carolina

Additionally, the newly expanded NCEA National Championship format will include a team seeded bracket not to exceed 16 teams in an NCEA format competition for the four event titles. Event rankings are determined by statistics (Win/Loss; Home/Away; Current Rank of Opponent) of regular season head-to-head competition.

NCEA Event National Championships Seeding:

Equitation over Fences

  1. Texas A&M
  2. Georgia
  3. Auburn
  4. SMU
  5. Oklahoma State
  6. South Carolina
  7. TCU
  8. UT-Martin
  9. Fresno State
  10. Sweet Briar College
  11. Baylor
  12. South Dakota State
  13. Delaware State
  14. Minnesota Crookston
  15. West Texas A&M

Equitation on the Flat

  1. Georgia
  2. Auburn
  3. Oklahoma State
  4. Texas A&M
  5. SMU
  6. Delaware State
  7. TCU
  8. UT-Martin
  9. Fresno State
  10. South Carolina
  11. South Dakota State
  12. Baylor
  13. Sweet Briar College
  14. West Texas A&M
  15. Minnesota Crookston


  1. Georgia
  2. Auburn
  3. Texas A&M
  4. Oklahoma State
  5. TCU
  6. Baylor
  7. SMU
  8. South Dakota State
  9. Fresno State
  10. UT-Martin
  11. South Carolina
  12. Delaware State
  13. Minnesota Crookston
  14. West Texas A&M


  1. Georgia
  2. Oklahoma State
  3. Auburn
  4. SMU
  5. Texas A&M
  6. Baylor
  7. South Dakota State
  8. TCU
  9. South Carolina
  10. Delaware State
  11. UT-Martin
  12. Fresno State
  13. West Texas A&M
  14. Minnesota Crookston

The following NCEA Team, Event and Discipline champions will be crowned in Waco, Texas on NCEA Championship Saturday April 21, 2018:

NCEA National Champion Team: Four riders compete in each of four events per team

NCEA Event National Champions: Four riders in each event

  • Equitation over Fences
  • Equitation on the Flat
  • Horsemanship
  • Reining

NCEA Discipline National Champions:  highest combined point total from place finishes in events competition by discipline — must compete in both events of discipline to qualify

  • Hunter Seat
  • Western

Texas A&M is the defending NCEA Team National Champion. Since the first NCEA Team National Championship in 2002, Georgia has won the most titles with six, followed by Auburn (four), South Carolina (three), and Texas A&M (three).Georgia Defeats South Carolina, Advances to SEC Championship 

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