LEXINGTON, Ky. -- College of Charleston freshman Kenzie Russell rode to victory at the IHSA National Championship Horse Show at the Kentucky Horse Park on Thursday, giving the Cougars a national champion for the second straight year.
Russell won the Individual Walk Trot Canter class and was awarded the perpetual John Conyers Memorial Trophy.
"Kenzie had the perfect draw and the perfect ride," Charleston coach Bob Story said. "She had flawless ring management as well, and we are all very excited for her."
Junior McKenzie Armour, who won a national championship for the Cougars last year, finished 11th in Individual Novice Fences and sixth in Individual Intermediate Flat.
Senior Alex Percival will compete today in the Individual Walk Trot Championship class.
South Carolina picked up two big pieces for its offensive line when brothers Brock and Clayton Stadnik of Greensboro, N.C., announced commitments to the Gamecocks.
Brock Stadnik (6-5, 270) is regarded as one of the top offensive line prospects in the country and had multiple offers from major BCS conference programs. Clayton Stadnik (6-3, 255) plays center and is a deep snapper.
Their commitments give USC five for the 2012 class.
College of Charleston's Matt Leeds and The Citadel's Nick Orvin were named to the Capital One Academic All- District 3 team.
Leeds, a junior third baseman, was named to the first team. He's an accounting major with minors in economics and finance, and is batting .369 with 15 home runs and 67 RBIs.
Orvin, a junior outfielder from Moncks Corner, was named to the second team. He is a physical education major with a 3.75 GPA and a .306 batting average this season, with a team-high seven home runs.
--In honor of Mothers' Day, College of Charleston is offering free admisison to all fans for Sunday's 1 p.m. game against UNC Greensboro at Patriots Point. The first 100 mothers will receive a free gift.
College of Charleston was swept in a Southern Conference doubleheader against Samford in Birmingham, Ala.
The Cougars (32-19, 11-11 SoCon) lost, 12-8 and 4-3 .
Charleston plays Samford (13-37, 9-14) again today in a 3 p.m. start.