Tamara Lehnertz and Katie Bigger Named Academic All-District VII

May 26, 2006


University of Wyoming swimmers Tamara Lehnertz and Katie Bigger were recently selected to the 2006 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America® University Division Women's At-Large All-District VII Team as selected by CoSIDA.

Lehnertz, who has earned a cumulative 3.90 GPA in Chemistry Education, was named to the First Team while Bigger, who has achieved a 3.82 cumulative GPA in Psychology, was named to the Second Team. By being named to the First Team, Lehnertz is now a candidate for Academic All-America which will be announced in early June.

The Academic All-District team is a part of the Academic All-America program. Student-athletes are selected in voting by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). CoSIDA District VII is made up of the states of Wyoming, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and the Canadian provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan.

To qualify, a student-athlete must have achieved a minimum of 3.20 cumulative grade-point average, must be at least a sophomore athletically and academically and must have participated in at least 50 percent of the team's competitions.

Lehnertz, a junior captain from Littleton, Colo., earned Second Team All-Mountain West Conference honors this season after placing fifth in the 200 freestyle at the 2006 MWC Championships. She was also a member of the 800 freestyle relay team that set a new Wyoming record. She is a two-time MWC Scholar Athlete and Academic All-Conference selection. She currently holds the second fastest 100 and 200 freestyle times in UW history and the fourth fastest time in the 500 freestyle. She is also a member of the school record 400 medley relay team. She earned both First and Second Team All-MWC honors as a sophomore as she scored 136 team points at the 2005 MWC Championships.

Bigger, a junior from Shawnee, Kan., was named Second Team All-MWC this season after placing sixth in the 200 butterfly at the 2006 MWC Championships. She was a member of the 800 freestyle relay team which set a new all-time Wyoming record. She is a two-time Mountain West Conference Scholar Athlete and a two-time Academic All-Conference selection. She holds the fourth fastest 200 freestyle time in Wyoming history.

Following is a complete listing of Academic All-District VII women's At-Large Team honorees.

University Division

Name, School, Yr., Hometown, GPA, Major(s)

Kelly Evans, SOUTH DAKOTA STATE, Sr., Brookings, S.D., 4.00, Microbiology
Briena Kappes, NORTH DAKOTA STATE, Sr., Oxbow, N.D., 4.00, Psychology
Kelly Tessar, SAINT LOUIS, Sr., Nashville, Tenn., 3.95, Occupational therapy
Tamara Lehnertz, WYOMING, Jr., Littleton, Colo., 3.90, Chemistry education
Wendi Webster, WICHITA STATE, Sr., Andover, Kan., 4.00, French, international business
Lindsey Miles, KANSAS, Jr., Halstead, Kan., 4.00, Community health, nursing
Jill Mueller, SAINT LOUIS, Sr., Cincinnati, Ohio, 3.93, Arts & sciences contract option
Kacey Oiness, IOWA STATE, Sr., Henderson, Nev., 3.84, Psychology
Krista Swanson, MONTANA, Jr., Forest Lake, Minn., 4.00, Elementary education
Jasi Acharya, MONTANA, Sr., Columbus, Mont., 3.79, Business administration


Jackie Beste, NEBRASKA, Sr., Sauk Center, Minn., 3.84, Accounting
Katie Chiu, CREIGHTON, Jr., Sioux Falls, S.D., 3.91, Biology
Jessica Simosa, KANSAS STATE, Sr., Valencia, Venezuela, 3.91, Operations management, economics
Karen Groll, NORTHERN COLORADO, So., Tucson, Ariz., 4.0, Mathematics
Amanda Miller, NORTH DAKOTA STATE, So., Wahpeton, N.D., 4.00, Agricultural economics
Dana Moening, NORTHERN IOWA, Sr., Cold Spring, Minn., 3.87, Biomedical
Katie Bigger, WYOMING, Jr., Shawnee, Kan., 3.82, Psychology
Nancilea Underwood, IOWA, Sr., Spring, Texas, 3.55, International studies
Imke Reimers, NEBRASKA, So., Popenburg, Germany, 3.94, Math
Anne Andersen, COLORADO STATE, So., Hadsund, Denmark, 3.95, Economics