June 19, 2012
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Sixty-one University of Wyoming student-athletes were recognized for academic achievement Tuesday when the Mountain West Conference announced its 2012 Academic All-Conference teams. A total of 594 student-athletes made the team conference-wide.
The spring sports represented on the team included baseball, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's golf, softball, men's and women's swimming and diving, men's and women's tennis, as well as men's and women's track and field.
The UW women's track and field program led the way with 19 honorees, followed by the men's track and field team with 15 on the list. The Cowgirl swimming and diving teams had nine recipients, women's basketball had six, women's golf had five, men's golf had four and women's tennis had three.
Seven Cowboys and Cowgirls achieved a perfect 4.0 grade-point average, including Cowgirl tracksters Taylor Gardner, Natalie Hurst and Candace Wollert. Veronica Popovici (tennis), Caroline Wells (swimming), Tyler Gifford (cross country/track) and Ryan Griesbach (cross country/track) were the other 4.0 honorees. Hurst, Popovici, Wells and Wollert were 4.0 students on the 2011 Academic All-Conference team.
The UW junior class had the most representation on the list with 22, followed by sophomores (20), seniors (11) and eight freshmen. The average GPA for the 61 recipients was 3.50.
New Mexico led the conference with 108 award winners, followed by Boise State (98), UNLV (78), CSU and TCU with 68 apiece, Wyoming (61), Air Force (60) and San Diego State rounded out the list with 53.
In order to receive the honor, the student-athlete must have completed at least one academic semester/quarter at the member institution AND have a cumulative grade-point-average, at the member institution, of 3.0 or better. The student-athlete also must have competed in 50 percent of the team's varsity contests.