June 20, 2012
LARAMIE, Wyo. - The Mountain West Conference announced Wednesday its Scholar-Athlete awards for the 2011-12 academic year. The University of Wyoming athletics programs received 60 awards from 15 sports.
MW Scholar-Athlete awards are given each academic year to student-athletes who have completed at least two academic terms at a member institution, while maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or better and participated in at least one varsity competition in an NCAA-sponsored sport.
For Wyoming the women's track and field team earned the most awards with 15, followed by men's track and field with nine and women's volleyball with seven. Other UW sports with honorees were women's cross country (six), women's swimming and diving (five), men's cross country (four), women's basketball (three), football (three), wrestling (three), men's golf (two) as well as, women's golf, men's swimming and women's tennis each with one honoree.
Wyoming Athletics had eight student-athletes earn a 4.0 GPA for the 2011-12 academic year. For the second-consecutive year Cowgirl track had the most with three. Earning a 4.0 for Cowgirl track were Taylor Gardner, Natalie Hurst and Candace Wollert. Men's cross country/track was second with two student-athletes in Tyler Gifford and Ryan Griesbach. Also earning a 4.0 GPA were Caroline Wells (women's swimming), Veronica Popovici (women's tennis) and Rachel Keyes (volleyball).
A class breakdown of the Wyoming awards is as follows: freshmen (14), sophomore (16), junior (21), senior (eight) and graduate student (one). The average GPA of UW's 60 awards is 3.70.
Leading the conference in Scholar-Athletes was New Mexico with 106 followed by Boise State (83), TCU (65), Air Force (64), Colorado State (63), Wyoming (60), UNLV (50) and San Diego State (41). Wyoming had eight student-athletes with a 4.0 GPA which was second behind conference-leader New Mexico with 19.