June 20, 2013
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -
Hard work in the classroom paid dividends for 62 University of Wyoming student-athletes, as the Mountain West Conference on Thursday announced its spring 2013 Academic All-Conference team.
Among those recognized in the Brown and Gold were 16 women's track and field participants, followed by men's track and field with 14. Women's swimming and diving had 10 honorees, followed by women's basketball with seven, men's golf with five, men's basketball with four and women's golf and women's tennis with three each.
A total of 729 student-athletes from across the MW made the list.
Six UW student-athletes achieved perfect 4.0 GPAs, including freshman swimmer Nicole Hlavacek (pharmacy), junior tennis player Veronica Popovici (family and consumer science), freshman trackster Michael Seas (chemical engineering), junior trackster Taylor Gardner (physiology), junior trackster Natalie Hurst (finance) and junior trackster Candace Wollert in dietetics. The average GPA of the 62 honorees was 3.49.
The UW contingent was comprised of 22 juniors, 21 seniors, 12 freshmen and seven sophomores.
UW was among nine institutions represented on the list. In order to receive the honor, a 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.
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.