June 23, 2008
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Mountain West Conference office announced on Monday their 2007-08 Scholar-Athlete Award recipients. 54 University of Wyoming individuals received the highest academic honor bestowed by the Conference, highlighted by eight members of the Cowgirl Swimming and Diving program. The Cowgirl Basketball team was also well represented with six selections.
A total of 506 league student-athletes were honored from the nine MWC member institutions, including 20 individuals who have achieved a 4.00 or higher cumulative grade point average over two or more terms. Additionally, 40 student-athletes were recognized in multiple sports, bringing the overall number of awards presented to 546.
Wyoming's 54 individual honorees break down as follows by sport: Women's Swimming and Diving (8), Women's Basketball (6), Men's Swimming and Diving (5), Soccer (5), Women's Cross Country (5), Women's Track and Field (5), Tennis (4), Women's Golf (4), Men's Track and Field (3), Volleyball (3), Football (2), Wrestling (2), Men's Cross Country (1) and Men's Golf (1).
To be eligible for selection as a Scholar-Athlete, student-athletes must have completed at least two academic terms at the member institution, while maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or better, and have participated in varsity competition for their athletic team.
BYU had a league-high 117 Scholar-Athletes, followed by New Mexico (80), Utah (64), TCU (57), Wyoming (54), Colorado State (52), Air Force and UNLV (43), as well as San Diego State (36).
The Scholar-Athlete announcement comes on the heels of the MWC's Spring Academic All-Conference selections last week where 74 UW team members were honored. Wyoming placed 34 student-athletes on the Fall Academic All-MWC squad. The two classroom-based league honors differ in that Academic All-MWC honorees must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better and be a starter or significant contributor on their athletic team.