June 25, 2013
LARAMIE, Wyo. - The Mountain West Conference announced Tuesday its Scholar-Athlete awards for the 2012-13 academic year. The University of Wyoming received 71 awards from 15 sports.
The MW Scholar-Athlete award is one of the highest academic honors bestowed by the conference. It is given each 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 10, followed by a tie between the women's volleyball and soccer teams with seven apiece. The football and men's track and field teams had six honorees, while women's cross country/track and field and the men's and women's swimming and diving teams had five each. The wrestling team had four achieve the award, while women's basketball, women's golf and women's tennis each had three named. Men's basketball, women's cross country and men's golf each had one honoree.
Wyoming had 11 student-athletes earn a 4.0 GPA for the 2012-13 academic year. For the third consecutive year, the Cowgirl track and field team had the most with four. Earning the mark was Catherine Cloetta, Taylor Gardner, Natalie Hurst and Candace Wollert. The men's cross country/track team was second with three student-athletes in Tyler Gifford, Michael Seas and Quinn Rivera. Also earning a 4.0 GPA were Madison Graham and Veronica Popovici (tennis), Nicole Hlavacek (swimming and diving) and Rachel Keyes (volleyball).
A class breakdown of the Wyoming awards is as follows: freshmen (13), sophomore (14), junior (21), senior (23).
Leading the conference in Scholar-Athletes was New Mexico with 131 and was followed by Boise State with 78. Wyoming and Fresno State tied for third at 71, while Colorado State (64), Air Force (57), Nevada (51), SDSU (49) and UNLV (47) followed.A league-record 623 student-athletes were honored, including 54 individuals who have achieved a 4.00 or higher cumulative grade point average over two or more terms, and 63 student-athletes who were recognized in multiple sports. The 623 honorees surpass the previous MW high of 581 from the 2010-11 season.