Sixty-Two Wyoming Student-Athletes Earn Mountain West Scholar Athlete Awards

June 28, 2011

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -

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The University of Wyoming had 62 student-athletes honored as Mountain West Scholar-Athletes for the 2010-11 academic year, announced by the conference office Tuesday.

The MW Scholar-Athlete award is given at the end of each school 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 have participated in varsity competition in an NCAA-sponsored sport.

Wyoming Cowgirl track and field earned the most MW Scholar-Athletes for the last year at 13. Following Cowgirl track was Cowboy track and field with nine, Cowgirl swimming and diving with eight, Cowgirl volleyball with six, Cowboy cross-country with five, Cowgirl cross-country and Cowboy football with four, Cowgirl basketball, Cowboy golf and Cowgirl tennis with three, Cowboy swimming and diving with two and Cowgirl soccer with one.

UW had 11 student-athletes finish the academic year with a grade point average of 4.00. Cowgirl tracksters had the most individuals with five. The 11 student-athletes with GPA's of 4.00 include senior trackster Francis Gipson, sophomore harrier Tyler Gifford, junior harrier Ryan Griesbach, junior swimmer Caroline Wells, freshman tennis player Veronica Popvici, sophomore trackster Kristen Nielsen, freshmen tracksters Emily Hirschfeld, Natalie Hurst and Candace Wollert and freshmen volleyball players Rachel Keyes and Emily Rochelle.

The class breakdown for UW is as follows: 12 seniors, 13 juniors, 17 sophomores and 20 freshmen. The average GPA of the 62 student-athletes honored was 3.77. With 62 honorees Wyoming tied CSU for fourth in terms of overall total.

Leading the way for Scholar-Athletes of MW member institutions was New Mexico with 126, followed by BYU with 110, Utah with 78, UW and CSU with 62, TCU with 57, UNLV with 53, Air Force with 51 and San Diego State with 46.