June 29, 2010
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Mountain West Conference has announced its Academic All-Conference teams for the 2010 spring sports sponsored by the league, and the University of Wyoming had 83 student-athletes honored. That number is a slight improvement over UW's total of 78 in the spring of 2009.
Those spring sports include 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.
UW's total ranks them fourth out of the nine MWC institutions: BYU (149), New Mexico (117), UNLV (92), Wyoming (83), Utah (80), TCU (73), Colorado State (62), Air Force (56) and San Diego State (48).
The UW women's swimming and diving team had 21 individuals gain recognition, followed closely by their male counterparts who had 16, as well as the Cowgirl women's track and field team which also had 16.
UW men's track and field had nine individuals earn the academic honor, women's basketball had seven, men's golf and women's tennis each had five student-athletes, while women's golf had four squad members named to the team.
Wyoming's swimming and diving team boasted a combined total of 57 student-athletes on their roster during the 2009-10 school year, of which 37 (.65 percent) were named Academic All-MWC.
Of the 83 UW student-athletes named to the team 24 were freshmen, 15 were sophomores, 22 were juniors and 22 were seniors.
The median cumulative grade point average for Wyoming's 83 honorees was 3.41.
Tops among UW's upperclassmen were senior swimmer Kaella Hartigan and junior diver Allie Smith who each have 3.93 GPAs. Three UW underclassmen have perfect marks of 4.0 so far in their young careers: freshman hurdler Brandon Douglass, freshman hurdler Taylor Gardner and sophomore swimmer Caroline Wells.
Of all nine league schools, a grand total of 760 student-athletes were named Academic All-MWC. To be eligible for selection, individuals must have completed at least one academic term at their university, must achieve a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better, and be a starter or significant contributor on their athletic team.