June 30, 2010
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Mountain West Conference announced their Scholar-Athlete Award recipients for the 2009-10 season on Wednesday and the University of Wyoming received 51 individual awards.
The Scholar-Athlete Award is one of the highest academic honors bestowed by the MWC. It is awarded to student-athletes who have earned at least a 3.5 cumulative grade-point average, have completed at least two academic terms at their member institution and have participated in varsity competition in an NCAA-sponsored sport.
The Wyoming track and field program had 15 individual award winners, which is the most among UW's athletic programs.
The Cowgirl basketball team saw five players honored, which is a stellar 41.7 percent of their roster.
The swimming and diving team had the second most award winners with 10. Other UW sports that had student-athletes honored included cross country (5), soccer (4), football (3), men's golf (3), volleyball (3), tennis (2) and wrestling (1).
Of Wyoming's 51 awards, six were for perfect 4.0 GPAs and five of those were by track and field athletes. The track and field athletes with 4.0 GPAs include Taylor Gardner, Francis Gipson, Brandon Douglass, Tyler Gifford and Ryan Griesbach. Cowgirl swimmer Caroline Wells also achieved a perfect 4.0.
The median cumulative grade-point average for all of UW's scholar athletes was a 3.762. Of the 51 student-athletes honored, 18 were freshmen, seven were sophomores, 14 were juniors and 12 were seniors.
Of all nine MWC schools, 548 MWC student-athletes were honored and 42 achieved a cumulative 4.0 or higher GPA. This year's mark fell one shy of matching the league record of 549 honorees, set in 2008-09.