Wyoming Student-Athlete Hometown Reports

Nov. 26, 2004

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

Following are periodic highlights of selected University of Wyoming student-athletes, detailing recent performances and their contributions to their respective UW teams.

Check out these reports on Cowgirl basketball player Erin Hicks, Cowgirl swimmer Tamara Lehnertz and wrestler Patrick Shuler.

Erin Hicks, G, 5-9, Jr., Mountain Home, Idaho (Northwest College)


Junior Erin Hicks

Erin Hicks, a junior guard from Mountain Home, Idaho, a transfer from Northwest College, led the University of Wyoming Cowgirls to their first victory of the season last Sunday over the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, 61-43. In the contest Hicks had a career-high with 19 points, eight rebounds, and eight steals. She shot five of eight from the field and eight of eight from the free throw line. The most impressive stat, however, would have to be her eight steals, which is a new Arena Auditorium record for steals in a single game (second in all games). "Erin Hicks did a great job for us (tonight). To get almost a triple-double out of your point guard in 39 minutes of play shows the heart she has and the effort that she gives every night," said Head Coach Joe Legerski. The Cowgirls hope to get more of this type of play out of the junior guard. Hicks and the Cowgirls return to the court this weekend when they host the Denver Pioneers on Friday.

Tamara Lehnertz, Freestyle, 5-6, Sophomore, 1L, Littleton, Colo. (Arapahoe)


Sophomore Tamara Lehnertz

Tamara Lehnertz, a sophomore from Arapahoe High School in Littleton, Colo., has been making waves in the pool for the University of Wyoming Cowgirl Swimming team. With the help of Lehnertz, the Cowgirls won 15 of 16 events to down Mountain West Conference rival San Diego State, 173-119. Lehnertz had a huge weekend in the dual, winning two events and also helping out in two relay wins. Lehnertz swam key legs in the 200 medley and the 400 freestyle relay, which were won in 1:48.67 and 3:38.53, respectively. Individually, the super sophomore got points for the Cowgirls by winning the 100 and 200 freestyle races in 53.77 and 1:55.15. She was just above her career-best times set last year as a freshman. After a break for Thanksgiving, Lehnertz and the Cowgirl swim team hope to continue making progress at the Vegas Invite in mid-December.

Patrick Shuler, Junior, 149, Madison Heights, Va.


Junior Patrick Shuler

Patrick Shuler, a junior from Madison Heights, VA, had a superb weekend for the University of Wyoming Wrestling team. The 149 pound wrestler wrestled eight times en route to going 6-2 at the Brand-Kaufman Open at the University of Nebraska-Omaha to finish fifth on the day. In a very competitive weight class that was filled with several ranked wrestlers in Division I and other various classifications, Shuler managed to put together a very successful day. "This is the first time I have seen Patrick wrestle the way he did and he did a good job," said head coach Steven Suder. His six wins were highlighted by an 18-3 technical fall in 5:39. Shuler was making his way through the consolations and had wrestled all the way back to the consolation semi-finals only to fall to Iowa's Ty Eustice. However, the weekend was not a total loss as Shuler received a win in the 5th place match since his opponent was unable to wrestle. Shuler hopes to keep the momentum up as he and the rest of the Cowboys travel to Las Vegas for the Cliff Keen Invitational next weekend.