April 4, 2002
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
A trio of University ofWyoming student-athletes were recently chosen by theNational Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as AllAmerican Athletes for 2002.
Football senior Leo Caires, track and field freshman BrianSinner and tennis sophomore Jenny Bowman were acknowledgedfor their passion and hard work in and out of the weightroom.
Caires, a linebacker from Maui, Hawaii, completed hisCowboy football career last fall after rebounding from abroken bone in his leg sustained during the second game ofthe 2000 season. Granted a medical hardship and extra yearof eligibility by the NCAA, Caires responded by starting all11 games and leading Wyoming with 101 total tackles in 2001.He racked up 57 solo tackles, 44 assists, six tackles forloss, one interception and a fumble recovery.
Caires ended his career with 160 total tackles (100 solo)and 2 1/2 sacks. After originally coming to Wyoming as awalk-on, he earned a full scholarship through his hard work,was twice elected a team captain and graduated with hisbachelor's degree in animal science in May of 2001.
Cowgirl tennis player Jenny Bowman has also set a standardof excellence. A native of Sacramento, Cali., Bowman steppedinto the UW women's tennis program last year and made animmediate impact. She played number-one singles and doublesall year, quite an accomplishment for a freshman.
Biology major, Bowman has stepped up her game this season.She leads the Cowgirls with a 16-5 mark in singles play andhas teamed with Jen Hancock to run up a 13-6 record indoubles matches this season. For her career Bowman hasposted a 29-22 singles mark and now stands 20-29 in doublescompetition.
The youngest of the bunch, UW track and field freshmanBrian Sinner has been was an instant contributor to theCowboy program last fall. The Yoder, Wyo. native saved hisbest performance of the season for when it mattered most,finishing fifth in the triple jump with a leap of 45-8 atthe Mountain West Conference Indoor Championships inColorado Springs, Colo.
Sinner, the 2000 Wyoming 1A triple jump champion forSoutheast High School, is studying nutrition at theUniversity of Wyoming. He and Bowman were nominated for theaward by strength and conditioning coach Paula Allan whileCaires was nominated by strength and conditioning coachScott Bennett for their hard work in and out of the weightroom.
This year, 184 athletes from 84 colleges and universitiesfrom across the country in 19 competitive sport categorieswere selected All-American Strength and ConditioningAthletes based on their athletic accomplishments, academicand personal achievements, community involvement andleadership qualities.
Made possible by a grant from Knoxville, Tenn. fitnessproduct company Power Systems, Inc., the NSCA All-Americanathlete of the year award program is in its 19th year. Acomplete list of 2002 All-American athletes is available onthe NSCA website at www.nsca-lift.org.