UW Student-Athletes Achieve High Classroom Marks

June 7, 2001

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

Spring semester grades have beenreleased, and student-athletes from Wyoming's 17 intercollegiate programsproduced some impressive marks.

Some 300 student-athletes in the intercollegiate athleticsdepartment compiled an overall grade-point average of 3.06, for the springsemester, an improvement from the fall's 2.93 GPA.

The Cowgirl golf team was the most impressive of the group finishingthe spring semester with a 3.75 overall GPA. Four of the team's 10 membersfinished the latest semester with a perfect 4.0. Five additional teammembers earned a 3.6 GPA or better. The team received the AthleticDirector's Award for 2001. The newly-established award was developed torecognize team GPA, community service and outstanding behavior.

The Cowboy football team made the biggest progress from the fallsemester to the spring term. The Cowboys posted a 2.31 during the fall, butimproved to 2.82 during the spring.

Including women's golf, eight of the department's programs earned3.0 GPA's or better. The other seven were women's basketball (3.35), men'sgolf (3.09), women's swimming (3.07), women's soccer (3.33), women's tennis(3.10), women's track (3.25) and women's volleyball (3.30).

There were a total of 29 student-athletes who produced a 4.0average, including six from football, five from women's soccer and the fourfrom women's golf. Every program but two had at least one, 4.0 student.

"We are extremely proud of what our student-athletes haveaccomplished in the classroom," Athletics Director Lee Moon said. "It is agreat illustration of the dedication these young people have. It certainlyis not easy to balance academics with athletics. It's always impressive tome how they are able to deal with the pressure of excelling in both areas.It is also a great reflection on our coaches, and the importance they placeon this, the most important aspect of the collegiate experience. I want tocommend Dr. Pete Toye and his staff in Student Services for their hard work.They care about each and every young person, and it certainly is reflectedby these efforts in the classroom."