Wyoming Women Return Four of Top Five from Last Season's MW Championship
Cowgirls Finish Seventh in Team Standings
Rico and Zamprelli Move Up A Combined Seven Spots On Leaderboard
Cowgirls Seventh in Team Standings After Round One
Tournament Begins Friday in Phoenix
2011-12 (Senior): Juanita Rico ended her Wyoming career with an exceptional senior season. She was UW's top individual finisher at eight of UW's 10 events and finished second at the other two, while collecting seven top-25 overall finishes to up her career total to 22. She also was named the Mountain West Golfer of the Month for March after collecting top-20 finishes in four tournaments during the month, including two top-five showings. The honor was the first for a Cowgirl since 2000 and second ever. Her lowest score of the season was a 218 (+2) for 13th at the spring's MountainView Collegiate, as her performance tied for the fourth lowest individual event score in program history. Her highest finish was a third-place showing at the weather-shortened Nevada Wolf Pack Classic in the fall, after she tied her career-best round with a 69 (-3) during the event. Rico followed that up with a 226 (+1) to tie for sixth place at the Cowgirl Desert Intercollegiate to conclude the fall season. During the spring, she placed in the top-25 at five of UW's six tournaments, paced by a fourth-place finish at the Fresno State Lexus Classic with a 221 (+5). In 27 rounds of action during the season, she averaged 75.5 strokes per round to set a Wyoming all-time record and rank seventh in the MW during 2011-12. After the season, Rico was named to the Academic All-MWC team.
2010-11 (Junior): Wyoming's most consistent golfer during the season, Rico played in all 10 tournaments and finished as the top Cowgirl in six events, including the last four. In 30 rounds of action, she averaged a team-low 76.7 strokes per round and never finished outside UW's top four scorers. Her low score and high finish of the season was 219 (+3) to tie for 10th at the MountainView Collegiate. The finish was the highest for a Cowgirl during the season. She carded a season-low 70 (-2) during the third round of the BYU Entrada Classic. She was UW's top finisher at the Mountain West Conference Championship with a 226 (+10) to tie for 24th place. After the season, Rico was named to the Academic All-MWC team.
2009-10 (Sophomore): Rico's season got off to a rocky start, but she more than made up for it by the fourth event. After finishing no higher than 34th in the previous tournaments, she turned it on for a second-place showing at the Oregon State Guistina Memorial, shooting a 223(+7). She also led Wyoming at the Cowgirl Classic, shooting a 229(+13) in a tie for 25th. She shot a 238(+22) at the MWC Championships, which tied for 24th. After the season, Rico was named to the Academic All-MWC team.
2008-09 (Freshman): Rico started her first fall season a little slowly, but came on towards the end with three top-20 finishes. Her top finish of the season came at the Bronco Fall Invite where the Cowgirls finished first out of 12 teams and Rico finished 10th out of 69 individuals. Her best round came at the CU/Heather Farr Memorial, where her second round 69(-3) was tops for the Cowgirls, and helped lead the Cowgirls to their lowest team tournament score 891(+27). After the season, Rico was named to the Academic All-MWC team.
High School: During the summer of 2008, Rico was the Provincial Champion of Alberta and finished 12th at the Royale Canadian Nationals. She also was in the top 25 at the Optimist International Championship. In November 2007, the Canadian Junior Golf Association (CJGA) awarded Rico its 2007 Helena Harbridge Sportsmanship Award. The award recognizes sportsmanship, dedication and commitment to the game of golf. During that season, Rico won two of the three CJGA tournaments in which she played and finished second in the third event. In 2007, she was also honored with the Alberta Junior Order of Merit award, as well as being named the Athlete of the Week by the Calgary CTV Channel. In 2005, she was the Champion in the Royale Canadian Junior Girls Championship Division for 15 year olds.
Personal: Juanita was born Nov. 8, 1989, in Bogotá, Colombia. She is the daughter of Norberto Rico and Luisa Pardo. She is majoring in communications at UW.