UW Sports Roundup: Shyatt’s Camps; V-ball, B-ball, Swimming, Tennis, Graduating Athletes & more

LARAMIE, Wyo. (May 8, 2014) – University of Wyoming men’s basketball coach Larry Shyatt announced Thursday that his annual summer camps in Laramie are filling up quickly, but spots are still available. Shyatt, his staff and all returning Cowboy players will provide instruction at each camp. Shyatt will host the “A Day with the Cowboys” Camp on June 8 and 9. Boys and girls in kindergarten through 12th grade can participate on either day for $80 or $140 for both days. Shyatt’s Individual Camp will be from Jun 9-12 for boys ages 8 to 18 with prices starting at $270. Shyatt’s Team Camp takes place on June 7 with teams costing $250. More information, including registration forms, can be found online at CowboyBasketballCamps.com or by calling the Wyoming men’s basketball office at 307-766-5114.

UW Swimming and Diving Honors Team and Individuals at Awards Dinner; Hartigan and Kalms earned Athlete of the Year honors

LARAMIE, Wyo. (May 9, 2014) – The University of Wyoming swimming and diving teams celebrated their season with their annual banquet in the Wildcatter Stadium Club and SuitesThe Cowboys and Cowgirls handed out awards varying from Most Outstanding Athlete to Scholar Athlete.

Senior Morgan Hartigan and junior Adam Kalms earned Most Outstanding Athlete honors. Hartigan earned a spot in the NCAA Championship and also became the first Cowgirl to swim in an individual medley event at the NCAA championship. Kalms earned his second Honorable Mention All-America honor this season in the 200 freestyle. He also became the third Cowboy to earn multiple All-America honors joining Scott Usher (2003-05) and Mark Miller (1987-88).

Senior diver Derek Campbell was named Diver of the Year. He was the Western Athletic Conference champion in the 3-meter springboard. He also earned Second Team All-WAC in the 1-meter springboard. Earlier in the season, he set the second-best score in Wyoming history in the 3-meter event with a tally of 379.65.

Most Improved Athletes went to freshmen Jacob Rehmeier and Danielle Badger. Rehmeier earned First Team All-WAC honors in the on the 3-meter springboard. He also earned Second Team All-WAC in the 1-meter springboard. Badger appeared in five meets for the Cowgirls in her first season with the program. She swam a season-best time of 24.72 in the 50 freestyle in duals against UIC and Northwestern.

The Scholar Athlete Award was awarded to sophomore Kyle Scalise and junior Aliyah Mikulski. Both athletes were named to their respective Academic All-Conference teams. Most Inspirational Athlete awards went to seniors Ethan Griffel and Amanda Fay.

The final award given out was the Best in the West Trophy given to the student-athletes who have worked the hardest in Wyoming’s offseason conditioning. The winners of the award went to juniors Michael McCormick and Emily Stucky.

Boehm Receives Award from UW College of Business Award Given at 63rd Annual Recognition Dinner

LARAMIE, Wyo. (May 9, 2014) – The University of Wyoming’s College of Business hosted the 63rd annual Recognition Dinner on April 26 at the UW Conference Center and junior goalkeeper Alex Boehm was one of the many students to receive an award from the college. Students, faculty, parents, alumni and staff gathered to honor those from within the college for their excellence this past year.

Boehm, a Wilsonville, Ore., native and Saint Mary’s College transfer, received an Outstanding Student Award in business administration. Along with other upperclassmen she was recognized by the Department of Management and Marketing.

“Alex has shown a great amount of determination and ability to balance both academics and athletics,” Wyoming head coach Pete Cuadrado said. “It is the standard that we expect for future team members on and off the field. She is very deserving of this award from the College of Business.”

Boehm started 20 matches for the Cowgirls this past season. She made 69 saves for UW, which placed her sixth in the Mountain West to go along with four shutouts. In her first full season as a starter, her 1.43 goals-against average is fourth all-time for the Cowgirl program.

  Cowboy Basketball Promotes Watsabaugh LARAMIE, Wyo. (May 9, 2014) – University of Wyoming men’s basketball coach Larry Shyatt announced Friday the promotion of Rob Watsabaugh from graduate assistant coach to Director of Player Development and Strength and Conditioning. Watsabaugh replaces Chris Poole, who accepted a teaching position at McMurry University in Abilene, Texas. “I speak for our entire staff and team when I say we are thrilled to have Rob in a full-time position with our basketball program,” Shyatt said. “Ever since his playing days, Rob has shown a tremendous work ethic and seriousness in regards to our profession both on the court and in the classroom. I know our basketball family is excited to officially welcome our Jackson, Wyo.,-native to our staff.” A native of Jackson, Wyo., Watsabaugh has been a member of the Wyoming men’s basketball program for the last five seasons. He spent 2012-13 and 2013-14 as a graduate assistant on the coaching staff, as he helped the Cowboys to postseason berths each season. Watsabaugh was pursuing his master’s degree in kinesiology and health promotion during that time and will graduate this fall. Previously, he was a forward for the Cowboys from 2009-10 to 2011-12. He was a valuable reserve for Wyoming off the bench in his senior season, as he played in 31 of UW’s 33 games and helped the Cowboys to their first postseason berth in four years. Watsabaugh graduated from UW with his bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and health promotion in May of 2012. “I’d like to thank coach Shyatt and the rest of the staff for believing in me and keeping me as part of this program,” Watsabaugh said. “I couldn’t be happier with the position and being able to stay here in Laramie and help Wyoming basketball in any way I can. I’m very glad the coaching staff allowed me to stay and still be part of the family here.”   Wyoming Tennis Ranked Among Leaders in ITA Attendance; Cowgirls averaged 200 fans for the month of April LARAMIE, Wyo. (May 9, 2014) — The Cowgirl tennis team finished the 2014 spring season ranked seventh in average attendance for the month of April, while they had the second highest single-match in February against Colorado Mesa. “Congratulations to our wonderful fans in helping us reach the Top 10 in attendance this season,” head coach Dean Clower said. “The support from our great community makes UW the best place to coach and play in the country. Thanks again to you all for the support we have.” Wyoming averaged 200 fans (400 total) having attended matches for the month of April which was seventh behind some of the top schools in the country. Of the three matches in February and April, the Cowgirls tallied 737 fans for an average of 246 per match. Their largest crowd was 337 against Colorado Mesa on Feb. 7, which was the second largest single-match crowd during the month of February. The Cowgirls closed out the season April 26th at the Mountain West Championships in Fresno, Calif. They went 11-8 overall and 4-1 in the Mountain West on the season.

Cowgirl Volleyball to Tour EuropeUW will play six matches while on the trip

LARAMIE, Wyo. (May 9, 2014) – Beginning on Thursday, the Wyoming volleyball team will embark on an 11-day European adventure. The Cowgirls will visit four countries including the Czech Republic, Austria, Slovenia and Italy. In addition, they will play six matches against various teams. Every four years, the NCAA allows teams to take an international tour.

“This is an excellent opportunity for this group to grow as a team and compete against some of the top teams in Europe,” head coach Chad Callihan said.  “The European style is a little different and it will be great for our group to pick up some new ideas that we can incorporate into our systems.  With the loss of four great seniors, I think this tour will also allow some new personalities to emerge and begin to take on more of a leadership role.”

     After departing from the United States on May 15, the Cowgirls will land in Prague, Czech Republic. They will have site seeing opportunities followed by matches on the 17th and 18th. From there, they will spend one night in Vienna, Austria before three nights in Maribor, Slovenia. There they will play two more matches and take in the sites.

On May 23, the Cowgirls will visit Italy, their fourth and final country. Their first stop will be the beautiful city of Venice. On Saturday, they will arrive in Milan for a pair of matches. The Cowgirls will return home to Laramie on May 27.

The team will provide coverage throughout the trip through a blog and social media. Follow the Cowgirls on Twitter and Facebook using the hashtag #CowgirlsinEurope for more updates.

May 15: Leave USA

May 16: Arrive in Prague, Czech Republic.

May 17: Sightseeing; match vs. Olymp Praha

May 18: Sightseeing; match vs. Czech Republic Junior National Team

May 19: Arrive in Vienna, Austria. Sightseeing only

May 20: Arrive in Maribor, Slovenia

May 21: Sightseeing; match vs. Slovenian Training Team

May 22: Sightseeing; match vs. Slovenian Training Team

May 23: Arrive in Venice, Italy. Sightseeing only

May 24: Arrive in Milan, Italy

May 25: Sightseeing; match vs. Club Italia

May 26: Sightseeing; match vs. Club Italia

May 27: Depart from Milan to USA


Legerski Announces Changes to RosterGordon and Thiam not returning for upcoming year

LARAMIE, Wyo. (May 9, 2014) — Head coach Joe Legerski announced that sophomores Fatima Thiam and Whitney Gordon will not return to the team for the upcoming 2014-15 season. Thiam will continue her education at the University of Wyoming after receiving a medical hardship, while Gordon’s plans are still undecided.

“We wish both young women all the best as they pursue their education,” Legerski said.

Legerski said the Wyoming coaching staff and players would have no further comment.

University of Wyoming Athletics Honored Graduating Seniors at Thursday Night Reception; 30 Cowboy and Cowgirl Graduates Attend Event With Their Families

      Laramie, Wyo. (May 9, 2014) — On Thursday night, the University of Wyoming Athletics Department held a special reception for its student-athletes who are participating in 2014 spring semester graduation ceremonies this coming weekend.  Approximately 30 Cowboy and Cowgirl student-athletes along with their families, UW faculty and UW Athletics coaching and administrative staffs attended the reception held in the Wildcatter Stadium Club & Suites at War Memorial Stadium. The reception was a new event for UW Athletics.  Each student-athlete was presented with an athletics graduation stole to wear along with the graduation stole from their college.  The UW Athletics graduation stole is white with the familiar Steamboat Bucking Horse and Rider emblem on the right-hand side of the stole and a W-Club emblem on the left.  Each graduating student-athlete will also receive a free W-Club membership for the coming year.  The W-Club is the official organization for former Cowboy and Cowgirl student-athletes and coaches. Julie Manning, Senior Associate Athletics Director for Sport Administration and Senior Woman Administrator helped to organize the inaugural event. “The main thrust behind the reception was to provide our graduating student-athletes with special recognition for achieving this academic milestone,” said Manning.  “In the past couple of years, I’ve known other institutions that have conducted similar events.  Student-Athlete Advisory Committees (SAAC) from a number of universities have also provided input that being recognized at graduation ceremonies in a unique way, in a different way than the regular student population is something they feel is a nice reward for their hard work. “I think it pays the proper respect to the ceremony of graduation by presenting each of our graduating student-athletes with a special athletics graduation stole.  Our stole being white with the brown and gold emblems should really stand out against the brown graduation gowns during graduation ceremonies this weekend.”