Lobos Have 119 Named to Spring MW All-Academic Squad
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The Mountain West announced its spring 2020 All-Academic squad, and The University of New Mexico picked up 119 honorees, the second-most in the league. Overall, UNM earned 180 honorees from the league for the 2019-20 academic year, continuing its streak as the only institution to finish in the top three in each of the last 17 years.
The squads were comprised of teams that competed in the winter or spring. All spring sports did not get to finish their seasons due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Boise State led in the spring with 123 honorees, and overall with 196. Utah State was second with 187.
To be eligible for selection, student-athletes must have completed at least one academic term at the member institution while maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better, and be a starter or significant contributor on their athletic team. In light of COVID-19, the total amount of completed varsity contests may be considered for those sports that began the season but did not complete it; some latitude is permitted to accommodate those student-athletes who become injured and are unable to compete in the required number of contests.
Highlights included the men’s basketball team picking up its most honors, five, since the 2014-15 season. Women’s golf, who broke records for GPA and was named the top academic team by the WGCA for a second straight year, tied for the conference high with eight student-athletes on the team. The eight tied with Wyoming and it represents the highest women’s golf total in Mountain West history.
Softball had double-digit honors for the eighth straight season, the longest current streak in the Mountain West in the sport and swimming and diving had 23 honorees, the second-most in the league in its respective sport and it set a program record.
Baseball had double-digit honorees for the eighth straight year as well, and that is also the longest active streak in the sport. Both tennis programs had eight student-athletes honored, with the men’s total leading the league and the women’s total tying for the league lead. Both totals tie program records, and both tied for the second-high totals in its respective sports.
The Mountain West will be announcing the Scholar-Athlete teams on Tuesday.