The University of New Mexico had 102 student-athletes named to the Mountain West Conference's All-Academic squad, the third consecutive spring that the Lobos picked up at least 100 honors. The Lobos were led by a Mountain West record 12 selections from women's basketball, and a league record-tying seven from men's tennis.
The haul of 102 was part of the Mountain West's 782 student-athletes that earned All-Academic honors. 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.
The 102 honors for the Lobos marked the third straight year that UNM cracked the century mark, and fifth time in the last six years. The 102 was the second-highest number in the league, behind BYU's 157. Only the Lobos and the Cougars have ever recorded 100 or more honorees in a season.
The 102 gave the Lobos 162 for the year, as UNM had a school record 60 honorees in the fall. The 162 was two away from UNM's single-year record of 164 set in 2008-09. The Lobos had 12 players earn All-Academic honors in women's basketball under former coach Don Flanagan. The previous record for women's basketball was 11, set in 2002-03 by Wyoming. Under Alan Dils, men's tennis tied a league record with seven honorees. It was the sixth time that a men's tennis squad had seven honored, and the Lobos were one of three this year alone.
Other solid gains were made by men's basketball, who had their highest total since 2005-06, swimming and diving, who had 19, just one off their record of 20 set last year, and women's tennis, who finished one off their previous record of eight.
Additionally, The University of New Mexico had 126 student-athletes named Mountain West Scholar-Athletes, including 21 that have maintained a 4.0 grade point average or higher. The 126 is a part of a league-wide 581 student-athletes that were honored across the Mountain West.
This year's mark shattered the previous league record of 549 honorees, set in 2008-09.
The MW Scholar-Athlete Award is one of the highest academic honors bestowed by the conference. To be eligible for selection, student-athletes must have completed at least two academic terms at the member institution, while maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or better, and have participated in varsity competition in an NCAA-sponsored sport.
The Lobos were represented by nearly every sport sponsored by the New Mexico athletics department, including 48 Lobos off the track and cross country programs, headed by Joe Franklin. Also scoring well were women's soccer with 12 scholar-athletes, swimming and diving with 11, skiing with 10, and men's golf with seven.
Four Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-Americans led the way for the Lobos, including Tor-Hakon Hellebostad of skiing and Travis Ross of men's golf, who both were First Team Academic All-Americans. Also on the squad were Third Team Academic All-Americans Amanda Best of women's basketball and Kelly Williamson of volleyball. Swimming and diving and women's basketball each had three student-athletes record a 4.0 GPA or better.
4.0 or better Lobos:
Amanda Best, women's basketball
Caroline Durbin, women's basketball
Lauren Taylor, women's basketball
Lacey Oeding, cross country & track
Ashlee Smalley, cross country & track
Travis Ross, men's golf
Sofia Hoglund, skiing
Tor-Hakon Hellebostad, skiing
Terese Andersson, skiing
Jael Fanning, women's soccer
Madeline Greene, softball
Melissa Bollig, swimming
Maria Dudley, swimming
Nan Wittenberg, swimming
Michaela Bezdickova, women's tennis
Kristin Eggleston, women's tennis
Chad Clark, track
Thomas Trujillo, track
Kelly Williamson, volleyball