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FLC women’s basketball wins RMAC Brechler award

Team named top-academic women’s basketball squad
Fort Lewis College Director of Athletics Travis Whipple, left, and head women’s basketball coach Taylor Harris celebrate after the team won the RMAC Brechler award recently. The team had the highest GPA in the conference among its peers with a 3.57. (Courtesy of Regina Curry)

The Fort Lewis College women’s basketball team recently won the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference's 2022-23 Brechler Award, recognizing the Skyhawks squad as the league’s top academic women’s basketball team with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.57.

The Brechler Awards are named in honor of Paul W. Brechler, a former RMAC commissioner (1976-90), and his wife, Wanda Brechler, who were the first inductees into the RMAC Hall of Fame. Each team’s GPA is calculated by dividing the total quality points by the total number of credits for each semester. Team GPAs were submitted to the RMAC office by each institution’s compliance administrator.

The Skyhawks’ impressive 2022-23 campaign off the hardwood was highlighted by five student-athletes being named to the RMAC All-Academic teams. Junior Kelsey Sorenson headlined the group by earning First Team All-Academic Honors with a 3.93 cumulative GPA in elementary education.

Representing the women’s basketball team on the honor roll were also Ember Cervantes (3.93 GPA, exercise physiology), Brooke McGee (3.61 GPA, exercise physiology) and Tayla Nez (3.63 GPA, exercise physiology), as well as sophomore Samantha Wattawa (3.48 GPA, exercise physiology). In order to be eligible for All-Academic accolades, a student-athlete must carry a 3.30 cumulative GPA and must have been an active student at the institution for at least two consecutive semesters or three consecutive quarters.

The women’s basketball team is the first FLC program to take home a Brechler Award since women’s golf claimed the title in 2019. The team is coached by Taylor Harris.

2022-23 Brechler Award Winners:

Baseball: Colorado School of Mines, 3.45

Men’s Basketball: Western Colorado, 3.47

Women’s Basketball: FLC, 3.57

Men’s Cross Country: CSU Pueblo, 3.49

Women’s Cross Country: Westminster, 3.92

Football: Colorado School of Mines, 3.21

Men’s Golf: Westminster, 3.61

Women’s Golf: Westminster, 3.74

Men’s Lacrosse: Westminster, 3.24

Women’s Lacrosse: Westminster, 3.67

Men’s Soccer: Westminster, 3.69

Women’s Soccer: Black Hills State/Regis, 3.73

Softball: Black Hills State/Regis, 3.78

Men’s Swimming and Diving: Colorado School of Mines, 3.35

Women’s Swimming and Diving: Western Colorado, 3.56

Men’s Indoor Track & Field: Colorado Christian, 3.36

Women’s Indoor Track & Field: Westminster, 3.85

Men’s Outdoor Track & Field: Colorado Christian, 3.36

Women’s Outdoor Track & Field: Westminster, 3.79

Volleyball: CSU Pueblo, 3.79

Wrestling: Western Colorado, 3.09