Six University of Colorado student-athletes will be honored by the Sportswomen of Colorado in March.
Sarah Brown (lacrosse), Petra Hyncicova (skiing), Dani Jones (cross country), Kennedy Leonard (basketball), Alexa Smith (volleyball) and Jalen Tompkins (soccer) will all be honored for their performances in 2017 during the 44th Annual Awards Celebration on March 11 at the Marriott Denver Tech Center.
Brown was named IWLCA Second Team All-American, the first CU lacrosse player to earn that honor. She led the team in caused turnovers (33), breaking her own single season record. She also ranked second in the MPSF and 52nd in the NCAA for caused turnovers per game (1.65). Brown was also selected to the MPSF All-Academic Team.
Hyncicova was named the 2017 women’s Nordic National Skier of the Year by both the USCSCA and FasterSkier.com. Last winter, she became just the 15th female skier — and fourth from CU — to sweep the Nordic races at the NCAA Championships, capturing the 5K classic and the 15k freestyle titles. She was recently named to the Czech Republic Olympic team in Nordic skiing.
Jones was the Pac-12 champion and was named the conference Female Cross Country Athlete Of The Year. She went on to place 10th at the NCAA Championship – the best finish by a CU runner since Shalaya Kipp was 13th in 2013. She earned all-region and all-America honors.
Leonard earned first-team All-Pac-12 honors from both the coaches and the media after averaging 17.1 points, 5.8 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 2.4 steals, while starting all 33 games as a sophomore. Leonard also broke CU’s single-season assists record with 190.
Smith was CU’s first AVCA Second Team All-American after helping the Buffs to a 24-10 record that included their first NCAA Sweet 16 appearance in 20 years. She was also named to the AVCA All-Pacific South Region and All-Pac-12 teams.
Tompkins had the best season in CU history for a goalkeeper, leading the Buffs to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The Buffs broke school records for shutouts (14) and goals-against average (0.61). Tompkins was named third-team All-Pac-12 and individually broke CU records for GAA (0.58) and save percentage (.882), and had a 10-6-3 record.