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Two Pioneers receive Sportswomen of the Year honors

Sportswomen of Colorado has named University of Denver women’s golfer Stephanie Sherlock and gymnast Jessica López as Colorado Sportswomen of the Year in their respective sports for their efforts during the 2008 season.

Selected as an NCAA All-American in 2008, Sherlock led the team in scoring average (73.82) and posted two wins, including her second consecutive Sun Belt Conference championship. She finished the season tied for fifth in the NCAA national championships with a 72-hole score of 291 (3-over par), posting the best finish at the championships in school history. She earned All-Sun Belt Conference honors for the second time as a Pioneer.

In 2008, López became the first female gymnast in DU history to compete in the Summer Olympic Games. López competed for her native Venezuela as the only women’s competitor and finished 43rd in the all-around with a score of 56.175. Prior to her experience in Beijing, López led the University of Denver to its second consecutive NCAA national championship appearance while also winning nine all-around titles and 24 individual event titles en route to finishing the 2008 season ranked third in the country on floor and fourth in the nation in the all-around.

Along with Sherlock and López, 48 other top Colorado female athletes and contributors to women’s athletics were selected as award winners by members of the media. One of the individual-sport winners will be named overall Sportswoman of the Year. All 50 winners will be honored at the 35th annual awards banquet on March 8.

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