Athletics

JWU student-athletes post 3.09 GPA in 2018-19

Five Johnson & Wales University teams posted a GPA of 3.0 or better for the spring term, led by women's soccer with a 3.65. JWU Denver women's soccer also finished with the best GPA for the 2018-19 academic year at 3.66.

As a whole, Wildcat student-athletes finished with a 3.09 GPA for the academic year and hold a cumulative GPA of 3.11.

Women's cross country/track was one of seven JWU teams to record a 2018-19 GPA of 3.0 or better with a 3.65 after a 3.56 for the spring term. Women's basketball (3.39), volleyball (3.36), men's cross country/track (3.23), men's basketball (3.03) and men's golf (3.00) also met the 3.0 mark for the year.

Fifty-two JWU Denver student-athletes earned their way onto the Dean's List for the spring term (3.40 or better), accounting for more than 40 percent of student-athletes on campus. Eighteen Wildcats had a perfect 4.0 GPA for the spring term.

Volleyball adds 7 new Wildcats for 2019

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Coach Alicia Roth is proud to announce the addition of seven new members to the JWU Denver volleyball team for the upcoming 2019 season.

"This year's recruiting class is really going to help us round out this program," Roth said. "We brought in a lot more attackers this year, added some height – I think that 's really going to take us to the next level. We have a lot of kids from the local area, and that's been really cool for them to build relationships."

Five of the seven new Wildcats hail from the Centennial State – Emily BoothChelsey CarlisleSerena ComerHope Hines and Sierra Martin – while Hunter Halbower comes from Connecticut and Elyse Swensen from neighboring Utah.

The newcomers will be joined by six returners as Roth gets set to begin her third season with the program.

"I think we brought in a lot of great kids, a lot of good athletes, and I think our upperclassmen are very excited to see the competition that will come in the gym from our freshmen," Roth said. "I think we'll be able to head into the year a little bit stronger, a little bit more well-rounded."

JWU Denver Volleyball Class of 2019 Newcomers:

Emily Booth DS Lakewood, CO (Lakewood HS)

Chelsey Carlisle OH/DS Longmont, CO (Skyline HS)

Serena Comer OH/DS Longmont, CO (St. Vrain Online Global Academy)

Hunter Halbower MB/RS Guilford, CT (Guilford HS)

Hope Hines OH Colorado Springs, CO (Doherty HS)

Sierra Martin MB Durango, CO (Durango HS)

Elyse Swensen MB Salt Lake City, UT (Brighton, HS)

Women's soccer announces 2019 recruiting class

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Head coach Ria Denny is excited to welcome in 11 new members of the Johnson & Wales University women's soccer team for the 2019-20 season.

Seven future Wildcats are from the state of Colorado, which Denny thinks will help grow the program's visibility throughout the Centennial State.

"I love our incoming freshman class. We have some great potential coming from within Colorado. This is actually the largest Colorado class coming to Johnson & Wales we've ever had," Denny said. "It'll build a great fan base because we have all those parents and players coming in from local clubs, so we can build some great relationships and bring more Colorado kids into JWU Denver."

The Wildcats will also return 11 members from last year's squad that finished 6-8-1, including first-team all-conference selection Natasha Martin and all-conference honorable mention Katelyn Peters.

"With the combination of returning players and new players, I really do anticipate us at least competing for second or third in the SCAC this year," Denny said. 

JWU Denver Women's Soccer Class of 2019 Newcomers:

Virginia Alvis D Golden, CO (Evergreen HS)

Hallie Apodaca F/MF/D Colorado Springs, CO (Doherty HS)

Kayta Arbuthnot D Littleton, CO (Dakota Ridge HS)

Diali Baeza MF/F Clarksville, AR (Feather Ridge College)

Savannah Brown GK Arvada, CO (Ralston Valley HS)

Alexandra Colvin GK Longmont, CO (Fisher College)

Makenna Davis D Monterey, CA (Trinity Christian HS)

Brooke Ford F/D Thornton, CO (Horizon HS)

Jazmin Harris F Colorado Springs, CO (Rampart HS)

Sydnee Hart MF Eastvale, CA (Los Gatos HS)

Madison Mockler D Allen, TX (Allen HS)

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JWU Denver successfully completes first year of NCAA provisional membership process

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DENVER –Johnson & Wales University has successfully completed the first provisional year of its NCAA Division III membership process, the NCAA Division III Membership Committee informed University President Dr. Richard Wiscott on Thursday.

In making the transition from NAIA to NCAA DIII, JWU Denver has now successfully completed its Exploratory Year (2017-18) and first provisional year (2018-19).

Starting Sept. 1, 2019, the Wildcats will officially begin Year 3 of what is traditionally a five-year process.

"This is very exciting news and a great day for JWU Denver Athletics," athletic director Tom Byrnes said. "Many, many people contributed to this process. In particular, I'd like to thank President Richard Wiscott for the 100% support of the campus and the university. I'd also like to thank Associate Director of Athletics Mike Gallegos, whose contributions are too numerous to count, and they're all certainly significant."

JWU Denver is not eligible for NCAA postseason championships until it is granted full membership status; however, as a provisional member it is still expected to comply with Division III legislation throughout the provisional process, including:

  • Attendance at special provisional/reclassifying member programming at the NCAA Convention

  • Attendance at the NCAA Regional Rules Seminar

  • Submission of an Annual Report of the institution's progress, triumphs and challenges as they go through the membership process

Additionally, the first year of the provisional process includes a visit to the institution by a delegation from the DIII Membership Committee in the fall, along with the submission of the Institutional Self-Study Guide (ISSG) at the end of the academic year.

Wildcats' World Cup trip a 'once-in-a-lifetime' experience

Amanda Fischer, Rebecca Brock and Hailey Jensen

Amanda Fischer, Rebecca Brock and Hailey Jensen

Three members of the Johnson & Wales University women's soccer team had the fortune of witnessing history during a recent two-week trip to Europe.

JWU Denver footballers Rebecca BrockHailey Jensen and Amanda Fischer attended two World Cup games featuring the United States, including the Americans' record-breaking 13-0 win on June 11 over Thailand in Reims, France.

"It was fun to watch all the goals scored in the Thailand game and celebrate with the US and see all the first World Cup goals scored for individual players and other records set," Brock said after the USWNT set a World Cup record for the most goals in a single match. A few days later, BrockJensen and Fischer were on hand to see the USA's 3-0 victory over Chile at Parc des Princes in Paris. A significant number of Chilean supporters were also in attendance, which made it fun to see both fan bases exchange cheers back and forth. 

"Not only getting to see the US play in the World Cup but getting to explore new countries with my teammates and friends felt like a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Of the two games we saw I think the one in Paris was my favorite," Jensen said. "The stadium was huge, and to see every seat filled was unbelievable. To be surrounded by so many US fans that made the journey to France just like us made the atmosphere incredible!"

The trio's trip wasn't just all about soccer, however. Their journey overseas included stops in five countries and eight different cities, including London, England; Lille, France; Brussels, Belgium; Reims, France; Amsterdam, Netherlands; Dortmund, Germany; Paris, France, and Dijon, France.

As noted by Brock: "When a culinary nutrition major, baking and pastry major, and liberal studies major head to Europe, a lot of food is eaten and history seen. We did all the touristy things from the London Eye, Buckingham Palace and Big Ben, to the Eiffel Tower, Sacré-Coeur, and Notre Dame."

Sampling some of the tastiest food in the world, taking part in a traditional English afternoon tea and seeing the Eiffel Tower sparkling in the night sky were some of the experiences these Wildcats will never forget.

"Traveling across the Atlantic and having the opportunity to explore different countries and experiencing their cultures was definitely an awesome experience," Fischer said. "While abroad, I tried to blend in and observe rather than be an all-out tourist. I still felt like we barley started discovering what each place had to offer, and would definitely want to go back and explore more, especially in Amsterdam, Dijon, and London. Overall, this trip we dealt with adversity of being in a foreign place and learned much from it as well as starting off on the right foot for quite a memorable summer."

Trip Highlights (other than the World Cup)

  • Hailey: The Imperial war museum in London and the Museum of Fine Art in Dijon. The Imperial War Museum was my favorite because I really enjoy the 20th century.

  • Amanda: Seeing the Eiffel Tower at night. From sun down to 1 a.m., the Eiffel Tower twinkles the first 5 minutes of every hour. We visited several small markets. It was cool to see the different varieties of vegetables and how bright their colors were.

  • Rebecca: In London we did a traditional afternoon tea. This consisted of finger sandwiches, scones, and desserts.

Favorite Food

  • Hailey: Dutch pancakes because they were giant and delicious!

  • Amanda: Belgian waffles with Speculoos, but the quiche from Lille was a close second!

  • Rebecca: As a baking and pastry major visiting France, it is difficult to pick one food; however, I think the crepes were my favorite. Belgian chocolate comes in at a close second.