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Published November 26, 2019
The University of Wyoming women’s rugby club’s surprising season ended last weekend
in the Elite Eight round of the USA Rugby 2019 Division I national playoffs.
After two opening wins the last two weeks in the national playoffs, the Cowgirls lost to the University of Minnesota 29-7 in the Western Region semifinals last Saturday in Columbia, Mo. The UW women came back the next day to topple the Big 12 champion Indiana University team 46-26 to claim the consolation win. The Cowgirls ended the season ranked sixth nationwide in Division I, according to The Rugby Breakdown, which tracks USA women’s rugby.
“Wyoming’s athletes demonstrated this weekend why they are among the best in the country,” says UW head Coach John Pope. “We are very pleased with how the season finished and look forward to building on this excellent foundation.”
It was quite the season for the UW women’s club team, considering that the Cowgirls only were promoted to Division I just two seasons ago.
UW finished this past fall season with a 4-2 record, losing only to the defending national champions from the Air Force Academy twice -- once during conference play and again during the Rocky Mountain Conference championship game. The UW women’s club finished postseason play with an overall record of 6-3, beating the Texas Union and Big 12 champions along the way.
The Cowgirls compete against perennial rivals Colorado State University, the University of Colorado and the Air Force Academy in the Rocky Mountain Conference.
Founded in 1991, the UW women’s program has had extensive success at the national level before being promoted to Division I, reaching the Elite Eight and Sweet 16 rounds, and has placed multiple players on the All-American and USA Eagles national teams. For more information, call Pope at (307) 742-6707 or email email@example.com.