Sportswomen Honor Three Former Buffs
DENVER - Former University of Colorado athletes Renee Metivier, Sara (Gorton) Slattery and Rachel Wacholder were named Sportswomen of Colorado for their accomplishments in 2005, executive director Joan Birkland announced.
Metivier, Slattery and Wacholder will be honored, along with 42 other recipients on March 12 at the Marriott Tech Center on Syracuse in Greenwood Village, Colo. The evening will begin at 5 p.m. with a reception, dinner will follow at 6 and the award presentation will start at approximately 7. The Sportswoman of the Year will be announced at the end of the evening. Tickets for the dinner will be $40.
Ceal Barry, former CU women's basketball coach, will be the guest speaker. Barry was a 1993 Colorado Sportswoman Hall of Fame inductee and coached the Buffs for 22 seasons. She now serves as the Associate AD for Academics and Student Services at Colorado.
Metivier won the 2005 NCAA Indoor 3k in 9:22.81. Earlier in the season at the Husky Invite, she ran a personal best and a NCAA-qualifying time of 9:14.23. Metivier was the Big 12 Indoor Performer of the Year after claiming the 3k and 5k league crowns and took second in the mile. During the outdoor season, she was named the Big 12 Athlete of the Week on April 20. She set the then-school record (10:13.80) in the Steeplechase at the Mt. SAC Relays and was the top collegian in the race, finishing seventh. She ran a pr of 15:40.56 at the USATF Championships and finished 10th in the 5k. Metivier was named the CU Female Athlete of the Year and was named the CU Athlete of the Week several times her senior year.
Slattery won the 2005 NCAA Outdoor 10k race with a personal record of 33:02.21 this past June. The championship was the second of Slattery's career and was her 10th All-American finish. Slattery won the 10k at the Big 12 Championships by setting a meet and track record at Kansas State's RV Christian Track Complex with a time of 33:43.10. She won the Big 12 Championship in the 5k for the third time this past spring. In doing so, she set her second record of the meet at 15:58.58. Slattery went on to claim the NCAA Midwest Region title, setting yet another meet and track record with a finish of 16:00.25 in the 5k. She was selected as the CU Athlete of the Week twice in the spring and was the Big 12 Athlete of the Week once.
Wacholder, who played volleyball at CU from 1993-96, is being honored in the beach volleyball category with her teammate Elaine Youngs. Wacholder had a breakout year on the AVP tour in 2005, which included a stop in Boulder. She was named the Best Defensive Player and the Most Improved Player of the AVP women in her sixth year on the circuit. Wacholder and Youngs won three tournaments during the 2005 season; the Cincinnati Open, the Huntington Beach Open and the Boulder Open, all three against Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh, the top-ranked team in the world.