Third baseman Brandon J. Taylor (’07) was named to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association third team All-America squad. He was also selected to the third team All-America squad by Collegiate Baseball magazine and to the College Baseball Foundation Honors Team. He was recently drafted in the 17th round by the Chicago Cubs.
Second baseman Sean McNaughton (’11) of Lakewood, Wash., was named to the Louisville Slugger Freshman All-America team.
Marie-Helene Claveau (’07) has been named to the 2005 Academic All-District VIII University Division Women’s At-Large First Team, one of only 11 athletes chosen.
Guard Jimmy Balderson (’06) played for the 12-member team that represented Canada at the 2005 World University Games in Izmir, Turkey, in August.
Oscar D. Alvarez (’06) was named to the PING All-America Second Team after completing a junior season where he led BYU to a fourth-place NCAA finish.
Brian J. Rowley (’06) was named to the 2005 Academic All-District VIII University Division Men’s At-Large Team.
Catcher Lauren Watson-Perry (’06) and first baseman Ianeta M. Le`i (’07) were named to the 2005 Softball Easton All-American Second Team. Watson-Perry also received Mountain West Conference Player of the Year despite having a broken thumb near the end of the season.
Recently named to the National Golf Coaches Association All-American team, Rachel K. Newren (’07) continued a family tradition by becoming the third Newren sister to win the Utah State Women’s Amateur golf tournament. Newren needed to edge out her head coach at BYU, Sue Billek Nyhus (BS ’86), in the final round to claim the title.
Middle blocker Rachel Dyer (’08) was one of 18 collegiate players chosen to travel to Argentina with the USA Select Team to compete against the Argentine Junior National Team and other top teams.
The American Volleyball Coaches Association announced that BYU is one of 45 NCAA Division I volleyball programs that have achieved the Game Plan/AVCA Team Academic Award for the 2004–05 season. The award, initiated in the 1992–93 academic year, honors college and high school teams that displayed excellence in the classroom by maintaining at least a 3.30 cumulative team grade-point average. The Cougars’ hard work in the classroom earned them a 3.36 cumulative GPA for the season.