Wyoming's Bretting, Leonhardt and Silva Named to Academic All-District VII Team

May 26, 2006


Three University of Wyoming Cowboys have been recognized for their success in the classroom and named to the 2006 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America® University Division Men's At-Large All-District VII Team as selectedby CoSIDA. Kevin Bretting, a junior UW diver, Bryce Leonhardt, a senior on the wrestling team, and Dan Silva, a senior men's golfer, were selected earlier this week to the team of 11 student-athletes. Bretting carries a 3.80 cumulative grade-point average in Kinesiology and Health Promotion, Leonhardt has earned a 3.94 GPA in Secondary Education-Math, and Silva has a 3.84 GPA in Economics.

The Academic All-District team is a part of the Academic All-America program. Student-athletes are selected in voting by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). CoSIDA District VII is made up of the states of Wyoming, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota and the Canadian provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan.

To qualify, a student-athlete must have achieved a minimum of 3.20 cumulative grade-point average, must be at least a sophomore athletically and academically and must have participated in at least 50 percent of the team's competitions.

The student-athletes nominated from District VII represented the sports of fencing, golf, ice hockey, rifle, skiing, swimming, tennis, water polo and wrestling. Seven seniors, three juniors and a sophomore comprise the men's at large all-district team. The combined grade-point average of this year's team is 3.84. The 11 student-athletes selected to the first team will now move on to the national Academic All-America ballot.

Bretting, of Loveland, Colo., was named First Team All-MWC in 1-meter diving and Second Team All-MWC in the 3-meter event at the 2006 Mountain West Conference Championships. He also competed in the 2006 NCAA Zone "E" Diving Championships and placed eighth in the platform, ninth in the 3-meter and 13th in the 1-meter events. He is a two-time MWC Scholar Athlete and Academic All-Conference Selection. Kevin also competed in the NCAA Zone "E" Championships as a freshman and holds the second highest platform (6 dives) score in Wyoming history, which he set his junior year.

Leonhardt, from Casper, Wyo., has been awarded All-District VII for two consecutive years. He placed second in the 125-pound weight class at the 2006 NCAA West Regional Tournament and qualified for the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships as a wild card entry. At the event, Leonhardt recorded an upset victory over the number six seed and posted a 2-2 record. He ended his final season with a 16-10 record, two victories coming by major decision. He is a three-time Academic All-Conference and Scholar-Athlete selection during his career and has earned the team's high-point award three times during his career. This award goes to the Cowboy wrestler with the best winning percentage and GPA.

Silva, a Littleton, Colo. product, has also been named to the All-District VII team two years in a row. His best finish as a senior came at the Oregon Duck Invitational where he placed 11th of 73 golfers and was one under par for the event. Silva's career stroke average is 75.15. The top finisher for the Cowboys at the 2005 Mountain West Conference Tournament, Dan had six career individual top 25 finishes. An Academic All-MWC and Scholar Athlete selection, Silva was named a Golf Coaches Association Academic All-America Scholar in 2005. He has also been named to the Dean's List six out of seven semesters, and is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS).

2006 Academic All-District Men's At-Large Team District 7, University Division

Name, School, Yr., Hometown, GPA, Major(s)

Marek Gebicki, MONTANA ST-BOZEMAN, Sr., Lodz, Poland, 3.99, Industrial engineering
Brian Flaherty, DENVER, Sr., Granite Bay, Calif., 4.0, Biochemistry, molecular biology
Bryce Leonhardt, WYOMING, Sr., Casper, Wyo., 3.94, Secondary education-mathematics
Christopher Johansen, SAINT LOUIS, Sr., Bloomington, Ind., 3.97, Electrical engineering
Kevin Bretting, WYOMING, Jr., Loveland, Colo., 3.80, Kinesiology, health promotion
Brett Sterling, COLORADO COLLEGE, Sr., Pasadena, Calif., 3.51, Economics
Tyler McCormick, MISSOURI, So., Leawood, Kan., 3.95, Business
Dan Silva, WYOMING, Sr., Littleton, Colo., 3.84, Economics
Shannon Buck, AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Sr., Spokane, Wash., 3.42, Biology
Kyle Schafer, AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Jr., Irvine, Calif., 3.87, Operations research
Mike Eickman, NEBRASKA-OMAHA, Jr., Grand Forks, N.D., 3.97, Psychology