Oct. 13, 2007
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
An exemplary student-athlete and a dedicated volunteer received the 55th annual Admiral Emory S. Land Awards presented Saturday at Wyoming's homecoming game with New Mexico. Kevin Bretting, a four-year diving letterman, and Mark Bock, a volunteer in the Athletics Department, received the Admiral Land Award and Trophy, respectively.
The Admiral Land Award and Trophy are traditionally presented at homecoming in recognition of the top student athlete or athletes along with a person or group who has exhibited excellence in promoting UW athletics.
During his career at Wyoming, Bretting excelled in the pool and in the classroom. A four-time first team all-Mountain West Conference performer, he finished his career ranked in UW's top three all-time in all three diving events. In 2007, he became just the fifth UW diver to compete in the NCAA Championships and placed in the top 25 in all three diving events. An Exercise and Sport Science major, Bretting earned NCAA Academic All-American honors from the College Swimming Coaches Association. He was a four-time Academic All Conference selection and Mountain West Conference Scholar-Athlete. In 2006 and 2007, he earned Academic All-District VII honors. The Mountain West Conference honored Bretting in 2007 with the Hal Rothman Sportsmanship Award. A native of Loveland, Colo., Bretting is the son of Mark and Denise Bretting.
Bock has been a volunteer in the equipment room for over three years. He is a huge fan of the Cowboys and Cowgirls and is a tireless worker on their behalf. Bock has also worked in Concessions and as an usher, and appeared in the Cheyenne Frontier Days parade on the Cowboy Football float. He also participated in the Buddy Walk with Coach Glenn and the Cowboys. He is always willing to help out in any capacity and wears his Wyoming apparel with pride. His enthusiasm for Wyoming Athletics is unmatched. A native of Laramie, Bock is the son of Norman and Dottie Bock.
The Admiral Land awards have been a special part of Homecoming since 1953. They are given as a tribute to distinguished UW alumnus Admiral Emory S. Land, class of 1898. Land was a World War II Shipping Administrator and head of the U.S. Maritime Service. At UW, he was a member of the first football team and four of the first five teams in school history.