May 6, 2003
Laramie, Wyo. - University of Wyomingdiving coach Russ Dekker announced the signing of fourstudent athletes to the UW diving team. Kevin Bretting ofLoveland, Colo. and John Lynch of San Antonio Texas willjoin the Cowboys while Emily Keefer of Stillwater, Minn. andSaara Haapanen of Thunderbay, Ontario will join theCowgirls.
"Along with the returning Wyoming divers, these fouradditions will put us at a level where we can competestrongly in and out of the Mountain West Conference," saidUW diving coach Russ Dekker. "I am very excited for thefall and can't wait to get the season started."
Kevin Bretting, Loveland, Colorado (Thompson Valley HighSchool)
Bretting comes to UW from Thompson Valley High School wherehe was an All-State and All-Conference selection all fouryears of high school. In 2002, he was a First TeamAll-American selection. As a freshman, he was a ColoradoHigh School State Finalist. He then was the Colorado StateChampion as a sophomore and was runner-up as a junior.
"Kevin will make an impact upon arrival," Dekker said.Bretting was also recruited by Southwest Missouri StateUniversity, Kenyon College (Ohio) and Drury University (Mo).
John Lynch, San Antonio, Texas (Health Careers High School)
Lynch comes to the University of Wyoming from San Antoniowhere he was named an All-American in 2001-2002. In 2000,he competed at the US Junior Nationals. He holds the schoolrecord on both the 1 meter and 3 meter springboard's atHCHS. He finished first on the 3 meter board at the AquaAmerica Cup. He competed for the Alamo Aquatics Diving Teamin San Antonio.
"John comes to UW with a strong 3 meter list, which iskey to an outstanding college career," said Dekker. "Ihave big hopes for this talented young diver." Lynch wasalso recruited by Notre Dame, Rutgers University, theUniversity of Minnesota, the University of South Dakota andClemson University.
Emily Keefer, Stillwater, Minnesota (Stillwater Area HighSchool)
Keefer was a Minnesota All-State selection three times inhigh school. She was also named a Second Team All-American.
She was a US Junior Zone Qualifier on the 1 meterspringboard and the platform.
"She will add great depth to the women's team," saidDekker. "She joins the Cowgirls with a strong backgroundin the sport and will bring nothing but positive things toUW."
Saara Haapanen, Thunderbay, Ontario (Hammars Kjold High School)
Haapanen competed at the Senior National level in Canadafor the last two years, which was highlighted by a 16thplace finish in the 1 meter springboard competition thispast March. She also placed third on the 3 meterspringboard at the Ontario Provincials.
"Saara brings great talent to the women's team and willbe a great addition to the program," said Dekker. "Shejust reached the level of competing at the Senior NationalLevel and the sky is the limit as far as this youngdiver's potential goes."