Two Cowgirl Swimmers and One Cowboy Diver Named First Team Academic All-District VII

May 25, 2007


The Wyoming swimming and diving team continued its tradition of academic excellence as three athletes were recently selected to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VII at large First Team, as presented by CoSIDA. Tamara Lehnertz, Aimee Stinson and Kevin Bretting were all honored for their academic and athletic excellence during the 2006-07 season.

This marks the second consecutive year that three Wyoming swimming and diving athletes have been honored by CoSIDA and ESPN The Magazine. The swimming and diving team has also been honored by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America as an Academic All-America team numerous times and most recently this past spring.

Lehnertz, a native of Littleton, Colo., has been named First Team Academic All-District for the second consecutive year. She currently has a 3.936 GPA in secondary education with an emphasis in chemistry. She recently concluded her career at Wyoming and leaves the school ranked in the top-four of the UW record books in the 100, 200 and 500 freestyle. She is also a member of three school record setting relay teams. She was a First Team All-Mountain West Conference selection this season and also earned both First and Second Team All-Conference honors previously in her career. She has been named an MWC Scholar Athlete and Academic All-Conference every year of her career. She is also very active in the community and received the Wyoming Athletics Senior Class Community Service Award in 2007.

For Stinson, a sophomore from Colorado Springs, Colo., this marks the first time she has been honored by CoSIDA and ESPN The Magazine in her young career. She currently has a cumulative GPA of 3.885 in secondary education, earth sciences. She is a four-time First Team All-MWC performer and earned the honor in every individual event she swam in 2007. She holds the UW school record in five events including the 200, 500, 1000 and 1650 freestyles, as well as the 800 freestyle relay. She was selected as the Wyoming Women's Swimmer of the Year in 2007 by her coaches and has been honored as an Academic All-MWC selection and MWC Scholar Athlete both years of her career.

Bretting, a native of Loveland, Colo., concluded his career this past March as only the fifth diver in Wyoming history to compete in the NCAA Championships. This is also the second consecutive year that Bretting has been honored as an Academic All-District VII selection by CoSIDA and ESPN The Magazine. Bretting boasts a 3.809 GPA in kinesiology and health promotions. He earned First Team All-MWC honors four times in his career. He ranks in the top-three of the UW record books in every diving event and was an MWC Scholar Athlete and Academic All-Conference selection every year of his career.

Lehnertz, Stinson and Bretting are all now candidates for Academic All-America honors. The men's Academic All-America team will be announced on Tues., June 12 and the women's team will be announced on Thurs., June 14.