Buck, Schafer Earn Academic All-District Honors
USAFA, Colo. -- Air Force tennis star Shannon Buck and water polo player Kyle Schafer were both named to the 2006 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America? University Division Men's At-Large All-District VII Team as selected by CoSIDA and released Thursday morning. The 11 student-athletes selected to the first team advance to the national Academic All-America ballot.
The 11 student-athletes selected to the District VII first team represent the sports of golf, ice hockey, swimming and diving, tennis, water polo and wrestling. Seven seniors, three juniors and a sophomore comprise this year's men's at-large all-district team, while the combined grade-point average of this year's team is 3.84.
Buck, a senior from Spokane, Wash., earns his first academic all-district honors this season. The biology major has compiled a 3.42 GPA over his first three years at the Academy. The 2006 Mountain West Conference Player of the Year and four-time All-MWC selection, Buck ended his senior campaign with a 29-5 overall singles record and an 18-1 mark in dual matches, all at the No. 1 spot. In addition to advancing to the finals of the Mountain Region Championships last fall, Buck was also the first Air Force player to compete at the ITA National Indoor Championships and has played in two NCAA Singles Championships ('03 and '05). A member of the Dean's List every semester and academic All-MWC selection the past three years, Buck is also a member of the Academy's Tri-Beta Biological Society (top 5% of biology majors) and received the Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP) scholarship to attend medical school next fall.
Schafer, a junior from Irvine, Calif., also earns his first academic all-district recognition. An operations research major, Schafer has compiled a 3.87 GPA in his first three years at the Academy. The Falcons' team MVP for the 2005 season, Schafer was also the lone Air Force player to earn all-conference honors, being selected to the Western Water Polo Association second team. A starter in all 27 games for a team which was nationally ranked for the majority of the year, Schafer recorded 25 goals and 18 assists in 2005, while also notching 25 steals and winning 93 of 113 sprints (.823). A.three-time AWPCA All-Academic team honoree, Schafer is also a recent addition to the Falcon Club, which recognizes the Air Force water polo team's elite athletes.
2006 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America? University Division Men's At-Large All-District VII Team
(as selected by CoSIDA)
Name (sport) Institution Yr. GPA Major Hometown
Kevin Bretting (diving) University of Wyoming Jr. 3.80 Kinesiology & Health Promotion Loveland, Colo.
Shannon Buck (tennis) Air Force Academy Sr. 3.42 Biology Spokane, Wash.
Mike Eickman (hockey) Nebraska-Omaha Jr. 3.97 Psychology Grand Forks, N.D.
Brian Flaherty (swimming) Denver Sr. 4.00 Biochemistry/Molecular Biology Granite Bay, Calif.
Marek Gebicki (tennis) Montana State University Sr. 3.99 Industrial Engineering Lodz, Poland
Christopher Johansen (swimming) Saint Louis University Sr. 3.97 Electrical Engineering Bloomington, Ind.
Bryce Leonhardt (wrestling) University of Wyoming Sr. 3.94 Secondary Ed.-Math Casper, Wyo.
Tyler McCormick (wrestling) University of Missouri So. 3.95 Business Leawood, Kan.
Kyle Schafer (water polo) Air Force Academy Jr. 3.87 Operations Research Irvine, Calif.
Dan Silva (golf) University of Wyoming Sr. 3.84 Economics Littleton, Colo.
Brett Sterling (ice hockey) Colorado College Sr. 3.51 Economics Pasadena, Calif.