MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - West Virginia University All-Americans Bryce Bohman
and Frances Silva have been nominated for the Male and Female Big 12 Athlete of the Year awards, announced today by the conference office.
Bohman, a Moline, Ill., native, was a three-year member of the men’s swimming and diving team, while Silva, an Overland Park, Kan., native, won six conference titles in her four years with the women’s soccer team.
“Bryce made a commitment to this program and his goals three years ago,” says WVU swimming and diving coach Vic Riggs. “His past season’s success is a culmination of hard work and dedication during those years. It’s a great honor to have a member of your program be the school’s nominee for the Big 12 Athlete of the Year. Bryce represented the men’s team and WVU with great integrity, and it was an honor to coach him.”
“I am incredibly proud of the hard work Frances demonstrated on and off the field throughout her senior season,” says women’s soccer coach Nikki Izzo-Brown. “This nomination is a true reflection of Frances striving for and achieving excellence at the highest level as a student-athlete.”
Bohman became just the second men’s swimmer in WVU history to earn First Team All-America honors at the 2014 NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships. He took fifth place in the 100 back (45.30) and 200 back (1:39.83). His 100 back prelim time of 45.29 set a school record, while he also set the school record with his finals time in the 200 back. Bohman, also a First Team All-American by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America, finished his career at WVU with three individual school records (100 back, 200 back, 100 fly) and four relay records.
At the 2014 Big 12 Championships, Bohman won the 100 back, while finishing third in the 200 back and 100 fly. He also was on the 200 free relay team that broke a school record and had an NCAA “A” cut time. For his efforts throughout the season, Bohman was named the Big 12 Men’s Swimmer of the Year.
Bohman was active in the Morgantown community as he volunteered with the Special Olympics Summer Games and Special Olympics Bowling. He participated in the Mountaineer Athletic Club’s annual Thank-a-Thon, calling WVU donors to thank them for scholarship assistance. Bohman volunteered in the Morgantown Reading Rally that featured story readings and book giveaways to kids of all ages. He also was involved with the Monongalia County Habitat for Humanity Sprint, Mylan Park Summer Reading program, Splash n’ Swim Triathlon and WVU Relay for Life. Bohman visited patients at the WVU Children’s Hospital on multiple occasions and visited patients at the Sundale Nursing Home in Morgantown.
Bohman graduated with a degree in multidisciplinary studies. He was named to the Big 12 Fall Commissioner’s Honor Roll and the Big 12 Spring Commissioner’s Honor Roll.
Silva led the Mountaineers to six conference titles in her four years at WVU, including the team’s second straight Big 12 Conference regular-season title and first Big 12 Soccer Tournament title in 2013. Additionally, the Mountaineers made four straight trips to the NCAA Tournament. She guided the team to a second round appearance in 2014 and took the field in the squad’s third-round match in 2010 as a freshman.
A member of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/Continental Tire All-America Second Team, Silva was one of 15 semifinalists for the 2013 M.A.C. Hermann Trophy. A Senior Class Award candidate, she was a unanimous selection for the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year Award and was named the Big 12 Soccer Tournament Offensive MVP. She also was named to the NSCAA All-Central Region Team, the All-Big 12 First Team, the Soccer America MVP Second Team and the Big 12 Tournament Team.
Silva led the Big 12 in goals (15), assists (13) and points (43) in 2013, and she ranked No. 7 in the NCAA in assists, No. 10 in points and No. 23 in goals. Her assist total set a WVU single-season record, and she tallied a program-record three assists in a win over Wright State on Sept. 22. Silva’s point total ranks No. 2 in the Mountaineer record book. She finished her career ranked No. 4 in program history in career goals (38) and career points (98), and No. 7 in career assists (22).
Equally strong in the classroom, Silva was named to the 2013 NSCAA Women’s Scholar All-America First Team, and she was the Capital One Academic All-America of the Year. Additionally, she landed on the NSCAA Women’s Scholar All-East Region First Team, the All-Big 12 Academic Soccer Team, the President’s and Dean’s Lists and the WVU Garrett Ford Academic Honor Roll.
Active in the community throughout her four years in Morgantown, Silva volunteered at the WVU 4v4 Small-Sided Breast Cancer Tournament, WVU Soccer Camps and the WVU Relay for Life. The 2013 team captain, she also made annual visits to WVU Children’s Hospital and local elementary schools.
Silva was drafted by FC Kansas City with the 19th overall pick at the 2014 National Women’s Soccer League College Draft. She earned her bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism in 2013 and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in sport management.
Fans can help determine the 2013-14 Big 12 Male and Female Athlete of the Year winners with a vote through the Big 12’s social media accounts. A voting link will be shared on the Conference’s Facebook and Twitter accounts. Fan voting will start today at 3 p.m. EDT, and conclude on Monday, July 21, at 12:59 a.m. EDT. Fans are permitted to vote once per day and can enter for a chance to win Big 12 prizes by participating.