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Features Loud and Clear
When Alysia Johnson captured the 800 meters to become the first Cal woman in 17 years to win an NCAA indoor championship, the achievement left her completely speechless. Johnson’s performances, though, speak more than loudly enough to compensate for her lack of words, so much so that as of late May, she ranked No. 1 in the United States in her specialty event.
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‘ER’ Plans Career in Public Health
Albert Einstein once said that the only source of knowledge is experience. The Athletic Study Center follows that theory closely, as four of its academic advisors are former Cal student-athletes who have become experts at helping current Golden Bears negotiate the labyrinth that the University can become. For Tyson Ross, Cal’s supremely talented sophomore right-hander, it is all about family – not only his immediate family, but his Golden Bear family, as well. For this phenomenal college pitcher who is developing into one of the school’s all-time greats, the campus of the University of California has almost always felt like home. Mark and Karen Biestman have a lot to celebrate this year. Not only are they commemorating their 25th wedding anniversary, but the proud Cal alumni have watched their older son, Ross, earn his degree and win another rugby national championship. From their unique perspective, they realize that the excellence demanded by the University is reflected in the achievements of Cal Athletics.
Elizabeth Rose Mayeda, known as “ER” to her teammates, naturally decided to pursue a career in the medical field. Accepted into Columbia’s School of Public Health for graduate school, she hopes to apply her experiences as a Cal distance runner to better the welfare of society for the future. Four years ago, when Andre Bastos entered Cal as a freshman, he had no idea he would become a studentathlete. Now that he is graduating with a degree in cognitive science, he couldn’t imagine it any other way. And perhaps most significantly, the link he has discovered between rowing and his chosen academic field has expanded his intellectual horizons.
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Letter from Director of Athletics Sandy Barbour
Dear Friend of Cal Athletics:
y any way you choose to measure success, 2006-07 has been one of the best years in the history of Cal Athletics. As I write this column, I am in Washington, D.C., where our 2006 women’s crew and men’s water polo teams are being honored for achieving the ultimate college athletic prize – an NCAA team championship. The White House visit has become one of the spoils of the victorious and a symbol of excellence within a given sport. Today (June 18) on the South Lawn of the White House, President Bush gathered 28 NCAA champions from across the country to pay tribute to talent, leadership and achievement. At Cal, we are fortunate to experience national championships with some frequency. During the 2006-07 academic year alone, we captured two team titles (men’s water polo and rugby) and a record 11 individual NCAA crowns. Yet, I would hope that we would never take these accomplishments for granted, nor should we ever fail to recognize and pay tribute to all that is necessary to accomplish such an incredible triumph. Those close to our program know that this success comes as a result of much sacrifice. Not only do our student-athletes accept the challenge of the world-class academic rigor at Cal, but they test and stretch their minds and bodies on a daily basis to perform at a world-class level in their athletic pursuits. Our student-athletes, coaches and support staff deserve a great debt of gratitude for their efforts that have meant so much to all of us in the Cal community. The 2006-07 athletic seasons came to a close for the Golden Bears in grand style. At the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championship in early June, our women’s team captured a program-best eighth-place finish, fueled by victories by Alysia Johnson and Kelechi Anyanwu in the 800 meters and discus, respectively. Each of these young ladies led their event from wire to wire and showed the nation that the Cal Bears are a force to be reckoned with. “All trends are up” for intercollegiate athletics at Cal. Our athletic performance has never been better, as evidenced by our Top-10 finish in the NACDA Directors’ Cup – the fourth time in the last five years we have reached that level. Even more importantly, these athletic accolades have been achieved in the context of student-athletes who are being recognized for their academic accomplishments and community engagement. Being a student-athlete at Cal is a rewarding proposition, but one that comes with great expectation. The duality of the expectations at Cal is, sadly, uncommon. However, Bears past, present and future would have it no other way. Finally, this success is only possible because we have a campus and a University administration that believe in excellence in athletics, and we have alumni, fans and friends who feel that supporting the fabulous young people we have in our programs is a worthwhile place to focus their philanthropy. As successful as this year has been, I believe that we have only begun to scratch the surface of our abilities as a program. Thank you for making our success a reality. We hope that we have made you proud to be a Golden Bear. Stay tuned – the best is yet to come! Go Bears!
Sandy Barbour Director of Athletics
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Summer 2007 Athletic Administration Athletic Director: Sandy Barbour Deputy Director of Athletics: Steve Holton Deputy Director of Athletics/SWA: Teresa Kuehn Gould Senior Associate AD/Intercollegiate Services: Foti Mellis Associate AD/Human Resources & Financial Services: Dawn Whalin
Editorial Staff 349 Haas Pavilion Berkeley, CA 94720 Editor: Herb Benenson Contributing Writers: Scott Ball, Dean Caparaz, Chris DeConna, Kimberley Hoidal, Anton Malko, Tim Miguel, Debbie RosenfeldCaparaz, John Sudsbury Design: Evan Kerr Photography: John Todd (www.goldenbearsports.com), Michael Pimentel, Michael Burns, Don Faria, Charles Benton, Natalie Coughlin, John Dunbar, Evan Kerr, Chris Putman, David Schmitz, Jim Yudelson, Rodger Wood, among others Athletic Development Office 195 Haas Pavilion Berkeley, CA 94720 510-642-2427 firstname.lastname@example.org Athletic Ticket Office (800) GO BEARS For daily updates on Cal Athletics, including schedules, press releases and player profiles, visit the department’s official website at www.CalBears.com. On the Cover Junior Alysia Johnson has quickly developed into the most accomplished 800-meter runner in Cal history. Owner of the school record in the event, she captured both the NCAA indoor and outdoor titles in 2007 and has an even brighter future ahead of her. Photo by John Todd.
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Record Championship Total for Bears in 2006-07 National Championship Week Sept. 17-22
he Cal Athletic Department will host its second annual National Championship Week Sept. 17-22. The celebration recognizes Golden Bear team and individual national champions from the 2006-07 seasons and culminates with their introduction during the Cal-Arizona football game. Among the special events planned are the unveiling of a display case in the Memorial StadiTim McNeill um Hall of Fame Room, a Cal coaches roundtable and a private reception for the champions with Chancellor Robert Birgeneau. Watch CalBears.com for more information as National Championship Week approaches.
o matter how you look at it, 2006-07 was a golden year for the Golden Bears. Not only did Cal teams capture national team championships in both men’s water polo and rugby, but the Bears won 11 individual and relay titles – the highest one-year total in school history. Water polo was the first to reach the victory platform when it claimed its NCAA-record 12th crown in early December, while rugby defeated BYU, 37-7, May 5 for its 23rd championship since 1980. Alysia Johnson (see page 6) became the undisputed queen of the 800 meters after winning both the indoor and outdoor titles, the latter in 1:59.29 – the third-fastest collegiate time in history. Gymnast Tim McNeill also reached the pinnacle of his sport twice, netting NCAA titles on the parallel bars and pommel horse. Other victors during the year were senior Kelechi Anyanwu in the discus (school-record 188-11), Dana Vollmer in the 100 butterfly (50.69), Jessica Hardy in the 100 breaststroke (59.43) and Patrick O’Neil in the 200 butterfly (1:43.77). Finally, Cal women swimmers established American records in winning the 400 free relay (3:12.13), 800 free relay (7:00.89) and 400 medley relay (3:30.18) at the NCAA championships. In its history, Cal has now captured 74 national team crowns in 13 different sports and 156 individual, relay and doubles titles.
John Mann Wins Peter J. Cutino Award
enior John Mann, a three-time first-team All-American who led Cal to the NCAA championship this past December, was named winner of the 2006-07 Peter J. Cutino Award as the nation’s top collegiate water polo player in early June. Mann paced the Bears with 80 goals, and he completed his stellar career with 218 goals. The Player of the Year Award is named in honor of Cutino, who headed the Cal men’s water polo program from 1963-88 and passed away in 2004. He guided the Bears to eight NCAA titles and was a 17-time water polo Coach of the Year. John Mann
Golden Bears Will Be Prominent on Summer National Teams
lthough their collegiate seasons are complete over the summer, many California student-athletes will remain active in national and international competition in a wide variety of sports. The pool at the World University Games in Bangkok, Thailand, Aug. 8-13 should be teeming with Bears, including U.S. representatives Emily Silver, Erin Reilly and Alexandra Ellis. Among the Cal athletes
who will compete at the Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, this July are water polo player John Mann, baseball pitcher Tyson Ross and swimmer Patrick O’Neil. Women’s crew coach Dave O’Neill will lead the U.S. Under-23 squad for a second straight year and will have four of his rowers vying for spots on the squad: Megan Smith, Mara Allen, Lou Kinder and Taryn O’Connell.
Golden Bears Rikus Pretorius, a flanker, and back-rower Louis Stanfill will contend this summer as pool members for spots on the U.S. National rugby team, which travels to France in September for the 2007 Rugby World Cup. Many other Cal athletes and coaches will be participating in a number of other trials and championships during the summer months. Be sure to check CalBears.com to track their progress.
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Cal Football Popular Preseason Choice
even Cal football games have been selected to be televised before the start of the 2007 season, including the opener against Tennessee that will be aired on ABC and kick off at 5 p.m. At this same point last year, five Golden Bear contests had been chosen, and 11 games were ultimately broadcast. In addition to Tennessee, the Sept. 8 game at Colorado State will begin at 11 a.m. PT and be shown on CSTV as part of the Mountain West Conference TV package. Comcast SportsNet in Northern California will then show the Louisiana Tech game Sept. 15. Cal will appear on Fox Sports Net in back-to-back weeks at Arizona State Oct. 27 and vs. Washington State Nov. 3. Both games will start at 7 p.m. The Bears’ final home game vs. USC Nov. 17 will kick off at 5 p.m. and be aired on either ABC, ESPN or ESPN2. The Dec. 1 Big Game at Stanford will begin at 4 p.m. and be shown on Versus, which is available on channel 75 or 81 on most Bay Area cable systems. Decisions on other telecasts will be determined either 12 or six days prior to each game.
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Haas Pavilion Gets a New Look
he Haas Pavilion floor underwent a makeover this spring and emerged with a slightly new look for the upcoming campaigns. Most noticeably, the center circle has been replaced by a Cal logo to help give a more identifiable brand to the court. In addition, the Pac-10 logos are now located in both key areas, and Pete Newell Court is identified directly in front of the Cal bench, replacing the Cal Bear logo. As part of standard maintenance, the floor receives a thorough sanding and refinishing every 4-5 years.
Jan Brogan Retires after 29 Seasons at Cal
an Brogan retired as Cal’s women’s tennis coach in June after completing a 29-year run with the program. During her tenure, Brogan guided the Bears to 19 Top 10 finishes, including a semifinal appearance in this year’s NCAA Tournament.
Under her tutelage, Cal players captured four national doubles titles and Susie Babos won the 2006 NCAA singles championship. An eight-time conference coach of the year, Brogan finished her career with more than 500 victories and produced 61 All-Americans.
Photos (l-r): Jan Brogan on campus in 1978; Brogan’s first Cal team in 1978-79; Brogan with former assistant Kathy Toon and NCAA doubles champs Amanda Augustus and Amy Jensen; assistant Damon Coupe, Brogan and NCAA singles winner Susie Babos.
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Honors Luncheon Recognizes Golden Bear Accomplishments
elebrating the academic, athletic and community service accomplishments of the Golden Bears, Cal Athletics honored its student-athletes at the annual Academic Honors Luncheon in mid-May. The event was co-sponsored by the Big C Society and the Athletic Study Center. The list of attendees included student-athletes who have a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher, or have earned conference, regional
or national academic honors, or have served the community as leaders or mentors. Three of the postgraduate scholarship recipients – Daniel Sebescen (men’s tennis), Andre Bastos (men’s crew) and Elizabeth Mayeda (women’s cross country) – are profiled in this issue of the Cal Sports Quarterly. Anna Key accepts the Haas
Award from Athletic Study Center director Derek Van Rheenen
Left to right: Alex Pribble, Elyse Wong, Erin Reilly, Daniel Sebescen
Pac-10 Postgraduate Scholarships Erin Reilly, Women’s Swimming Elyse Wong, Women’s Gymnastics Daniel Sebescen, Men’s Tennis Alex Pribble, Men’s Basketball
Oscar Geballe Postgraduate Scholarships Andre Bastos, Men’s Crew Elizabeth Mayeda, Women’s Cross Country Jenny Wendell, Women’s Soccer
Pac-10 Medal (outstanding senior student-athlete) Jillian Davis, Volleyball John Mann, Men’s Water Polo Jake Gimbel Award (Golden Bear Spirit) Andrija Vasiljevic, Men’s Water Polo
Golden Bear Team Award Women’s Soccer (highest GPA, 3.356)
Anna Espenschade Award (Golden Bear spirit) Jillian Davis, Volleyball Joseph McDonnell Kavanagh Award (most improved student) Nu’u Tafisi, Football
Neufeld Scholar-Athlete Awards (senior with highest GPA) Jenny Wendell, Women’s Soccer Andre Bastos, Men’s Crew Andre Bastos (left) and Jenny Wendell
Walter A. Haas Jr. Community Service Award Anna Key, Women’s Soccer
Golden Bear Achievement Awards (highest GPA on each team)
Baseball: Michael Capbarat (English) Men’s Basketball: Nikola Knezevic (Mass Communications) Women’s Basketball: Julia Numair (Business Administration) Men’s Crew: Andre Bastos (Cognitive Science) Women’s Crew: Tricia Davitt (Mass Communications) Men’s Cross Country: Chris Chavez (Economics) Women’s Cross Country: Rebecca Yau (Public Health) Field Hockey: Anja Kuhk (Mass Communications) Football: Jordan Kay (American Studies) Men’s Golf: Freddy Wolfe (Interdisciplinary Studies)
Women’s Golf: Shannon Yocum (Economics) Men’s Gymnastics: Zach Boone (Spanish) Women’s Gymnastics: Elyse Wong (Civil Engineering) Lacrosse: Liz Reifsnyder (American Studies) Rugby: Jason Lee (Business Administration) Men’s Soccer: Michael Nieraeth (Integrative Biology) Women’s Soccer: Nkechi Kanu (Business Administration) Softball: Carly Winger (Business Administration) Men’s Swimming & Diving: Justin Pollard (Economics) Women’s Swimming & Diving: Kelly Stravers (Political Science)
Men’s Tennis: Pierre Mouillon (PEIS) Women’s Tennis: Claire Ilcinkas (Economics) Men’s Track & Field: Alex Beitashour (Business Administration) Women’s Track & Field: Francesca Weems (Mass Communications) Volleyball: Angie Pressey (History) Men’s Water Polo: Andrew Nesbit (Business Administration) Women’s Water Polo: Erika Hanson (Political Science) summer 2007
WOMEN’S Track & Field
800-meter Specialist Alysia Johnson Gaining Notice for Her Record Performances By Herb Benenson
or someone who relishes the individuality of track and field, Alysia Johnson failed just when the spotlight shined brightest.
This past March, Johnson became the first University of California woman in 17 years to win an NCAA indoor championship when she crossed the line ahead of the field in the 800-meter race. The achievement, perhaps the most significant of her promising career at the time, left her completely speechless. “My brain just stopped functioning,” Johnson recalled. “I had so many emotions, I couldn’t put it into a single word. It was an awesome feeling.” Johnson’s performances, though, speak more than loudly enough to compensate for her lack of words, so much so that as of late May, she ranked No. 1 in the United States and No. 5 in the world in her specialty event. For more than 20 years, the school record in the women’s 800 meters – Louise Romo’s 2:01.59 established in 1984 – had not been approached. No Golden Bear had come within two and a half seconds of the standard, a virtual eternity in track and field terms. Then, Johnson enrolled at Cal in the fall of 2004 from Canyon Country, Calif., and soon, the mark was in jeopardy. A high school state champion in the 800, Johnson’s PR entering college was 2:08.97, but that figure wouldn’t last long. As a freshman, Johnson chopped more than three seconds off her time, running 2:05.59 in her semifinal heat at the NCAA championships. She went on to earn AllAmerica honors with a sixth-place finish, crossing the line in 2:06.88 in the final. In 2006, Johnson again posted her best mark at the NCAA meet, this time clocking 2:03.04 en route to a bronze medal. Later that summer, she came within striking distance of Romo’s record when she finished the two-lap race in 2:01.80 at the USA Outdoor Championships, taking fourth in the event as the top collegian. 6
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That result led Johnson to fantasize about distinction between a runner and a racer. A the possibility of competing in even more runner, according to Sandoval, ignores the rest of the field and battles against the clock. prestigious races in her future. “In my senior year of high school, my A racer, on the other hand, assesses the combest time was only 2:08,” Johnson said. “I felt like I had a lot more gas in the tank. I just needed to be pushed. It was going to take experience for me to do what I wanted to do. Obviously, the Olympics have always been in my mind. After last year, it got me to start thinking about it. It is a dream that is possible.” As successful as her 2006 season was, Johnson’s junior campaign in 2007 has proven to be even more special, further solidi- Alysia Johnson edged Michigan’s Katie Erdman to win the fying her ambitions. At the NCAA 800-meter title at the NCAA outdoor championships. indoor meet in Fayetteville, Ark., she beat a strong field to finish in 2:03.47, “It was going to take expesetting a school indoor record and outrunning the reigning outdoor champion, Rerience for me to do what I wanted bekah Noble of Oregon, down the stretch. to do. Obviously, the Olympics The win gave the Bear program its first have always been in my mind. After indoor title since 1990 when Sheila Hudson captured both the long jump and triple jump. last year, it got me to start thinkJohnson continued her remarkable run ing about it. It is a dream that is up the Cal best-times chart in the spring when she finally passed Romo’s time at the possible.” California Collegiate Challenge April 28 – Alysia Johnson at Edwards Stadium. Breaking the tape in 2:01.48, Johnson essentially ran untested, as she finished more than five seconds ahead of her nearest pursuer. Johnson also left the field in her dust at the Pac-10 championships in May, finishing in 2:01.74, again more than five seconds faster than the runner-up from Stanford. Then at the NCAA outdoor championships in early June in Sacramento, Johnson improved her mark by more than two full seconds, claiming the national 800 title in 1:59.29 – the third-fastest time in collegiate history. Her event coach, Tony Sandoval, doesn’t want to speculate how much more Johnson can lower the standard. “I try not to put times on people because I think when you start to do that, then you also make it a barrier,” said Sandoval, who Alysia Johnson ran an indoor schoolis in his 25th season with the Bears and record 2:03.47 to win the 800-meter title at includes Romo among his distinguished the 2007 NCAA indoor meet. pupils at Cal. “When you get splits along petition in each contest and runs to win. “In the heat of battle, they end up the way, of the three things that can happen, two of them are bad. If you go too fast, you running a spectacular time,” Sandoval said. think, ‘I’ve gone too fast, I’m going to die.’ “I think that most coaches would prefer to If you go too slow, you think, ‘I’ve got to have a racer rather than a runner. Alysia is pick it up.’ Very rarely do you run a split an unbelievable racer.” Johnson, perhaps, developed that trait as that you want.” Instead, Sandoval prefers to make the a youngster back in Canyon Country. When
she was just five, she would watch an older cousin run track, and as the family grew up, more and more of her brothers and cousins joined the sport. Wanting to be included in the group, Johnson soon joined in. Despite being both the youngest and the only girl, more often than not, she was the fastest on the track. And it wasn’t as if the competition was lacking. One cousin, Dayne Comrie, grew up to run hurdles at UC Irvine; her older brother, Eric, recently completed his senior year as a 400-meter specialist at Cal Poly Pomona; and her younger cousin, K.J. Comrie, is a sprinter at Hart High School. An admittedly “super-competitive person,” Johnson began to concentrate on the 800 in high school, and by her senior year, she was voted the Santa Clarita Valley Athlete of the Year. With an important college decision looming, Johnson turned to another Canyon Country star, Lauren Fleshman, who was a multi-time NCAA champion at Stanford from 1999-2003 and is now the top-ranked 5000-meter runner in the United States. “She helped with applying to college and letting me know what I should look for,” Johnson said. “She has been a really good mentor, in that I can call her and let her know where I am at. She is good with pointers ... what to look out for. She has been pushing me in the direction of where I can achieve the goals I want to reach.” Her first choice was to attend Cal and join its up-and-coming distance program. “I’m an individual who likes to be different and start new things,” Johnson said. “I really like how Tony deals with his athletes. He is very fatherly, but also likes to get down to business.” Johnson, who runs each race with an artificial flower in her hair – a tradition she began in high school – further promotes her individuality in her choice of major: theater and performance studies. Although she has yet to fully participate in a production due to her track and field commitments, she did get the opportunity to work on the Berkeley Dance Project. “I am an outspoken person,” Johnson said. “I like to entertain, and I think that field works for me.” Just don’t expect Johnson to articulate her feelings the next time she wins a big race. The end result will speak loudly enough. summer 2007
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Student-Athlete Study Center
Student-Athletes Draw on Alumni Experiences in Athletic Study Center By John Sudsbury
lbert Einstein once said that the only source of knowledge is experience. The Athletic Study Center at the University of California follows that theory closely, as four of its academic advisors are former Cal student-athletes. When in need of assistance to negotiate the labyrinth that the University can become, the Golden Bears have the luxury to draw on the wisdom of each one of these advisors. Located in the Cesar Chavez Center at the heart of the Berkeley campus, Cal’s Athletic Study Center consists of a wide range of study aids, but a key piece of this center is the former student-athletes on staff. “Former student-athletes, and in particular former Cal student-athletes, provide excellent mentors for current student-athletes because they understand the Berkeley way,” said Derek Van Rheenen, the Director of the Athletic Study Center and a former Golden Bear soccer standout himself. “They can really help young student-athletes navigate the university culture and they understand the expectations of the classroom, as well as the playing field at an elite place like Berkeley.” The advisors are available to assist Cal student-athletes with academic advice, including planning course-loads, assisting with study skills development and implementing graduation strategies. However, with their experiences as student-athletes themselves, they can also assist with athletic issues, including managing practice times, dealing with the pressures of being a Division I athlete and even understanding personalities of coaches. “We try to do everything we can to help the students in their time here at Cal,” said Chris Lane, who played water polo for the Bears from 1999-2000 and has both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Cal. “That includes planning courses from semester to semester, mediating between the athletes and coaches and professors; making sure they’re fulfilling requirements, making sure they’re staying on track to graduate and eligible to compete, and sometimes, just being a confidante and a resource for them to talk about any sort of issue.” “For me, on top of all [the academic basics], I’m a mom away from home, a big sister, a diary, a confidante, a friend,” field hockey player turned advisor Courtney Dolder said. “We spend a lot of time talking about personal things, because those have a big impact on how they do academically and athletically. By seeing the big picture, it helps me help them.” The difficulty of being a student at the top public university in the nation, as well as being an athlete at a school which is battling for the Directors’ Cup as the top athletic program in the country, can be overwhelming at times. “I don’t want to take anything away from the student that has a family or a full-time job. Every student has their own story and their own obligations,” said Cassidy Raher, a basketball player from 1997-2000 and a current advisor. “But student-athletes have so many obligations – practice, conditioning, working out, studying, being on top of their academics and making sure they’re making progress towards their degree. Then there is 10
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FIELD HOCKEY the pressure to perform, sometimes before thousands of people. It can be intimidating.” The primary goal of the Athletic Study Center is to keep student-athletes focused and on track, while assisting them with dealing with the various pressures. Using their own life experiences, the academic advisors can often see potential roadblocks even before they happen. “We try to be very hands-on as advisors,” said Stephen Johnson, another of Cal’s advisors and a former Cal basketball player. “We are more proactive. If we see somewhere that’s slipping, then we are proactive in reaching out and saying you need to do x, y and z to get back on the ball. I definitely would have benefited from that.” Johnson’s own personal story may resonate best with the current Golden Bears. A highly touted 6-9, 210-pound forward from Baltimore who arrived at Cal in 1991, Johnson was a key player for the 1992-93 squad that advanced to the Sweet 16. However, he departed Berkeley to play professionally overseas without earning his degree. “I’ve been in their shoes, I know how it feels. I know the battle they have balancing athletics and academics,” Johnson said. “I can relate to them. A lot of student-athletes hit a wall and think they won’t make it. I just share my experiences and assure them they will make it. I also have an advantage
MEN’S BASKETBALL with some of the student-athletes because I know what it is to be a bad student.” After a 10-year professional career in Europe, Johnson felt a “monkey on his back.” He knew he needed a college degree, but more importantly, he wanted the respect that a degree would impart on him. Upon retiring, he made the return to Berkeley, logged a 3.7 GPA and earned his bachelor’s degree in May; he is now pursuing his master’s degree. “I know how it is when you are a poor student and what they can expect, what situations they will put themselves in,” he said. “But now I know what it takes to be a good student. I use both of those experiences to help my students. And I tell them to do what you have to do now, because you don’t want to have to come back five, six, seven years down the road.” Cal’s student-athletes are among the best in the nation, if not the world. With national champions, Olympians and future profes-
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sional athletes on “More than anything, having been a student-athlete campus, it is somegives me insight .... I have a good perspective on times difficult for other students to how to deal with coaches, parents, social life, many identify with them. of the things that affect students.” And vice versa. – Courtney Dolder How can someone truly understand the plight of a student-athIn addition to being able to identify with lete if they have never attempted the same the current crop of student-athletes, Dolder, juggling act of academics and athletics? Lane, Johnson and Raher also understand “I think (having played a sport here) the ins and outs of Cal. They are familiar gives me a lot of credibility,” Lane said. with many of the classes and professors, as “Our student-athletes know that I had to go well as the coaches and administrators withthrough what they’re going through. There in the Athletic Department. is a bond between athletes, so it gives me “Being an alum and a former student-athan automatic connection with whoever lete, I have a lot of pride being on campus walks through my door.” and helping the university that helped me “More than anything, having been a stu- so much,” said Raher, who worked for three dent-athlete gives me insight,” said Dolder, years as an academic advisor at USC before who was a member of the field hockey team returning to Cal. “That’s a key component in from 1993-94 and later served as the football my efforts every day. I want to make sure I’m team manager. “I’ve been there. Being away giving back to the university and the Athletic from home for the first time, balancing the Department that gave me so much.” rigors of Division I athletics with Cal has continued to build on its successthe education at the top public es in the athletics arena in recent years, but university. I have a good perspec- through that increased success, the school tive on how to deal with coaches, and Athletic Department have never lost parents, social life, many of the focus on the “student” side of student-aththings that affect students.” lete. The academic advisors in the Athletic Study Center are not just success stories for Cal athletics, they are using their own experiences to help foster future success stories for the Golden Bears. Athletic Study Center Staff summer 2007
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Tyson Ross poses with his family at a recent home game (left), and with head coach David Esquer while celebrating his 13th birthday at Evans Diamond on April 22, 2000. Ross is wearing the white Cal t-shirt.
After Attending Cal Camps as a Youngster, Pitcher Tyson Ross Enjoys Staying Close to Home By Scott Ball
or Tyson Ross, Cal’s supremely talented sophomore right-hander, it is all about family.
In Ross’ case, it is not only about his immediate family – father Willie, mother Jean, sister Francesca and brother Joe – but his Golden Bear family, as well. For this phenomenal college pitcher who is developing into one of the school’s all-time greats, the campus of the University of California has almost always felt like home. “I used to go to Cal baseball camps every summer growing up,” explained Ross, who was raised in Oakland and attended Bishop O’Dowd High School. “First it was former coach Bob Milano’s camp when I was eight, then it was David Esquer’s camp from then on. I would even go to the All Sports Camps up at Strawberry Canyon. It seemed like I was always at Cal playing sports. It was a part of my growing up.” Ross has now matured into a robust 6-5, 215 pounds and is utilizing all the skills he acquired as a Cal youth camper to the fullest of his abilities. He is the Bears’ No. 1 starter on the mound and has established himself among the up14
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per echelon of collegiate pitchers. After an impressive freshman campaign in 2006 in which he was selected honorable mention All-Pac-10, going 6-4 with a 3.19 ERA and 85 strikeouts in 84.2 innings, Ross was even better in 2007. This past spring, Ross was named a semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award as the nation’s top collegiate baseball player, and was among the Pac-10 leaders in strikeouts, earned run average, innings pitched and opponent batting average. He was selected the March 25 National Player of the Week by Collegiate Baseball after striking out 16 batters, only three away from the school record of 19 set by Larry Colton in 1963, with only one walk in seven innings against Oral Roberts.
On the year, Ross was a hard-luck 6-6, but had a 2.49 ERA with 120 strikeouts in 115.2 innings. An indication of his tough fortune, he lost four, one-run games, including two, 1-0 decisions. Ross threw at least six innings 15 times during the season, including a complete game at Stanford March 2. For his career, Ross already has 205 strikeouts in 200.1 innings with a 2.79 ERA. His strikeout total places him ninth on Cal’s career list and just 79 K’s away from the school record. “I remember when I first stepped on the mound as a freshman, I was thinking about all the Cal games I had watched growing up,” said Ross. “And I think about all the kids watching me now, just like I used to watch Cal players when I was young. I learned back then, watching those games at Evans Diamond, I wanted to be a Bear.” Ross also learned how to throw his dominating curveball from his future pitching coach as a youth camper at Evans Diamond. “I learned how to throw a curveball from coach (Dan) Hubbs at Cal Camp when I was 15,” said Ross. “With his help, it came really easy for me.” It is not every day that a coach gets a
for the Cal baseball program. He is part of Cal’s youth brigade that listed 26 underclassmen on the 39-man squad this past spring, including freshman outfielder Jeff Kobernus, who was a high school teammate of Ross at Bishop O’Dowd. “It is a lot of fun to have ‘Kobe’ on the team,” said Ross. “We are starting to have fun here like we did in high school ... going out and having a good time on the field and winning. I really like this team. It is mostly Bay Area kids who have played together on all-star teams or against each other. We have
States, it is his relationship with his family that helped convince Ross to stay local and attend Cal. “My family is very important to me,” said Ross, whose father, Willie, is a pediatrician, and mother, Jean, is a nurse at the Children’s Hospital in Oakland. “That is why I went to Cal, to stay close to home so my family could see me play.” Intending to major in American studies, Ross would like to coach some day after completing his degree and playing baseball professionally. With his tall frame, good
“Beyond Tyson’s ability, he is a product of a good family. He is the total package in what you would want in a college athlete ... he does all the little things that make someone successful.” – head coach David Esquer chance to teach a youngster a craft, and then has the benefit of coaching that player in college and seeing him develop into one of the nation’s best. “No doubt it is a unique circumstance to be the one who taught Tyson how to throw a breaking pitch and then to have the opportunity to see everything progress for him,” said Hubbs, who is now in his eighth season mentoring the Cal pitching staff. “He has a chance to be better than anyone I have ever coached at Cal. He has unbelievable poise on the mound. The key to Tyson is his feel for the game ... how instinctual his pitching is. He is an excellent athlete, a complete pitcher and his work ethic is second to none. He is a joy to coach. But as good of a baseball player as he is, he is an even better person.” With his engaging smile and easy-going manner, as well as his ability on the field, Ross has become an ambassador of sorts
a feel of local pride with a lot of friends and family around to cheer us on. I love it here at Cal – the school, the athletics, the town of Berkeley. We have great coaches. Coach Hubbs and coach Esquer are great people to work with. With coaches like that, the sky is the limit. I am really looking forward to the future.” In addition to pitching for the Bears, Ross also has experience as a two-year member of the USA Junior National team in 2004 and 2005. A highlight for the Oakland native in international competition came in the fall of 2005 when he threw five shutout innings against powerhouse Cuba in a tournament in Villahermosa, Mexico. This summer, Ross will be with the USA National team for the Pan American Games in Brazil and World Championships in The Netherlands. Having had the opportunity to travel around the globe representing the United
velocity and wide array of pitches, the Cal hurler is projected be one of the nation’s top picks in the June 2008 Major League Draft. When time allows, Ross also enjoys helping his dad coach his younger brother, Joe, 13, who pitches and plays shortstop, just like Tyson did as a youngster. Ross’ sister, Frankie, also an athlete, is a senior at Bishop O’Dowd and will be playing soccer at Portland State next fall. “Beyond Tyson’s ability, he is a product of a good family,” said Esquer. “He is the total package in what you would want in a college athlete ... he does all the little things that make someone successful. His Friday night performances have been as good as anyone we have ever had. Tyson is so wellliked that players from his junior national teams want to come to Cal. He is one of those people both likeable to younger kids and likeable to adults. He has a smile that is infectious.” summer 2007
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Women’s Football Huddle August 3
oin the Cal football coaching staff for a fun evening of learning the ins and outs of football at the annual Women’s Football Huddle Friday, Aug. 3. Designed especially for women, participants will take part in interactive events on the Memorial Stadium turf. Check-in time is from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. and on-field activities begin at 6:30. Participants should wear workout apparel and tennis shoes. Free appetizers, beer, wine and a T-shirt are included in the $35 registration fee ($60 for two people). Reserve your space by going online at www.calmarketplace.org or calling (800) GO BEARS. Space is limited, so be sure to register early.
Meet the Bears at Fan Appreciation Day
al fans can get an up-close and personal look at the 2007 Golden Bear football team at Fan Appreciation Day on Saturday, Aug. 25, inside Memorial Stadium. Head coach Jeff Tedford, his staff and the entire Cal fan Ellen Abbatecola with team invite fans to enjoy a day of Cal football. Thomas DeCoud Meet and greet all the players and coaches, take part in real-life football drills on the Momentum Turf and get player autographs. There will be free food and other giveaways throughout the day. In addition, all fans will receive the official 2007 Cal football team poster. Log onto CalBears.com for more information, which will be announced in the coming weeks.
Fun Zone and March to Victory – Two Gameday Traditions
al’s Fun Zone brought to you by Subway will be held on Maxwell Family Field two-and-a-half hours before each home football game. The Fun Zone features a Kids Zone, a new and improved Food Zone, the Cal Beer Garden, inflatable games, interactive booths, giveaways, contests and much more. Make sure you also come out and cheer on the Golden Bears as they arrive at Memorial Stadium for the “March to Victory,” which starts 2 hours and 15 minutes before game time. Your support will help fire them up!
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From Tackle to Transplant Surgeon Dr. John Najarian Has Used His Cal Background to Become a Giant in the Medical Field
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appy’s Boys are renowned for their success on the football field, and many of those legendary Golden Bear football players have gone on to even greater success after their days in Berkeley. One of those “Boys,” Dr. John Najarian, achieved one of his life goals by helping Cal to the 1949 Rose Bowl, and he achieved another by becoming a doctor and developing into a worldfamous transplant surgeon. An Oakland product, Najarian was a Golden Bear football standout and earned his undergraduate degree in three years. Among a glut of candidates for Cal’s medical school, he saw his football playing experience as a key chip for him to gain acceptance to the program. Because he had graduated in three years, Najarian had the opportunity to continue with his football career while attending medical school, the first year of which was on the Berkeley campus. The 1948 team rolled to a perfect 10-0 regular season record, and Najarian found himself with an interesting dilemma. “The two weeks leading up to the Rose Bowl were when my med school classmates spent their time studying for finals, which were very important and very difficult in the first year,” he said. “So I went to the Rose Bowl with a suitcase full of books, which I never opened, needless to say.” Despite the lack of preparation for that first round of finals, his success in the classroom continued. After earning his M.D. in 1952, Najarian soon became a leader in the field of transplant surgeries and formed one of the world’s largest transplant programs at the University of Minnesota. “We’ve accomplished a lot in surgery and transplants,” Najarian said. “The one thing I am most proud of is the over 200 surgeons I have trained over the years. Anywhere I go, there’s somebody I trained there ... Cyprus, Greece, England, wherever.” Through all of the success in his nearly 60 years after his days in Berkeley, Najarian continues to be a big fan of the Bears. He attends one or two Cal games every year with the rest of Pappy’s Boys, reliving the great years of the past and enjoying the new-found success under coach Jeff Tedford. “I bleed blue and gold,” he said. “Tedford has been a breath of fresh air. When Tedford arrived, all of a sudden things changed. In 1946, we had Frank Wickhorst as our coach; he tried to treat us like we were in the service and we ended up 2-7. With almost the same team the next year, Pappy Waldorf ended up 9-1. It’s similar to what Tedford has done. He’s taken it to the top.” Like so many other Cal fans and alumni, Najarian would love to see the Bears make a return to Pasadena for the New Year’s Day game. On the wall of his office is an article saved from the Los Angeles Times following Cal’s 20-14 loss in the 1949 Rose Bowl. The headline is “How To Win a Game Without the Football” with a photo of Northwestern’s Art Murakowski. “It shows us hitting him on the one-yard line and the ball is out of his hands and the goal line can be clearly seen,” Najarian said. “He doesn’t have the ball! But the referee gave the touchdown to them.” As a man who has been a key part of lifting medicine to levels never thought possible, it is fitting he is also a fan of another bit of modern technology. “We sure could have used instant replay back in that Rose Bowl,” Najarian said.
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2007 Record: 29-26 2007 Pac-10 Finish: 12-12/4th
2007 Pac-10 Finish: 2nd 2007 IRA Finish: 5th
Cal made a late bid for a postseason berth, winning six of its last eight games, but was not selected for an NCAA regional despite finishing alone in fourth place in the Pac-10 standings. The Bears did have two players, sophomore right-hander Tyson Ross and sophomore first baseman David Cooper, earn first-team All-Pac-10 accolades, while four others – sophomore right-hander Matt Gorgen, sophomore left-hander Craig Bennigson, and freshman outfielders Blake Smith and Jeff Kobernus – were tabbed honorable mention All-Pac-10.
Men’s Basketball 2006-07 Record: 16-17 2006-07 Pac-10 Finish: 6-12/8th
After an injury-plagued regular season that limited Cal to no more than nine healthy scholarship players for most of the year, the Bears came alive in the Pac-10 Tournament, defeating Oregon State, 70-51, in the opening round and upending top-seeded UCLA, 76-69 in overtime, to reach the semifinals for the fourth time in the last six years. Pac-10 All-Freshman team member Ryan Anderson was the only player to rank among the top five in the league in both scoring and rebounding, while Ayinde Ubaka, who matched his career high with 29 points in the tourney win over the Bruins, finished 17th on Cal’s all-time scoring list with 1,194 points.
Women’s Basketball 2006-07 Record: 23-9 2006-07 Pac-10 Finish: 12-6/3rd NCAA Finish: 1st Round
Under the direction of Pac-10 Coach of the Year Joanne Boyle, Cal assembled one of its best seasons in school history. The Bears finished the year one win shy of matching the 1983-84 Bears (24-8) for the school record for most wins in a season and earned consecutive NCAA Tournament berths for only the second time in program history. This year’s team also placed third in the Pac-10 for a school-best showing, and at 12-6, the Bears equaled the 1991-92 squad for the best Pac-10 record in school history. Devanei Hampton, the Pac10 Player of the Year, and Ashley Walker garnered honorable mention Associated Press All-America honors.
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Cal finished fifth in the varsity eight grand final at the IRA championships on the Cooper River in Camden N.J., but the Bears did not leave the regatta without their fair share of medals. Cal’s freshman eight won the national title – the ninth consecutive year the Bears have placed among the top three. In addition, Cal captured championships in the freshman four and varsity four. The Bears’ freshman eight also won its fifth straight Pac-10 title, while the varsity eight placed second in the conference races.
Women’s Crew 2007 Pac-10 Finish: 2nd 2007 NCAA Finish: 7th
After winning national team titles in both 2005 and 2006, Cal finished seventh at this year’s NCAA championships in Oak Ridge, Tenn. The Bears’ second varsity eight had the highest finish among Cal’s boats, taking second in the grand final. Cal’s varsity four also reached the medal stand with a third-place showing, while the varsity eight placed 13th. At the Pac-10 regatta, the Bears won the second varsity race and were third in the varsity eight. Cal placed second behind USC in the team standings.
Men’s Cross Country 2006 Pac-10 Finish: 8th
Led by David Torrence’s 13th-place showing, Cal finished 10th at the NCAA West Regional in the fall. Torrence, an all-region and second-team All-Pac10 choice, capped the season with his first appearance at the NCAA championships, where he was 92nd out of 250 runners. Torrence paced the Bears in all five races he competed in, recording four top-25 performances. Mark Matusak also stood out for Cal, finishing second among all Bears’ runners in all four of his races. Chris Chavez was tabbed first-team Pac-10 All-Academic, while Matusak was a second-team pick.
Women’s Cross Country 2006 Pac-10 Finish: 9th
Cal won the USF Invitational and Aggie Open to start the season and wrapped up the year with an 18th-place finish at the NCAA West Regional. Junior Rebecca Yau led Cal in five of the six events she entered in 2006 and posted three top-15 results. Yau paced the Bears at the Pac-10 championships (26th, 21:35.57) and at the NCAA West Regional (33rd, 22:24.69). Bridget Duffy, Pippa Macdonald, Elizabeth Mayeda, Mackenzie Pierce, Lisa Sandoval and Yau were honorable mention Pac-10 All-Academic selections.
Field Hockey 2006 Record: 17-5 2006 NorPac Finish: 6-0/1st 2006 NCAA Finish: 1st Round
Senior Valentina Godfrid led the Bears through an undefeated conference season and into the NCAA Tournament. The national leader in both goals (34) and points (75), Godfrid became the first Cal player to be named a first-team AllAmerican since 1987. She also capped off her Cal career topping the Golden Bear charts in career goals (93) and career point (220). A second-team All-West Region selection, sophomore Ashley Glosz was second on the team in goals with 13. Shellie Onstead was voted NorPac Conference Coach of the Year for the sixth time.
Football 2006 Record: 10-3 2006 Pac-10 Finish: 7-2/T1st 2006 Final Ranking: 14th
The Golden Bear football team continued its impressive run of success in 2006, winning 10 games for just the eighth time in school history, advancing to a school-record fourth straight bowl game, achieving a Top 10 national ranking for the third year in a row and capturing a share of the Pac-10 title for the first time since 1975. The season culminated with a convincing 45-10 triumph over Texas A&M in the Holiday Bowl. Cornerback Daymeion Hughes and wide receiver/return specialist DeSean Jackson were honored as consensus AllAmericans. Hughes was the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year, while Marshawn Lynch earned the same honor on the offensive side of the ball. Lynch, linebacker Desmond Bishop and defensive tackle Brandon Mebane joined Hughes and Jackson as All-Americans.
Men’s Golf 2007 Pac-10 Finish: 9th 2007 NCAA Regional Finish: 14th
Cal returned to the national scene by qualifying for the NCAA West Regional for the first time since winning the national championship in 2004. The Bears posted their best performance of the season at the regional, but fell just short of advancing to nationals. Junior Michael Jensen stepped into a starring role in the spring, pacing the team in five of its eight events, including an impressive 18th-place finish at regionals. Junior Brandon Beck was also strong at regionals, tying for 30th. Chris Jensen led a trio of freshmen on the young Cal roster, averaging a 73.2 over seven tournaments.
2007 Record: 11-18 2007 Pac-10 Finish: 0-6/7th 2007 NCAA Regional Finish: 4th
Cal capped off the 2007 season with its highest ranking since 2004 when the Bears were ranked 26th at the end of the year. Cal hosted the NCAA West Regional in Haas Pavilion and captured fourth place on its home floor. The Bears posted their second-highest team score in school history when they totaled 196.500 in a quad meet at UC Davis. Sophomore Jessica Kelley continued to progress, coming through with a career-best 39.450 in the all-around competition at Davis. Four gymnasts also scored 9.900 or higher in three different events this season.
2007 Pac-10 Finish: 5th 2007 NCAA Regional Finish: 19th
Cal earned its eighth consecutive bid for the NCAA regionals on the strength of a fifth-place showing at the Pac-10 championships. Sophomore Allison Goodman was the Bears’ most consistent golfer, pacing the Bears in eight of their 11 events and finishing fifth at the Pac-10 Tournament. Both Goodman and freshman Sofia Janer were chosen honorable mention all-conference.
Men’s Gymnastics 2007 Record: 11-10 2007 MPSF Finish: 3rd 2007 NCAA Finish: 7th
Cal completed its season with a Top10 NCAA championships finish for the 11th time in the last 12 years with a seventh-place standing. Junior Tim McNeill captured two national titles, winning both the pommel horse and the parallel bars at the NCAA meet. He also won the pommel horse as a sophomore in 2006. In addition, junior Colin Christ and sophomore Kyson Bunthuwong earned All-America honors. The Bears’ biggest team win was a victory over then-No. 3 Ohio State March 10 in Berkeley, while Cal also placed third at the MPSF championships.
Lacrosse 2007 Record: 7-10 2007 MPSF Finish: 2-3/4th
Cal reached the MPSF Tournament third-place game to cap its season. Senior Laura Cavallo ended her career as the Golden Bears’ alltime leader in both total points (202 points) and goals (145), while senior teammate Liz Reifsnyder wound up her career ranked second in assists (63) in Cal history. Cavallo and senior goalkeeper Hilary Lynch tied the mark for most games played as a Bear (73 each). Head coach Jill Malko retired from coaching after the season and accepted a position in the University Relations office on campus.
Rugby 2007 Record: 25-1 2007 National Finish: 1st
En route to their 37-7 repeat victory over BYU in the championship final, the Bears swept all collegiate competition, including the British Columbia Thunderbirds, for their eighth “World Cup” in the last 11 years. Cal lost its only match when the Bears fell six points short to the 2006 Rugby Super League champion OMBAC. In the national tournament, Cal beat its postseason opponents by the combined score of 166-10 for its 23rd championship and fourth collegiate title in a row. Sophomore Colin Hawley was honored as MVP of the championship.
Men’s Soccer 2006 Record: 13-6-1 2006 Pac-10 Finish: 7-3-0/1st NCAA Finish: 3rd Round
Cal collected its first Pac-10 title and head coach Kevin Grimes received an unprecedented third Pac-10 Coach of the Year Award before the Bears began their NCAA College Cup campaign. The tournament’s 13th seed, Cal received a first-round bye and defeated New Mexico, 3-1, before falling at Virginia. Forward Javier Ayala-Hil, midfielder Eric Ebert, midfielder Andrew Jacobson and defender Steve Purdy earned first-team All-Pac-10 notice. Purdy, Cal’s second-leading scorer with five goals, was selected to several All-America teams, while Ayala-Hil paced the squad with 12 goals, which tied for second in the Pac-10.
Women’s Soccer 2006 Record: 12-5-5 2006 Pac-10 Finish: 3-3-3/6th NCAA Finish: 2nd Round
Cal made its 14th NCAA Tournament appearance and eighth in the last nine seasons in 2006. Behind two goals and an assist from Julia Schnugg, Cal defeated Auburn, 3-1, in the first round of NCAAs before falling to Florida State, 3-1. The Bears solidified their postseason fate by posting dramatic wins over No. 4 Santa Clara (10 OT) and No. 11 Stanford (1-0) during the final week of the regular season. Courtney Hooker, Nadia Al-Lami and Caroline Lea received first-team All-Pac-10 accolades. Kevin Boyd resigned as head coach after the year’s end and was succeeded by Neil McGuire, a former head coach at Texas Tech and Mississippi State.
Softball 2007 Record: 34-32 2007 Pac-10 Record/Finish: 7-14/8th 2007 NCAA Finish: Regionals
Cal received its 22nd consecutive berth in the NCAA Tournament – the longest active streak in the Pac-10 and second longest in the country. With a squad that featured seven freshmen and faced the nation’s fourth-toughest schedule, the Bears had eight wins over Top 25 teams. Five players earned all-conference recognition, including lone senior Alex Sutton, who nabbed second-team honors after pacing the squad with 12 home runs and 47 RBI. Gina Leomiti batted a team-high .354, while Cal set a school record with 322 runs scored on the year.
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Men’s Swimming & Diving 2006-07 Record: 5-3 2007 Pac-10 Finish: 2nd 2007 NCAA Finish: 8th
Patrick O’Neil won the 200 butterfly at the NCAA championships in a school-record 1:42.98 to lead Cal to an eighth-place national finish, the 10th consecutive year the Bears have finished in the Top 10. At the Pac-10 meet, O’Neil (200fly), Dominik Meichtry (200 freestyle) and David Russell (100 backstroke) each captured a conference title. As a team, Cal was the league runner-up. Sophomore Sam Helvie was named the Pac-10 Diver of the Month for January, while Meichtry was the conference Swimmer of the Month for January, as well.
Women’s Swimming & Diving 2006-07 Record: 10-1 2007 Pac-10 Finish: 3rd 2007 NCAA Finish: 3rd
Behind individual titles from Dana Vollmer and Jessica Hardy, plus three relay championships, Cal finished third at the NCAA meet – the highest placing in the program’s history. Vollmer won the 100 butterfly, with Hardy repeating as champion in the 100 breaststroke. In addition, the Bears captured the 400 free relay, 800 free relay and 400 medley relay all in American-record times. Cal won nine Pac-10 titles – six individual and three relays – and placed third at the conference meet. Freshman diver Samantha Young was named the Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year.
Men’s Tennis 2007 Record: 14-10 2007 Pac-10 Finish: 4-3/T3rd 2007 NCAA Finish: 1st Round
For the eighth year in a row, head coach Peter Wright guided Cal into the NCAA Tournament. The Bears, however, lost a hard-fought match to Oklahoma in the first round, 4-3. During the regular season, Cal defeated Stanford in both meetings, with the first contest a 7-0 sweep in Berkeley. The second victory was the regular-season finale that played a big part in Cal’s clinching a spot in the NCAA championships. Junior Pierre Mouillon earned first-team All-Pac-10 honors and was ranked in the Top 35 of the ITA singles rankings the entire year.
2007 Record: 23-7 2007 Pac-10 Finish: 5-3/4th 2007 NCAA Finish: Semifinals
2006 Record: 22-10 2006 Pac-10 Finish: 9-9/5th 2006 NCAA Finish: Sweet 16
Cal upset second-ranked Georgia in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament to reach the semifinals for the first time since 2003 and the sixth time in the history of the program. The Bears ended the season ranked No. 5 and featured three All-Americans. Susie Babos and Zsuzsanna Fodor earned All-America honors in both singles and doubles, and the tandem was named the Pac-10 Doubles Team of the Year. Freshman Nina Henkel was also an All-American in singles and a second-team AllPac-10 selection. In addition, head coach Jan Brogan retired after 29 seasons at the helm of the program.
Men’s Track & Field 2007 Pac-10 Finish: 9th 2007 NCAA Finish: 68th
In a year that included a Top-20 finish at the NCAA indoor championships, Cal had a slew of outstanding individual performances. Most notably, junior David Torrence broke a 50-year-old record in the mile, running 3:58.62 on Edwards Track. Junior Ed Wright was an indoor and outdoor All-American in the high jump with a sixth-place finish at both NCAA meets. Senior Kevin Davis also finished 10th in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (8:41.51) at the NCAA outdoor championships.
Women’s Track & Field 2007 Pac-10 Finish: 8th 2007 NCAA Finish: 8th
Behind championships from junior Alysia Johnson (800 meters) and senior Kelechi Anyanwu (discus), Cal finished a program-record eighth at the NCAA outdoor meet. Johnson ran the third-fastest collegiate time ever in the 800, finishing in 1:59.29, while Anyanwu’s toss of 188-11 was also a school record. In addition, senior Carrie Johnson was sixth in the shot put and sophomore Inika McPherson claimed sixth in the high jump. At the NCAA indoor championships, Johnson’s title in the 800 meters propelled the Bears to 15th place.
400 medley relay champions (l-r): Emily Silver, Dana Vollmer, Lauren Rogers, Jessica Hardy
Cal made its fifth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance and advanced to the Round of 16 for the second time in school history. The Bears were ranked 13th in the final AVCA poll after defeating LSU and Cal Poly in the NCAA first and second rounds in San Luis Obispo, before falling to Stanford at regionals. Cal opened the year by winning 14 of its first 15 matches, capturing three in-season tournaments along the way. Junior outside hitter Angie Pressey, who had a team-high 487 kills, was chosen first-team All-Pac10 for the third straight year, as well as a second-team All-American. Senior libero Jillian Davis completed her career with a school-record 1,810 digs.
Men’s Water Polo 2006 Record: 31-4 2006 MPSF Finish: 6-2/1st 2006 NCAA Finish: 1st
Cal won its NCAA-record 12th NCAA championship with a 7-6 victory over USC on junior Jeff Tyrrell’s last-second shot in the national title match. Tyrell also scored the game-winner in the MPSF championship game when the Bears defeated the Trojans, 6-5, to give Cal an automatic bid in the NCAA field. Head coach Kirk Everist was named national Coach of the Year, while junior goalie Mark Sheredy was selected NCAA Tournament MVP. The Golden Bears had 10 All-Americans, including MPSF Tournament MVP John Mann. Mann paced Cal with 80 goals and finished his career as a three-time first-team All-American.
Women’s Water Polo 2007 Record: 12-11 2007 MPSF Finish: 6-6/7th
The Cal women’s water polo program placed ninth in the MPSF Tournament, concluding its season with a 98 victory over host Arizona State. Senior Elsie Windes was named second-team All-MPSF, despite missing five matches during the year when she was with the gold medal-winning USA National team at the World Championships. In addition, Darby Anderson was selected to the MPSF All-Freshman squad. Freshman Grace Reynolds paced Cal with 43 goals and junior Molly Hayes was the March 13 MPSF Player of the Week.
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Big Change for Big Game Stanford’s Smaller Stadium Forces New Seating Plan
or 109 years, a rivalry like no other was also able to have a ticket arrangement like no other. But with the reduced size of the new Stanford Stadium, those golden days are over. Of the 71,743 fans at Stanford for the 2005 Big Game, almost 40,000 purchased tickets though the Cal Athletic Ticket Office. But the 2007 meeting at the Farm between the Bears and Cardinal marks the unfortunate dawning of a new age, with Cal allotted only 15,000 tickets to fill the new 50,000-capacity Stanford Stadium. “I don’t know of another rivalry that’s anything like the Big Game in terms of seating arrangements,” said Hunt Holsapple, Cal’s Director of Ticket Operations. “Even the 15,000 is much larger than what any other school gets.” With this significant reduction in allotment, the ticket office had to bear down to face the new math. Limited availability meant a plan had to be created that could distribute tickets in a manner that reflected a sensible approach to an imbalanced equation. As a result, season-ticket plans for 2007 do not automatically include a ticket to the 110th Big Game on Dec.1. The highest levels of donors with season tickets, Pappy Waldorf and above, were able to purchase six tickets beginning June 1, with subsequent donor levels able to purchase two or four tickets at later dates in June, ending with availability of remaining tickets to the general public on July 15 (see chart). “What Cal is doing as far as allotment and on-sale dates is no different than any other Division I institution,” said Holsapple. “Forty-thousand just does not go into 15,000.”
Mark Long Hired as Fulltime Fundraiser Based in Southern California
ark Long ’86, a two-year football starter at Cal (1983-84), has joined the Office of Athletic Development as the Director of Development for Southern California. His appointment establishes an important beachhead to cultivate support in the lower half of the state as the Athletic Department continues to evolve to meet its ambitious fundraising goals. Residing in Orange County with a diverse background in fundraising and athletics from Berkeley to Baton Rouge to Barcelona, with an eight-year stint in between with the USC Athletic Department, Long is a perfect choice to further the mission of Cal Athletics as a fulltime member of the Southern California community who comes from the Golden Bear family. “Being a student-athlete at Cal taught me so many things. I took away great lessons about character for life after graduation,” said Long. “I hope though my work the people of Southern California will feel better connected to the University.”
Athletic Development Favorite Golden Bear Memory
1982 Big Game Ruth Ann and Tom Hornaday flank their son, Jim, at the Grand Canyon. At the 1982 Big Game, moments before The Play, are (L-R) Ted Falk (with binoculars), a lefthanded pitcher for the Bears and now a dentist in Fresno, Tom Hornaday, Ruth Ann (Hague) Hornaday and Marcia (Samuelson) Falk.
Rugby Experience Makes Lasting Impression on Tom Hornaday Tom Hornaday ’63 and his wife, Ruth Ann ’61, are longtime Bear Backers who also founded the Greater Good Science Center on campus. A member of the football and rugby teams while a student at Cal and now a university trustee, Tom quickly recalls the 1959 men’s basketball team, which won the NCAA championship his freshman year, as well as The Play, which he witnessed in 1982, when prompted to list some favorite Golden Bear memories. But two unforgettable rugby coaches also left a lasting impression on the future real estate developer who now resides in Scottsdale, Ariz.
I Jim “Truck” Cullom
Miles “Doc” Hudson
played freshman football at Cal in 1958 and spring ball in ’59, and I was on the JV rugby team that spring, as well. But I temporarily transferred to UCLA because my mother had cancer and lived down south in Chula Vista. Our freshman football line coach at Cal was Jim “Truck” Cullom, also an assistant under rugby head coach Miles “Doc” Hudson. Truck was a great guy, a heck of an athlete, feisty, and he liked to scrimmage with the rugby team during practice. I came back to Memorial Stadium while playing rugby for UCLA in the spring of 1961. During the game, a fracas broke out and everybody was still jostling after the whistle. Even though he was a coach, Truck came into it off the sideline, and I happened to be the first guy in his path. All of a sudden he stopped and said, “Hornaday, jeez, what happened to you? I didn’t know you were at UCLA!” We’re shaking hands with this melee going on all around us, and Truck and I are in the middle of it talking about old times. I came back to Cal and Marv Levy let me walk on as a redshirt for football in the fall ’61. That spring, in ’62, I played rugby for the Bears, and we had a flyhalf named Steve Nesbitt who was an All-Black (New Zealand National Team). Doc, of course, was from New Zealand and had great respect for that. We were playing in the Monterey Rugby Tournament, and I was playing No. 8. Pete Olson, our scrumhalf, got sent off and Steve told me to move to Olson’s spot. I’m over there putting the ball into the scrum, and Doc yells from the sideline, “Hornaday! What are you doing?” I said, “I’m playing scrumhalf!” He said, “Who in the hell told you to do that?” “Well, Nesbitt did!” “Oh,” was all he said. I guess if the All-Black had told me to play scrumhalf, that was good enough for Doc. After I graduated, I lived in San Francisco and played rugby for the Olympic Club. We came to Cal, and once again I was on the other side in 1966. Cal had the great team that had gone to Australia and was crushing all the college teams, but we tied them, 11-11, I think it was. After the game, Doc came up to me. “Hornaday,” he said, “you’re not looking too bad ... yet.”
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Mark and Karen Biestman with their son Ross
Celebrating Their Son’s Graduation and Their 25th Wedding Anniversary, Mark & Karen Biestman Believe in the Bears By Anton Malko
aren Biestman is wheeling a giant piece of luggage down Bancroft Way. It’s mid-May and not yet time for her 25th wedding anniversary trip; first, she has to grade all the papers inside the rolling archive, give two more exams and attend graduation ceremonies. She looks across to the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity house, where her older son, Ross, served two terms as president over the past four years, and where husband, Mark, was president when they fell in love as undergrads on the Berkeley campus. There’s barely time to acknowledge that their eldest son is taking his last exam as a Cal student this morning, but Karen’s hectic life seems a happy one, too, and she makes time to sit and talk about Cal Athletics. “Athletics is not only compatible with the mission of the university, but furthers it,” Karen said. Her vantage point as a faculty member and parent of a rugby scholar-athlete offers a particularly informed perspective. The lecturer in American Studies earned her B.A. from Cal and J.D. from the Boalt School of Law before immediately taking a post as a lecturer of Native American Studies in 1983. Her career at Berkeley, also nearing 25 years, has included many academic and administrative leadership positions. Inside a restaurant on the corner of College Avenue, Mark joins the conversation and harks back to their days as Cal students. “Back then, Cal football was still a pretty big deal,” he said of his arrival as a freshman in the fall of 1976. “The Bears were coming off their Pac-8 championship, with players like (quarterback) Joe Roth, (running back) Chuck Muncie and (offensive lineman) Jack Clark.” It was an era of football that wouldn’t be seen at Cal again until recent times.
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Athletic Development Bear Backer Spotlight Karen served as the 1978 Big Game Queen, a tradition that ended the following year. “It was quite an extensive process of interviews with faculty, administrators and students,” she recalled. “It really connected me with the institution, the pride and the history associated with it.” Mark was in Pasadena for the 1979 Rose Bowl festivities when a Los Angeles Times photographer begged him to pose for the paper surrounded by bowl queens. “The Michigan guy was late and the USC guy didn’t show up for the photo shoot,” he said, “so the photographer offered me the chance to pose at the front of the float, but it would be with a USC jacket on. I said, ‘If my friends saw me, I’d never be allowed to go back to Cal.’” Mark declined the offer to appear in the newspaper wearing a rival school’s attire and returned home safely to graduate with his economics degree, taking a detour after Cal to earn his MBA from the Stanford Executive Program. Karen also found herself on the Farm, contributing several years as a lecturer and the Stanford
self-respect and their respect for the institution,” she said. “I believe coach Jack Clark has a saying, ‘Entitled to nothing; grateful for everything.’” Grateful their son certainly is. For a springtime speech to the Big C Society, clad in his varsity rugby sweater – you’re unlikely to see a rugger represent his school at a function without one –- Ross reflected on the powerful alliance between Cal’s athletic and academic standards. “Academics and athletics are the dual jewels in the University’s crown,” Ross said in his speech. “Athletics unites the University community and alumni in spirit. Academics come first in the lives of students, but we are better students and citizens because of what athletics teaches us. When we graduate, both experiences shape and enrich our lives in ways none of us starting as freshmen could have anticipated.” Concurrent to Ross’ four years at Cal has been a remarkable run of success for Cal Athletics, and his father
Law School’s Assistant Dean of Students. After business school, Mark embarked on what has become almost 30 years in the information technology sector. He has held vice-president positions at both Netscape and Commerce One, participating in both of their initial public offerings, and also served as CEO of Seven Networks and Real Clear Technologies. In 2005, he launched his own company, LinksMark Media, serving digital advertising to the international golf community and the broader sporting goods retail market. In addition to his service on the executive board of the Missile Defense Advocacy & Alliance, Mark is also a member of the UC Foundation and a board member of the Cal Football Grid Club. Karen, a native Oklahoman with Cherokee heritage, has been a consultant for more than 10 years to the National Indian Justice Center, the Center for American Indian Research and Education, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. She enjoys active board memberships on the American Council of Education, the Office of Women in Higher Education and the California Indian Museum and Cultural Center. Throughout Mark and Karen’s careers, the family has remained loyal to the Golden Bears. They are longtime football and basketball season-ticket holders who have no plans to stop enjoying rugby at Witter Rugby Field after Ross flips his tassel, either. Karen is “impressed only partially by the national championships” in her experience observing Cal’s rugby team on and off the field. “I’m more impressed by the leadership, the humility, the
applies an economist’s eye when he traces the ripple effects of a successful athletic program that is nurturing extraordinary student-athletes. “You can see the formula for success, from the growth of fans, the expansion of the University as a brand, down to the sales of food and beverage; all the shirts and hats,” Mark said. “It’s all part of what I call ‘the forced multiplier effect.’ The University demands excellence, absolutely nothing less, and it’s great that it’s reflected in our Athletic Department. The net-net is that everybody feels better about themselves.” And with Bear Backers like the Biestmans, these good times for California Athletics are bound to get better and better. summer 2007
WOMEN’S Track & Field
‘ER’ Plans Career in Public Health Cal Experience Helps Elizabeth Mayeda Choose Her Professional Path
By Chris DeConna
pidemiology is defined as the study of the distribution and causes of disease in populations. Senior distance runner Elizabeth Mayeda can be defined as one of the most determined, patient, hard-working and successful student-athletes at Cal.
How do the two relate? Already accepted into the School of Public Health at Columbia University, Mayeda will soon pursue her dream of working in a medical field where she can apply her experiences at Cal to better the welfare of society for the future. An Oakland native with strong ties to the East Bay, Mayeda faced a difficult decision to move across the country to attend graduate school. After all, she has a sister, Mary, who recently completed her second year at Cal, one of her grandfathers attended Cal, and her parents met in a master’s program at Cal. “I decided that it would be beneficial to try someplace different.” Mayeda said. “Plus, it is only two years, so it is a safe move, as well, because I will be in a new place with other people that are new (to the program). I’ve been in the Bay Area my whole life, so I thought it would be nice to try something different.” Mayeda first thought about possible career in public health when she was considering a statistics major to complement her integrative biology major. Lectures on the subject made the distinction between clinical medicine and public health really stand out in her mind and she ultimately decided to add public health as a second major. Mayeda’s coursework, combined with her volunteer hours as a medical assistant at Planned Parenthood in Oakland, led her to realize that while clinical health care was essential, the preventative aspect of public health was a more appealing route. “Epidemiology is the study of epidemics and it looks at disease patterns,” said Mayeda. “So I will be pulling at everything that I have been learning with my biology major into doing research on infectious diseases. The reason why I like public health is because you 28
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are trying to learn things to try and prevent people from getting sick in the first place – so you are looking at people who are sick in order to prevent other people from getting sick.” Although not on the same scale, Mayeda learned first hand the benefits of health care and hard work during her early years at Cal. After suffering an injury her senior year at Aptos High School, she walked onto Tony Sandoval’s cross country team with chronic tendinitis in her knees, which limited her time competing and increased her time in rehabilitation. “I had a physical therapist who I was working with and Tony, who was really supportive, even though I was a walk-on redshirt,” said Mayeda, who did not run for the Bears as a freshman due to her injury. “I think in most programs I wouldn’t have been given a chance because I didn’t have the high credentials when I came in from high school. And on top of that, I was injured. I believed that if Tony was not going to cut me and believed that I was going to come back (from injury) then that was enough for me to focus and be a part of a winning program at Cal.” By Mayeda’s second year in Berkeley,
she finally got the chance to compete at the level she always imagined. By her junior season, she was regularly scoring at meets and earned the team’s most improved award. Furthermore, Mayeda earned Pac10 All-Academic honors three times and received the Alumni Association Leadership Scholarship, which recognizes a student-athlete’s leadership role and commu-
The adversity Mayeda faced during her rehabilitation taught her to fully appreciate her athletic ability and the opportunity she had to compete at Cal. She has used that experience to help mentor younger studentathletes who are going through similar situations, many of whom are enduring their first setbacks just as they are trying to prove themselves at the collegiate level. “I know how hard and lonely it was to be in that position,” said Mayeda. Mayeda has gone so far as to pass along advice to the first-year Bears on subjects ranging from how to manage and balance academics and athletics successfully to the
reer plans. “What I like about research is that you can learn new things, and in public health, you are learning new things to make people healthier.” As her coach, Sandoval has gotten to know Mayeda well during her tenure with the cross country and track & field teams, and he believes she has a successful career ahead of her. “I know she’s going to give back one hundred fold from what she got here at Cal,” Sandoval said. “Early on when she was in rehab, I asked her about the name Elizabeth. She didn’t want to be called ‘Betty,’ and ‘Liz’ didn’t seem right. And I asked her what her middle name was and she said ‘Rose’ and I said, ‘Oh, my God, you’re just like a rose.’ So I just started saying ‘ER’ for Elizabeth Rose.” It’s only fitting that “ER” will continue to blossom as a person and chase her dreams in the medical profession.
Elizabeth Mayeda, who had Cal’s best time in the 3000 meters in 2007, competes at Edwards Stadium during her senior year this past spring (left). Below, she is all smiles at the integrative biology graduation ceremony. At left, Mayeda poses with her parents, Robert ’75 and Dorothy, and grandparents, Paul ’39 and Elizabeth. She also shows off her diploma with Professor George Brooks.
nity service. Most recently, she was awarded an Oscar Geballe scholarship, which will help cover her costs of graduate school at Columbia. “I’ve really learned about determination and working through difficult situations,” Mayeda said. “It took a lot of patience, and it also it taught me how to manage my training and, in a sense, help me manage everything else. You have to do all the extras to come back from an injury. When you are told you can run again, you have to hold back and not run too hard so you don’t get injured again. I think it took a lot of focus in order to do that. It’s that focus I can apply to other things (in life). “It’s really rewarding and has ended up working out for me,” Mayeda added. “It shows that even though it was really hard being on the sidelines for so long and being alone and away from my teammates in the training room, it was the persistence that paid off for me.”
importance of attaining internships that can enrich classroom experiences and spark further interest in their chosen field. For her own line of work, Mayeda supplemented her classroom assignments by becoming a research assistant in an exercise physiology lab on campus. Under the guidance of Professor George Brooks, she helped examine the effects of exercise on post-menopausal women. “The type of research I will be doing is laboratory based,” Mayeda said of her casummer 2007
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Focused Attention Rower Andre Bastos Looks at Ways of Understanding Our Minds
our years ago, when Andre Bastos entered the University of California as a freshman, he had no idea he would become a student-athlete. Now that he is graduating with a degree in cognitive science, he couldn’t imagine it any other way.
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Along the way, Bastos discovered a link between rowing for the Golden Bears and his chosen academic field that has expanded his intellectual horizons. The recipient of a prestigious Oscar Geballe Postgraduate Scholarship, Bastos has completed his honors thesis on how the brain can sustain focused attention in activities such as rowing, meditation, dance and music. Eventually, he plans to obtain a Ph.D. in neuroscience and pursue a career as a professor and researcher. Like many Cal students, Bastos arrived on campus with strong academic credentials and a family that emphasized scholarly pursuits. His mother, Eugenia, earned a Ph.D. at the University of North Carolina, and his father, Sergio, has had a longtime interest in computer science and psychology. Those two fields comprise much of the cognitive science discipline, which also incorporates linguistics, philosophy and physiology. In essence, it examines trying to understand the mind. With his curiosity already piqued, Bastos knew he would take a good, strong look at cognitive science as a major when he enrolled at Cal from Walnut Creek’s Northgate High School in the fall of 2003. But what he didn’t anticipate was earning a spot on the Cal rowing team. Through a recommendation of a friend of his mother – a former rower she knew while in school at North Carolina – Bastos decided to check out Cal crew once he moved to campus. He called freshman coach Geoff Bond, who put his name on the roster right away. “I basically walked on, no strings attached,” Bastos recalled. “The first three months were really difficult. My body wasn’t used to it. I came in at 168 pounds and now I’m at 185. I’ve put on a lot of endurance muscle. I developed my body a lot that first year.” Because the long hours and physical demands of crew began to affect his grades, Bastos considered dropping the sport. However, a conversation with former Cal rower Andreja Stevanovic ’00 convinced him to stick with it. “I saw that Andreja majored in mechanical engineering and did very well academically,” Bastos said. “So, I had an example that it’s possible to do both. Obviously, my mind was more on academics when I came in. Athletics was more of a hobby. It’s much
more than that now. It’s become an integral part of my life.” With a renewed commitment to the sport, Bastos capped off his freshman year with an IRA national title in the open four. He also achieved a 4.0 GPA during the spring semester. “I silenced any doubts in myself and my parents that I was capable of being a successful student-athlete and made the natural decision to keep rowing,” he said. Bastos’ athletic career, though, took a step back midway through his junior year. During the winter of 2006, a disk bulged in his lower back during training camp, and Bastos began to question whether he would ever return to the sport. Bastos took on the injury as just another challenge and less than five months later, he was back on the water. Then, just two days before the Pacific Coast Rowing Championships, head coach Steve Gladstone asked Bastos if he wanted to row in the Open 8. “Heck yes!” was the immediate and enthusiastic response. With a boat comprised of freshmen and varsity rowers, the Cal crew proceeded to cover the course in 6:01.8 – 20 seconds ahead of its nearest challenger. On the academic front, Bastos continued to excel and cited one class in particular that convinced him to major in cognitive science. The course, titled “Mind, Brain and Behavior,” is taught by Dr. David Presti, a lecturer in Molecular and Cell Biology who was awarded the 2006 Golden Apple Award for Outstanding Teaching. The combination of the teacher and the topic motivated Bastos to pursue a career the field. By the end of his junior year at Cal, Bastos had completed all of his coursework in cognitive science, with a concentration in computational modeling. He was able to then spend his senior year concentrating on his chosen path – neuroscience – finish his thesis and work in a neuropsychology lab on campus. With two of his favorite interests being rowing and meditation, Bastos decided to bring them together for his thesis topic. He collected brain recordings from 12 people, including several rowers, and after analyzing the data, will present the results this summer at the Mind and Life Summer Research Institute. If his preliminary results are confirmed, he plans to publish them in a scientific journal. In the experiment, Bastos looked to see if there were any differences among rowers and non-rowers in the way their brains
operate when they are in a focused, attentive state and when they are in a wandering or uncoordinated mode. “Our minds have a mind of their own,” Bastos said. “They take over at a particular time and go without any real attention from us. That’s what I’m interested in. “It relates to rowing because when you’re out on the water, you start looking at the blade and start focusing on different physical sensations, everything from your balance to your body position to where your hands are,” he added. “Once you start bringing your attention to that, all these other things –- ‘What am I going to eat today?’ ‘I got a bad grade on a test.’ – move to the background, and what comes to the foreground is this particular moment.” For his graduate school work, Bastos envisions studying how directed attention can be Among Andre Bastos’ fostered in people who many accomplishments have difficulty focusat Cal are an IRA title ing, such as those with in the open four as a Attention Deficit Disorfreshman (above and der. Ultimately, his camiddle) and a Golden reer goal is to become a neuroscience professor Bear Award for having and explore the interthe highest GPA on section of attention and men’s crew as a senior. neuroplasticity, or how intentionally focusing attention can cause the brain to reorganize itself to compensate for “Rowing allows me to drop other stuff injury, disease or environmental changes in and just focus on one thing and then go ways that promote health and well-being. Whether in rowing or the classroom, with that for a while,” Bastos said. “Havsingle-mindedness and dedication to de- ing focused attention enables me, so that tails has helped guide much of Bastos’ life. when I come back to the present, I can have And if he hadn’t persevered through four a freshened perspective.” That outlook will no doubt enhance his years of Cal crew, perhaps, he wouldn’t have developed as keen an interest in his development in his scientific field. career path. summer 2007
Senior Liz Reifsnyder
Liz Reifsnyder Trades Lacrosse for Global Interests By Dean Caparaz ’90
iz Reifsnyder’s wanderlust will put her future on hold.
“It’s funny: Being from D.C., everyone’s The midfielder for the Califora lawyer there, and my mom’s a lawyer,” nia lacrosse team initially chose Reifsnyder said. “Everyone just assumed to go to school 3,000 miles away that I’d go to college and go to law school. from her Washington, D.C., I don’t know if that’s ingrained in me, but home, and now that she’s graduit is something that I’d be interested in. I’m ated from college, she will trade also very interested in business. I think an in her studies for more travels, at MBA is a possibility.” least for a little while. But Reifsnyder wants to see more of Reifsnyder wrapped up her the world before pursuing her postgraduplaying career in May, when Cal ate plans. Next fall, she plans to backpack reached the third-place game of the around Europe with Meghan Bushnell and MPSF championship tournament. Laura Cavallo, her teammates and fellow Off the field, Reifsnyder colrecent grads. As freshmen, Bushnell and lected the Golden Bear AchieveReifsnyder discovered that they are both ment Award for recording the descendants of the McLeod clan in Scothighest grade-point average land. Among their many stops throughout (3.623) on the 2007 lacrosse their travels, the Bears plan to visit the Isle team. She also earned All-MPSF of Skye to dig into their roots. and MPSF All-Academic honors “I’m just going to wander around until I twice each during her career and run out of money,” Reifsnyder said. “After was named to the 2006 Honor that, my plans are up in the air. There’s a Roll by the women’s lacrosse good chance I may move back here (to the coaches’ association. Bay Area).” An American studies major Reifsnyder departs Cal high atop the who graduated on May 17, Reif Bears’ record charts in several categories. (pronounced: REEF), as she’s Following the just-completed spring seaknown, had a variety of academic son, she ranks No. 2 on the Bears’ all-time interests, including law, business Liz Reifsnyder plans to tour Europe next fall with former Golden scoring list with 177 points, behind Cavaland globalism, at Cal. She didn’t Bear teammates Meghan Bushnell and Laura Cavallo. lo’s 202, and No. 2 on the career-assist list decide on a major until her junior year because, as she put it, “I literally liked everything that I took. I with 63 assists, behind Colleen O’Mara’s 83. “Some days, I’ll be walking around when it’s really nice here, was freaking out about picking my major in my sophomore year.” Reifsnyder almost chose to major in political economies of in- when it’s probably snowing at home, and I’ll soak it all in,” Reifdustrial societies, which examines the relationship between poli- snyder said. “I love the view of the Bay. That’s probably what I’ll miss the most, just looking down and seeing the water and seeing tics and economics in modern societies. She doesn’t know for sure what kind of career she’ll pursue, The City. That’s awesome. I’ll miss being a part of a team. I’ll though she may follow in her mother’s footsteps; Sarah Hall is a miss it all.” zoning and land-use lawyer in northern Virginia.
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Senior Daniel Sebescen
Daniel Sebescen Understands the Value of Sacrifice By Tim Miguel
match each time he goes on the court and that he carries that same attitude with him in the classroom. Wright feels as though Sebescen has passed one of the toughest challenges for a student-athlete by effectively coordinating his class and team On course to graduate next priorities. December with a degree in Polit“He has demonstrated the ability ical Economies of Industrial Soto manage the time and organizationcieties (PEIS), Sebescen doesn’t al demands required with being a stuhave his future mapped out yet, dent-athlete at Cal,” Wright said. “He although he knows he wants to knows the value of sacrifice in order pursue a career in business. to succeed. He’s put in a lot of hard “I liked PEIS because it’s work in his academics and athletics. a very contemporary major,” He is an extremely focused player on Sebescen said. “I like the topthe court, his energy level is amazing. ics and the professors. Usually Sebescen began his senior season people who study this major by teaming with Pierre Mouillon to speak some other language than capture the ITA Northwest Regional English. There are some famous doubles title last fall. The pair racked international professors in this up five wins to take the crown, inmajor. I really enjoy studying cluding an 8-3 victory over Stanford’s economics and politics.” Blake Muller and Paul Morrissey in Although he had lived in the the championship match. United States before, Sebescen “We had a great run in that tournacame to Berkeley with English as ment,” said Sebescen, who missed his fourth language, after German, the first half of the spring 2007 camHungarian and Croatian. For the paign with a back injury. “We were Yugoslavia native, he approached playing pretty good tennis. It was a it as just another challenge to great feeling to win that tournament overcome. with him. We were working hard and “It was pretty difficult,” Sebwe were prepared to play well in that escen said. “It’s not easy to be tournament.” a student-athlete. It’s pretty hard The struggles and hardships over to practice and go to class, but I Playing predominately on the fourth court in singles, Daniel Sebescen the past three and a half years were think I have good time manage- helped Cal to the second round of the 2007 NCAA Tournament. worth it to Sebescen, who said he will ment skills. I was able to manmiss competing with the Bears. age my time wisely and I’m very studious. I’ve had some really “I’ve had a great time at Cal,” Sebescen. “It’s been a great exgood academic results so far.” perience to be on the tennis team. We’ve had a lot of good seasons Sebescen has been described as a very focused student-athlete by and we had some wins against really good teams. I really enjoyed head coach Peter Wright, who said he knows Sebescen is into every being on the team.”
he tactics that have brought Daniel Sebescen success on the tennis courts have also helped him prosper in his academics. Sebescen, a senior and key player for the Golden Bears’ men’s tennis team since joining the squad in the spring of 2004, recently was awarded a Pac-10 postgraduate scholarship.
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