Aug. 13, 2008
WALNUT CREEK, CALIF. - Jernej Godec, who recently completed his eligibility as a member of the California men's swimming program and is competing for his native Slovenia at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and Yuki Lamb, a former women's gymnast at Oregon State, have been selected as winners of the 2007-08 Oroweat "Healthy Minds" Postgraduate Scholarship, Pacific-10 Commissioner Tom Hansen announced.
Godec and Lamb, chosen from a pool of Pac-10 postgraduate scholarship winners, which included 20 male recipients and 20 female recipients, are recognized by the Pac-10 and its corporate partner Oroweat, for their overall excellence in athletics, academics, service and commitment to graduate education. Each will receive a $10,000 scholarship for graduate school. Godec is an immunology and molecular and cell biology major and a two-time Pac-10 All-Academic selection.
"Oroweat is proud to present the "Healthy Minds" scholarship program," said Dan Larson, Oroweat's Director of Marketing. "We congratulate and recognize the special achievements of Jernej and Yuki, and extend the best to all the Pac-10 postgraduate scholarship recipients in their continuing education. The Pac-10 Conference and Oroweat is an exciting partnership, reinforcing our values of health, nutrition and active lifestyles."
Godec, a native of Ljubljana, Slovenia, was a member of the Bears' 2008 Pac-10 champion 200 free, 200 medley and 400 medley relays. He went on to place sixth in the 50 free and 12th in the 100 free at the NCAA meet, and was part of Cal's national runner-up 400 medley relay, as well as the third place 200 free, 400 free and 200 medley relays. The Bears, under the direction of first-year coach David Durden and head coach emeritus Nort Thornton, placed second at the 2008 Pac-10 championships and fourth at the 2008 NCAA meet.
A veteran of international competition, Godec anchored Slovenia's 400 medley relay at the 2004 Olympics and placed 12th in both the 50 free and 50 butterfly at the 2007 World Championships. He will be competing in the heats of the 50-meter freestyle at the Beijing Olympics on Thursday, Aug. 14.
Outside of the pool, Godec works as a laboratory researcher on campus, studying the immune response to salmonella infections under the supervision of Dr. Gregory Barton. In 2007, he conducted swimming clinics for children in Slovenia, and worked at a non-profit organization in Nairobi, Kenya, in 2006.