April 29, 2008
BREA, CALIF. - Proving they are equally as talented in the classroom as in the pool, three members of Cal's 2007 NCAA championship squad - sophomores Mike Sample and Scott Cruikshank, and redshirt freshman Brian Dudley - were selected 2007 Academic All-Americans by the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches.
Sample (3.66 interdisciplinary studies), Cruikshank (3.33 interdisciplinary studies) and Dudley (3.38 psychology) were all named to the All-American Superior and Excellent Classes with GPAs between 3.69 and 3.20. Earlier, the three players were selected to the 2007 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation All-Academic team.
Sample competed in 30 matches for the Golden Bears last season, notching four goals, 16 assists, five steals, six ejections earned and nine field blocks. Cruikshank played in 31 matches with 10 goals, eight assists, 13 steals, three ejections earned and four field blocks. Dudley, a native of Johannesburg, South Africa, ended the 2007 campaign with 19 goals in 30 matches with seven assists, 23 steals, 17 ejections earned and four field blocks. Dudley also tallied a goal in Cal's national title match victory over USC.
Under the direction of head coach Kirk Everist, the Bears finished the 2007 campaign 28-4, winning the NCAA championship for the second year in a row with an 8-6 victory over the Trojans on Dec. 2 at Stanford's Avery Aquatic Center. Cal, which had defeated USC, 7-6, in the 2006 national title match, captured its NCAA-record 13th national crown this season.