12 Bears Earn Pac-10 All-Academic Distinction
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  03/30/2011

March 30, 2011

BERKELEY - Nathan Adrian and the Golden Bears collected more awards on Wednesday, when Pac-10 Commissioner Larry Scott announced the conference all-academic teams that include 12 swimmers from the NCAA champion California men's swimming and diving team. Five Bears - including Adrian, a senior public health major with a 3.75 grade-point average, senior Guy Barnea (3.55 GPA, business administration major), senior Nick Ferrif (3.47, business administration), junior Mathias Gydesen (3.48, business administration) and senior Daniel Smith (3.49, psychology) - claimed spots on the first team.

To be eligible for selection to the conference's academic teams, a student-athlete must have a minimum 3.0 overall grade-point average and be either a starter or significant contributor.

On March 28, Adrian also garnered academic attention as one of the 2010-11 Pac-10 Winter Scholar-Athletes. Highly decorated in the pool as well, Adrian won the 50- and 100-yard freestyle championships and anchored Cal's triumphant 200- and 400-yard medley relays and 400-yard freestyle relay at NCAAs.

Cal put three Bears on the second team - senior Andrew Godbe (3.18, film/German), sophomore Ben Hinshaw (3.19, undeclared) and junior Nolan Koon (3.19, political economies of industrial societies). Four Bears - senior Damir Dugonjic, juniors Isaac Howell and Chris Rogers, and sophomore Tom Shields - collected honorable mention. Dugonjic captured the 100-yard breaststroke and Shields won the 100-yard backstroke at NCAAs. Barnea and Dugonjic swam on both medley relay champions, while Shields swam on the winning 400-medley relay and 400-free relay.

The 2011 national championship gave the Cal program three total team victories, including success in 1979 and 1980.