Award-Winning Bears Offer Inspiring Messages
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  06/06/2013

June 6, 2013

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The end of the spring semester means that many Golden Bears will be moving on from Cal to begin their post-collegiate careers following graduation. recently caught up Tom Hansen Conference Medal winners Layshia Clarendon and Tom Shields, as well as Oscar Geballe Postgraduate Scholarship recipients Sara Isakovic and Lindsey Ziegenhirt, to get their perspectives on their years in Berkeley, what inspired them to reach such heights and their future plans.

Clarendon, who earned her degree in American studies, led the women's basketball team to its first-ever Final Four this past season. She was also named the Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year for women's basketball. A religious studies major, Shields captured 11 NCAA titles during his swimming career, including championships in the 100- and 200-yard butterfly this past spring.

Isakovic, a psychology major, helped Cal's women's swimming & diving program to three NCAA team crowns in her four years on the team. She intends to pursue graduate work in clinical psychology with a focus on neuropsychology to better understand how the brain allows some people to push to extreme limits in stressful situations. As a catcher on the softball team, Ziegenhirt was a part of two Women's College World Series squads and plans to use her psychology degree to become a teacher. In 2013, she was voted the Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year for softball and an Academic All-American.