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2013 Annual Report
Leadership Message Financials Gift Highlights Sport Highlights Hall of Fame
Women's Basketball

In Fiscal Year 2013

Rachel Bootsma won the 100 backstroke NCAA Championship Cal has captured at least one team or individual national championship every year since 1973, giving the Golden Bears 40 consecutive years of national champions.
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A record 46 Golden Bears represented their respective countries in the 2012 London Olympic Games, matching the medal count from the 2008 Beijing Games with 17 medals. The composite Cal Olympic team of coaches and athletes brought home 11 gold medals, equaling the gold medal haul of France and Germany. Competing in her fourth Olympiad, former collegiate standout Heather Petri helped lead the United States to gold in women’s water polo. Cal’s own Alex Morgan had one of the most dramatic goals in Olympic history to push the US to gold in women’s soccer. Aleksa Saponjic competed in men’s water polo for his native Serbia, taking bronze. Coached by Cal’s Teri McKeever, five Cal athletes scored medals in women’s swimming:  Rachel Bootsma, Natalie Coughlin, Jessica Hardy, Caitlin Leverenz, and Dana Vollmer. Men’s swimmer Nathan Adrian tallied two gold and a silver of his own. California men's crew head coach Mike Teti, who served his eighth year as the head coach of the U.S. men's eight, and former Golden Bear coxswain Zach Vlahos headed to London for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games where they took fourth, three-tenths of a second from the podium. Alex Morgan kisses her Olympic Gold Medal
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Andrew Knapp In 2013, baseball, with several freshmen in their starting line-up, won five extra inning games, and had six walk-off wins. The squad was led by junior catcher Andrew Knapp who batted .350, leading the team in 16 doubles, eight home runs and 41 RBIs. Knapp was also named third-team All-American and a second-round draft pick.
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Justin Cobbs silenced the crowd in Eugene when he sunk a buzzer-beating jumper with 0.7 left on the clock to upend #23 Oregon on the road in men's basketball. Relive the moment by clicking here. The victory over the Ducks sparked the Bears to an NCAA Tournament berth in San Jose, where Cal upset No. 5 seed UNLV. Standout junior Allen Crabbe was named the 2012-13 Pac-12 Men's Basketball Player of the Year. Justin Cobbs beats Oregon
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Layshia Clarendon Graduation A historic season for Cal women's basketball ended with the Bears' first Pac-12 Championship and first appearance in the NCAA Women's Final Four. Star guard Layshia Clarendon was a finalist for the prestigious Naismith Award, and led Cal in scoring with 16.4 points per game. Just eight days following the end of her season, Clarendon was on hand at the ESPN studios in Bristol, Conn., to become the highest WNBA draft pick ever from Cal, being selected 9th overall by the Indiana Fever. Clarendon was still finishing classes during training camp and – with encouragement from her teammates and coaches – missed the Fever’s season opener to attend her graduation in Berkeley.
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The 2013 season saw a strong finish for the Cal men’s crew team, especially for All-Pac-12 selections Cole Reiser and Jovan Jovanivic, as the varsity eight placed fifth and the team placed fourth at the IRA National Championships in June. Earlier in the season, the varsity four Golden Bears won the Pac-12 title and the team came in second at the conference championships. Varsity 4 Pac-12 Champions
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Women's Crew wins Varsity 8 race at NCAA Championships The Cal women’s crew Golden Bears celebrated a successful win at the NCAA championships, placing first in the women's eight race and second overall. The program also earned its sixth consecutive Pac-12 team crown. Individually, Kara Kohler and Agatha Nowinski were named to the all-league team, while Lynn Anderson and Maggie Simpson were honored as the coaches’ association National Scholar-Athletes.
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The men’s cross country team placed ninth at the Pac-12 Championships, where sophomore Chris Walden placed 23rd overall. The team also came in 13th at the NCAA West Regionals competition. The women's cross country squad won the USF Invitational and the Hornet Jamboree, placing 4th at the Panoram Farms Invitational in Virginia, 10th at the Wisconsin Invitational, and eighth in the Pac-12 Championships. Sophomore Kelsey Santisteban represented Cal at the NCAA Championships in Kentucky and earned All-Pac-12 second team honors after finishing ninth overall in the conference meet.  Kelsey Santisteban
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Laura Kruggel was named the 2012 Offensive Player of the Year Head coach Shellie Onstead, who celebrated her 18th year at the helm of the field hockey program, led her team to a third place finish at the NorPac tournament where sophomore midfielder Lara Kruggel was named the 2012 Offensive Player of the Year. Kruggel scored 15 goals and earned another six assists during the season to become the top point-earner in the NorPac for the 2012 season.
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After returning home to a beautifully renovated California Memorial Stadium, the Golden Bears football team highlighted their season with a tremendous win over UCLA, upsetting a competitor that went on to win the Pac-12 South Division. On the academic front, the team had much to celebrate when they were honored with the Newmark Award for most improved cumulative team GPA among all the Cal 29 sports at the conclusion of the 2012-13 academic year. The Bears knock of ranked UCLA
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 Joel Stalter, Max Homa and Brandon Hagy The California men’s golf team had a historic 2013 season, spending its entirety notably ranked as the No.1 team in the nation. Led by head coach Steve Desimone, who was named both the National Head Coach of the Year and the Pac-12 Coach of the Year, the program celebrated the honoring of Michael Kim as the National Player of the Year. The team’s plentiful individual distinctions also included Kim, Michael Weaver and Max Homa earning first-team All-American honors. Homa additionally made history when he became Cal's first-ever individual medalist at the NCAA Championships.
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Women’s golf, for the 14th year in a row, earned a bid to the NCAA Regionals, where they placed 18th. The young team was lead by junior Nicola Rössler and freshman Hannah Suh. The program also, for the second year in a row, won the prestigious Newmark Award for leading Cal’s athletic teams as the team with the highest cumulative grade-point average. Nicola Rössler
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Takahiro Kawada on pommel horse A determined Cal men's gymnastics team finished its season on a high note, defeating defending national champion Illinois on Senior Night and Alumni Night in Berkeley. Though the Bears missed a spot in the national team finals by one-tenth of a point, freshman Takahiro Kawada (pommel horse) and sophomore Jonathan Liu (parallel bars) advanced to appear in the individual event finals. The men’s gymnastics program also announced Olympic medalist and longtime U.S. National Team member Brett McClure as its new head coach.
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For the first time since 2007, the Cal women’s gymnastics team reached the NCAA Regionals under first-year head coach, Justin Howell. Serena Leong was named Pac-12 Freshman/Newcomer of the Year, and Howell received NACGC West Regional Coach of the Year and Pac-12 Coach of the Year honors. Justin Howell led a successful 2013 season
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Megan Takacs named MPSF Player of the Year Following a season where she set a school record for goals in a season (53), Megan Takacs became the first Cal lacrosse player to be named Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Player of the Year. Takacs was joined by fellow seniors Emily Abbood and Tori Harrison on the All-MPSF first team.
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Cal rugby celebrated head coach Jack Clark’s 30th year of distinguished leadership and honored him with another successful season, adding to California rugby’s long and triumphant history. The team also won inaugural title of the PAC Rugby Conference and went undefeated in its seventh straight “World Cup” series win. With rugby 7s becoming an Olympic sport starting in 2016, the USA 7s Rugby Collegiate Championship Invitational, which the Bears won in June, offered a preview of the talent pool available for the U.S. Olympic rugby team. Cal rugby wins CRC 7s
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Tony Salciccia earned an All-Pac-12 first-team Cal's winning season was capped off with Tony Salciccia earning a men's soccer All-Pac-12 first-team selection. Salciccia set career highs in points (16), goals (5- tied for first), and ranked second in assists (6) while also earning a spot in the Pac-12 All-Academic second team. Sophomore midfielder Omid Jalali earned a Pac-12 All-Academic first-team place with a GPA of 3.90.
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After a successful season that included advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, the Cal women’s soccer team applauded the accomplishments of one of its youngest members, Ifeoma Onumonu, who—after leading the Pac-12 in goals, points and game-winning goals—was named the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year and honored as part of the All-Pac-12 first team. All-Conference first-team honors went to senior midfielder Betsy Hassett, who also secured a spot on the NSCAA Scholar All-America first team. Betsy Hassett was named All-Pac-12 first team
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Valerie Arioto donned the Red, White & Blue for Team USA Cal softball continued the longest active postseason streak in the country, making its 28th consecutive postseason bid in the 2013 NCAA Tournament. Former Bear Valerie Arioto and 2013 Golden Bear grad Lindsey Ziegenhirt accepted invitations to the 2013 USA Softball Women’s National Team Selection Camp, and competed for Team USA in the 2013 World Cup of Softball.
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The Cal men's swimming and diving team placed second at the NCAA Championships, where senior Tom Shields won both the 100 and 200 meter butterfly. The Bears also captured the 2013 Pac-12 meet, ending Stanford's streak of 31 consecutive conference team titles. Freshman Josh Prenot won the Pac-12 conference title, and was named the 2013 Pac-12 Newcomer of the Year. Head coach David Durden was also honored as the 2013 Pac-12 Coach of the Year. National Champion Tom Shields
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Caitlin Leverenz and Elizabeth Pelton finished 1-2 in the IM The Cal women’s swimming and diving Golden Bears took second place at the NCAA Championships, and had three individual titles at the meet: Caitlin Leverenz for the 200 yard medley; Rachel Bootsma for the 100 backstroke; and Elizabeth Pelton—who broke her own American record—for the 200 backstroke. The Bears also had a successful outing, with seven individual victories, at the Pac-12 Championships and ended their regular season beating Stanford at the Big Meet.
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For the 14th consecutive year, Cal men’s tennis earned a bid to the NCAA Tournament, advancing to the round of 16 before falling to the tournament’s No. 2 seed Virginia. Junior Campbell Johnson, a transfer from Georgia, was named the Pac-12 Newcomer of the Year, and he and senior Christoffer Konigsfeldt won the Pac-12 Doubles Team of the Year award. Campbell Johnson & Christoffer Konigsfeldt won the Pac-12 Doubles Team of the Year award
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 Zsofi Susanyi earned a preseason #4 ranking The Cal women’s tennis team, who ended its successful season with a 19-6 record, hosted the first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament where the Bears advanced to the quarterfinals. Standouts Zsofi Susanyi and Anett Schutting earned All-America honors for singles and were also named to the All-Pac-12 first team. Additionally, head coach Amanda Augustus was named the Wilson/ITA Northwest Coach of the Year.
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The Cal's men's track & field team defeated Stanford to capture the 119th edition of the Big Meet. It was the Bears’ first victory in the track & field Big Meet series since 2006. Pac-12 titles for the season went to long jumper Hammed Suleman and 110-meter hurdler Ray Stewart, as well as Amanda Hunter (women's triple jump) and Malaina Payton (women's long jump). The men's 4x100-meter relay also qualified for the NCAA championship meet and Charnell Price, in both her 100 and 200 meter race times for the season, moved into Cal’s top-five list of best times for women. Hammed Suleman won the Pac-12 long jump championship
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Kat Brown finished the regular season tied for No. 1 all-time in career blocks Before earning its 11th straight trip to the NCAA Tournament—a program-record—the Cal volleyball team put forth a few season-high stunning upsets, specifically defeating No. 2 Oregon and No. 8 Hawaii, both on the road. Senior Shannon Hawari earned All-Pac-12 first-team honors and was ranked fourth in the conference for hitting and ninth for blocks. Senior middle hitter Kat Brown finished the regular season tied for No. 1 all-time in career blocks at Cal with 504.
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The Cal men's water polo team won seven of its last eight matches including upending No. 2-ranked UCLA in the MPSF tournament semifinal. Six Cal players were named All-Americans, including first-team selection Collin Smith, who scored 61 goals, had a team-high 31 assists, and scored six goals in the 14-8 Big Splash victory over Stanford. Sophomore Aleksa Saponjic, who won a bronze medal with the 2012 Serbian Olympic Team, was a second-team All-American and senior Marin Balarin earned a third-team spot. Ten players were also ACWPC All-Academic honorees. Aleksa Saponjic won a bronze medal with the 2012 Serbian Olympic Team 
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Emily Csikos ended her career as the all-time scoring leader in Cal history Women's water polo ended the year ranked No. 5 in the nation with a 17-7 record. All-American and Canadian National Player Emily Csikos led the squad with 49 goals, and ended her career with 216 goals, making her the all-time leading scorer in Cal history. Cal defeated 11 ranked teams during the season, while Ashley Young finished the season with 36 goals, and Pippa Saunders finished with 13 goals as one of the top freshmen in the MPSF.
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Inaugurated with a Cal field hockey match against No. 1 Maryland, Cal Athletics joined its 11 fellow conference members in a new era of visibility with the launch of the Pac-12 Networks on August 15, 2012. Thanks to the inception of Pac-12 Networks, Golden Bear sports will have access to a televised national platform. At launch, the collective national and regional affiliates reached nearly 50 million homes. Pac-12 Network interviews Robert Thurman

 


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