Golden Bear duo earn all-conference recognition for second-straight year.

Kohler, Hipango Garner All-Pac-12 Honors

Golden Bear duo earn all-conference recognition for second-straight year
By Cal Athletics on Thu, May 29, 2014

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WALNUT CREEK, Calif. – Seniors Kara Kohler and Paparangi Hipango were each selected to the All-Pac-12 Conference women’s rowing squad, the league announced on Thursday.

Kohler is a three-time all-conference selection, also garnering league accolades in 2011 and 2013. She was the Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year in 2010. She has served in the varsity eight each of her four seasons competing at Cal. The senior competed as the four-seat on the Bears’ varsity eight during the Pac-12 Championships earlier this month. A CRCA All-American, Kohler helped guide the 2013 varsity eight to a NCAA Championship. She will conclude her decorated collegiate career at the 2014 NCAA Championships weekend in Indianapolis.      

A two-time all-league selection, Hipango was also a member of the all-conference squad in 2012. She was the Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year in 2011. Hipango has competed in the varsity eight for the Bears throughout her career, winning a NCAA title with the varsity eight last spring. Hipango served as the three-seat in Cal’s varsity eight at the Pac-12 Championships in Sacramento, Calif. earlier this month.   

Cal, ranked No. 4 nationally in the latest CRCA/USRowing Coaches Poll, will begin competition in the NCAA Championships on Friday, May 30, at Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis, Ind. The event will conclude on Sunday, June 1 with the Grand Finals.

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Newcomer of the Year

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Coach of the Year

Yasmin Farooq, Stanford


Naomi Cornman, Stanford

Anna Dawson, Stanford

Kirstyn Goodger, Washington

Krisztina Gyimes, USC

Nicole Hare, Washington State

Papa Hipango, California

Kara Kohler, California

Daphne Martschenko, Stanford

Patricia Obee, Washington

Ellen Pesek, Oregon State

Katie Toothman, Stanford

Megan Volker, UCLA

Ruth Whyman, Washington


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