"We're so excited," said Nichols, an alternate at the 2008 Olympic Games and USRowing's 2011 Female Athlete of the Year. "It is a dream for both or us. We're looking forward to getting back to California and getting back to training and ramping up for the next race of the season."
Also, former Golden Bear rower Erin Cafaro teamed with Elle Logan to take silver in the women's pair for the United States in the Samsung World Rowing Cup.
A little after 6 a.m. (PT) across the country in New Jersey, women's rowing raced over in Mercer Lake as the Bears finished in third in the NCAA Championships with 78 points. Virginia took home the national title with 87 points, while Michigan edged Cal for second place with 82 points.
Just before 9 a.m. (PT), in Athens, Ga., freshman women's tennis standout Zsofi Susanyi looked to continue her historic run in the NCAA Singles Championship. Susanyi became the first freshman to advance to the semifinals in school history on Saturday. Unfortunately, the 13th-seeded Golden Bear dropped a 6-2, 6-2 decision to fifth-seeded Mallory Burdette of Stanford in the semifinals this morning. It was a great run for the freshman, who will no doubt have a promising future in Berkeley.
It isn't even noon yet today on the west coast and Cal fans have had their fill of excitement for the day. There is PLENTY more to come this afternoon and evening.
Next up is baseball. David Esquer's squad looks for the sweep of the Cardinal over at Sunken Diamond in Palo Alto at 1 p.m. (PT). The Bears took the series opener on Friday with a thrilling 5-4 victory in 18 innings, and captured the series with a 15-5 win yesterday.
KNEW 960 AM will broadcast the game live with Cal alum Roxy Bernstein on the call.
All eyes turn to Diane Ninemire's softball squad at 4 p.m. (PT) as the Golden Bears look to punch their ticket to next week's Women's College World Series with a victory over Washington. Should Cal defeat the Huskies in the 4 p.m. contest, the Bears will advance to Oklahoma City. If Washington tops Cal in the first contest, the two teams will play a second game right afterwards to decide the Berkeley Super Regional title. Cal posted a 5-0 victory over Washington in yesterday's contest.
If you weren't one of the luck folks to get a ticket to a sold-out Levine-Fricke Field today, you can catch all the action on ESPN2.
At 4 p.m. (PT) in Chester, Pa., the United States Senior Women's Soccer National Team and former Cal star Alex Morgan will take on China at PPL Park. Morgan was officially named to head coach Pia Sundhage's 18-player Olympic roster this morning. The last time the U.S. and China met, the U.S. posted a 2-0 victory to win the 2011 Four Nations Tournament in Chongqing, China. Sunday's match at PPL Park marks the second meeting between the U.S. and China at the soccer specific venue. The two sides played to a 1-1 draw on Oct. 6, 2010, with Morgan scoring her first international goal in the 83rd minute to tie up the score. You can follow the live stream by visiting ussoccer.com.
Be sure to check back here for updates throughout the day and evening... GO BEARS!