Bears Garner Awards at Annual Banquet, Honors Luncheon

May 19, 2008

BERKELEY - California honored four Golden Bears when it handed out its team awards on May 10 at the annual Cal women's crew banquet at the T. Gary Rogers Rowing Center and two Bears earned academic recognition at Cal's Academic Honors Luncheon on May 14 at the Pauley Ballroom. The honorees included four members of the Cal varsity eight (seniors Mara Allen and Candice Rediger, junior Lou Kinder and freshman Mary Jeghers) that more recently won the Pac-10 championship and a member of the Pac-10 winning second varsity eight (senior Summer Ohlendorf).

At the team banquet, Allen and Rediger earned the Bettina Bents Award for Loyalty, Proficiency and Spirit, Ohlendorf took home the title of Most Improved and Jeghers received the Liz Miles Award as the Most Promising Freshman/Novice. At the Academic Honors Luncheon, Ohlendorf, a geophysics major, was awarded the Oscar Geballe Post-Graduate Scholarship and Kinder, an English major, was honored for compiling the team's highest GPA (3.661).

Cal head coach Dave O'Neill commented on each of his student-athletes:

On Lou Kinder/Top GPA
'We talk on our team about being great at two things: Be a great student and a great athlete, and Lou certainly personifies that model. She shows that you can be successful as both a student and athlete.'

On Summer Ohlendorf/Oscar Geballe Post-Graduate Scholarship
'Summer is someone that is always doing her best and looking to do things the right way. This award and scholarship are very much deserved, and Summer will certainly make the most of her graduate work.'

On Summer Ohlendorf/Most Improved
'Summer earned this award not only for her work this past year but, also, for the improvement she showed over the course of her four years on the team. Summer walked onto the team and has had to work very hard for what she has achieved. Everyone on the team is proud and happy for her on this one.'

On Mary Jeghers/Liz Miles Award
'Mary is a special kid and has been a key member of this year's team. She's already achieved some great things thus far, and she's showing that there's plenty more ahead.'

On Candice Rediger and Mara Allen/Bettina Bents Award for Loyalty, Proficiency and Spirit
'Candice and Mara have been vital to the team's success this year and the past three. They're really hard workers and are always looking to improve. They show that teammates can have different personalities and work together for something special. As the stern pair of the varsity eight, they bring so much experience to that crew, and off-the-water everyone knows they can be counted on for anything. It has been a pleasure to work with the two of them.'

Cal, which won the overall Pac-10 championship on May 18 at Lake Natoma in Gold River, Calif., now awaits tomorrow's 1 p.m. PT announcement of the 12 teams and four at-large boats that will compete in the May 30-June 1 NCAA Women's Rowing Championships. The Bears are the host of the Divisions I, II and III national regattas, which will take place together at Lake Natoma.

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