Bears Claim All-Pac-10, All-Academic Honors

June 1, 2009

BERKELEY - California men's crew, in the midst of preparations for the annual IRA Regatta, placed four members of its varsity 8+ on the Pac-10 All-Conference teams and 14 members of its program on the Pac-10 All-Academic teams. Junior Nareg Guregian, sophomore Nick Lucey, senior Jan Tize and junior Nikola Zunic from Cal's varsity 8+ earned spots on the Pac-10 all-conference team. Zunic was also among 14 Bears who were awarded all-academic first team, second team or honorable mention status.

This is the second all-conference honor for Tize, who along with Guregian, Lucey and Zunic won the Pac-10 varsity 8+ title on May 17 at Lake Natoma in Gold River, Calif., the site of this week's IRA Regatta. That boat's victory in the last race of the day propelled Cal to the overall team crown at the Pac-10 Rowing Championship.

Cal put three Bears on the Pac-10 All-Academic first team - senior Janis Fontein (varsity 8+) and juniors Matt McLaren (V4+) and Jack Zhou (V4+, coxswain) - 10 Bears on the second team - juniors Will Dean (2V8+), Sean Engel (V4+), Kirk Halterman (open 8+), Jimmy Henson (novice 8+), Jordan Sartor (V4+) and Zunic; and seniors Jarrod McClendon (open 8+), Michael Porter (2V8+, coxswain), Geoffrey Roth (2V8+) and Axel Stelter (V8+). Cal sophomore Will Kolbe (open 8+) earned honorable mention.

To be eligible for selection to an academic team, a student-athlete must have a minimum 3.0 overall grade-point average and be either a starter or substitute of significant contribution.

Cal head coach Mike Teti will bring five Cal boats - the varsity 8+, second varsity 8+, novice 8+, varsity 4+ and open 4+ - to compete in the IRA Regatta from Thursday, June 4, through Saturday, June 6, at Lake Natoma.

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