18 Bears Named to Pac-10 All-Academic Teams

March 29, 2006

BERKELEY, Calif. - The Pac-10 Conference named 18 California Golden Bears to its 2006 Pac-10 All-Academic Men's Swimming and Diving Teams, with five reaching the first team. Those five Bears are sophomore Eric Dunipace (3.84 grade-point average, molecular and cell biology major), senior Chris Gibson (3.75, film), sophomore Paul Hernandez (3.90, chemistry), senior Ryan Lean (3.62, legal studies/ISF) and sophomore Justin Pollard (3.90, undeclared).

Cal, which took sixth place at the NCAA Championships and second place at the Pac-10 Championships this year, put six athletes on the second team: senior Matt Lyon (3.11, psychology); junior Graham Lentz (3.15, American studies); and sophomores Jernej Godec (3.30, undeclared), Michael Jafari (3.24, undeclared), Dominik Meichtry (3.18, undeclared) and Louis Vayo (3.49, undeclared).

Seven Bears garnered Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention: seniors Milorad Cavic and Evan Lane; junior Alexander Holdridge; and sophomores William Copeland, Richard Hunter, Javier Rivas and Mark Wes.

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

Below is the complete list of the conference all-academic teams:

Pac-10 All-Academic Men's Swimming and Diving Teams

First Team Year GPA Major
Simon Burnett, ARIZ Sr 3.21 Business Economics
Matt Crowe, STAN Jr 3.89 Engineering
Eric Dunipace, CAL RSo 3.84 Molecular and Cell Biology
Christopher Gibson, CAL Sr 3.75 Film
Connor Hall, USC Jr 3.57 Biomedical Engineering
Paul Hernandez, CAL RSo 3.90 Chemistry
Nathan Kim, STAN So 3.52 Undeclared
Ryan Lean, CAL Sr 3.62 Legal Studies/Interdisciplinary
Michael McLean, STAN Sr 3.21 Economics
Keenan Newman, STAN Jr 3.54 Film and Media Studies/Psychology
Tamon Page, WASH So 3.56 Undeclared
Shaun Phillips, STAN Jr 3.57 Psychology
Justin Pollard, CAL So 3.90 Undeclared
Mark Stephens, STAN Sr 3.22 Engineering
Hongzhe Sun, STAN Jr 3.26 Management Science and Engineering
Ben Wildman-Tobriner, STAN Jr 3.59 Engineering

Second Team Year GPA Major
Lucas Azevedo, ASU So 3.32 Pre-Business
Bruno Barbic, WASH So 3.47 Undeclared
Greg Barone, USC So 3.46 Communications
Karl Boehringer, STAN So 3.38 Undeclared
Joey Clements, ASU Sr 3.08 Art
John Collier, ARIZ Sr 3.11 Marketing
Jernej Godec, CAL So 3.30 Undeclared
Michael Jafari, CAL So 3.24 Undeclared
Ryan Kastl, WASH Sr 3.22 Biochemistry
Graham Lentz, CAL Jr 3.15 American Studies
Matthew Lyon, CAL Sr 3.11 Psychology
Dominik Meichtry, CAL So 3.18 Undeclared
Phillip Morrison, STAN So 3.25 Undeclared
Joona Puhakka, ASU Sr 3.08 Marketing
Adam Ritter, ARIZ Jr 3.14 Economics
Louis Vayo, CAL So 3.49 Undeclared

Honorable Mention:
Daniel Beal, So., STAN; Peter Carothers, So., STAN; Milorad Cavic, Sr., CAL; William Copeland, So., CAL; Brenton Dowdy, So., WASH; Egan Gans, So., STAN; Alexander Holdridge, Jr., CAL; Richard Hunter, So., CAL; David Kolozar, Sr., ASU; Evan Lane, RSr., CAL; Bret Lundgaard, So., WASH; Brett Meconis, Sr., ASU; Javier Rivas, So., CAL; Noa Sakamoto, So., STAN; Denton Taylor, Jr., ARIZ; Bradley Thompson, So., USC; Mark Wes, So., CAL.

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