Men's Swimming Places 12 on Pac-10 All Academic Teams

March 27, 2007

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Twelve of California's men's swimmers and divers were selected to the Pac-10 All-Academic team, announced today by Commissioner Tom Hanson. Six athletes were selected to the first team, while six garnered second team honors.

Selected to the first team were juniors Eric Dunipace, Jernej Godec, Richard Hunter, Justin Pollard, Louis Vayo and sophomore Matt Scanlan.

Dunipace, an immunology major, swam the second leg on the school's best time in the 400 medley relay team. They set this season against Cal State Bakersfield with their 3:06.87. Hunter (history major) also was a member of the record setting 400 medley team, swimming the final leg.

Godec, also a immunology major, set the school's seventh best time in the 50 free, with his clocking of 19.52 in the prelims at the Husky Invitational in December.

At the NCAA Championships, economics major Louis Vayo set his season best time in the 200 IM of 1:45.82 in the prelims of the event.

Pollard, also an economics major, posted this season's second best time of 1:46.85 in the 200 fly. Also competing in butterflies events was Scanlan who notched the team's third best time in the 200 fly of 1:47.23. Scanlan is an undeclared major.

Earning second team honors were junior William Copeland, sophomore Sam Helvie, junior Michael Jafari, senior Graham Lentz, sophomore Ian Lentz and junior Mark Wes.

Copeland, an sociology major, was a member of both the 200 free relay team (1:17.21) and 400 free relay team (2:51.28) that were clocked at team season-best times.

Graham Lentz, a senior majoring in American studies, posted the best time in the 200 breast (2:03.00) and second-best time in the 100 breast (55.38) this season for the Bears. His brother Ian, who is undeclared, competed in several events for the Golden Bears, posting his season-best time of 1:49.02 in the 200 IM at the Pac-10 Championships.

Jafari, a distance swimmer, notched the second-best time on the team of 15:33.77 in the 1650 free. Jafari is a Middle Eastern studies major.

Helvie, an undeclared major, was Cal's only diver to compete at the NCAA Championships this season. Helvie also rewrote two records this season. His 358.25 on the one-meter springboard and 381.15 on the three-meter springboard he scored at the Dallas Morning News Invitation replaced previous school records. Wes also a diver and undeclared, scored his highest mark of the season on the one-meter springboard against Stanford scoring a 261.00.

To be eligible for selection to the Pac-10 All-Academic team, a student-athlete must have a minimum 3.0 overall grade point average and be either a starter or significant contributor for his team.

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