Student-Athletes Recognized At Honors Luncheon
The best and the brightest of Cal student-athletes convened at the Field Club at California Memorial Stadium on Monday for the annual Cal Athletics Academic Honors Luncheon, featuring an appearance from Chancellor Carol Christ and inspiring remarks by track and field standout Camryn Rogers.
Several Cal student-athletes were honored with an array of awards, including Rogers and football's Elijah Hicks' selection for the Tom Hansen Medal, given annually to one outstanding male and female student-athlete from each Pac-12 institution.
Rogers, a two-time NCAA champion in the hammer throw and a 2020 Summer Olympian with her native Canada, expressed her gratitude to the support system that has encouraged her during her journey and encouraged her peers to do the same.
"Finding ways to better the lives of others through our relationships is one of the most rewarding feelings," Rogers said. "Appreciating the impact that someone has had on your life can open your eyes to the impact you can have on someone else's."
Below is the complete list of award-winners from the luncheon:
Tom Hansen Conference Medal
The Thomas C. Hansen Conference Medal is presented to one outstanding senior male and one outstanding senior female student-athlete at each Pac-12 institution.
- Elijah Hicks (football)
- Camryn Rogers (women's track & field)
Neufeld Scholar-Athlete Awards
The Neufeld Scholar-Athlete Awards are given to the graduating male and female student-athletes with the highest cumulative grade-point averages. The award was established by Cal Hall of Famer William Neufeld Sr. in honor and memory of his son, William Jr., who ran track at Cal before his untimely death in a boating accident.
- Male – Ryan Prendergast (men's rowing)
- Female – Robin Neumann (women's swimming)
Jake Gimbel Prize and Anna Espenschade Award
The Jake Gimbel Prize and Anna Espenschade Award were established in the 1930s and 1987, respectively, to recognize a graduating male and female student-athlete for successful integration of academic and athletic pursuits. The winners of these awards exemplify the true "Golden Bear" spirit.
- Male – Matthew Cindric (football)
- Female – Brynn Zorilla (field hockey)
Joseph McDonnell Kavanagh Award
This award, in its seventh year, recognizes the student-athlete who has made exceptional improvement in his or her academic and intellectual pursuits at Cal. The University's motto - Fiat Lux, "Let there be light" - is appropriate for this most academically inspirational athlete award.
- Morgan Zamora (softball)
Walter A. Haas Jr. Community Service Award
The Walter A. Haas Jr. Community Service Award was created to honor Walter A. Haas Jr. for his commitment and service to the University and larger community. This award is given annually to a student-athlete for his or her outstanding contribution to community service.
- Trey Paster (football)
- Riley Drullinger (lacrosse)
- Fernando Andrade (men's soccer)
- Kaylee Nguyen (women's soccer)
Jonathan and Judy Hoff Football Scholar-Athlete of the Year
The Jonathan and Judy Hoff Football Scholar-Athlete of the Year award recognizes a football student-athlete who has dedicated himself to a holistic approach toward academic, athletic and personal development by demonstrating consistent daily routines, persistent community outreach and collaborative leadership ability.
- Marqez Bimage (football)
Athletic Study Center Scholar-Athlete of the Year
The ASC Scholar-Athlete of the Week program honors a student-athlete for academic development and achievements developed through practice, study habits, course performance and leadership. From those recipients, one student-athlete is chosen Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
- Mima Mirkovic (volleyball/beach volleyball)
Golden Bear Team Award (Highest Team GPA)
- Women's Tennis (3.607)
Big C Most Improved Team GPA Award
The Golden Bear Achievement Awards are presented to the student-athlete with the highest GPA on his or her respective team.
- Baseball: Jag Burden (Intended Business)
- Men's Basketball: Logan Alters (Business Administration)
- Women's Basketball: Alma Elsnitz (Political Economy)
- Beach Volleyball: Ainsley Radell (Business Administration)
- Men's Cross Country: Ethan Bersley (Joint Major in Chemical Engineering and Materials Science & Engineering)
- Women's Cross Country: Gianna Beasley (Psychology)
- Field Hockey: Sara Stone (Social Welfare)
- Football: Hunter Barth (Intended Business Administration)
- Men's Golf: Aaron Du (Public Health)
- Women's Golf: Cristina Ochoa (Intended Economics)
- Men's Gymnastics: Jelani Sweet (Intended Cognitive Science)
- Women's Gymnastics: Andi Li (Intended Integrative Biology)
- Lacrosse: Kate Rothman (Intended Political Science)
- Men's Rowing: Thomas Barrell (Intended Business)
- Women's Rowing: Ragnhild Winther (Political Science)
- Rugby: Henry Poon (Business Administration)
- Men's Soccer: Oscar Logevall (Intended Media Studies)
- Women's Soccer: Natalie Hueston (Business Administration)
- Softball: D'Asha Saiki (Psychology)
- Men's Swimming & Diving: Tyler Kopp (Intended Business Administration)
- Women's Swimming & Diving: Emily Gantriis (Intended Business Administration)
- Men's Tennis: Lucas Magnaudet (Political Economy)
- Women's Tennis: Camille Brown (Psychology)
- Men's Track & Field: Michael Gupta (Computer Science)
- Women's Track & Field: Sydney Reid (Integrative Biology)
- Volleyball: Samantha Taumoepeau (Double Major in Philosophy and Mathematics)
- Men's Water Polo: Brady Hoover (Intended Business Administration)
- Women's Water Polo: Sydney Hammill (Business Administration)