Cal Teams Earn Newmark Award For Academic Success
BERKELEY – Five California athletic programs were honored Wednesday with the Newmark Award, an annual honor given to the teams on campus with the top cumulative grade point average over the previous year.
Men's Rowing captured the Large Team Award for the fifth consecutive year with a team GPA of 3.383 while the Bears' women's tennis program earned the Women's Small Team Award for a third straight year (3.589). Cal's field hockey team won the award for the second straight year in the Women's Large Team category (3.459) and the men's gymnastics team earned the accolade in the Men's Small Team division (3.287).
The Golden Bear softball team was recognized as most improved for having the biggest increase in cumulative grade point average over the past four terms.
Each winning team will be awarded approximately $7,000 to go to its operating budget.
The Newmark Awards were established in 2007 by Pat and Kent Newmark in an effort to recognize team academic success at Cal. Kent Newmark competed on the tennis and track & field teams at Cal before graduating in 1960.