By Jeff Faraudo
Sunday, June 2nd, 2013 at 4:05 pm in General Cal athletics.
The Cal women’s varsity eight boat won the NCAA title on Sunday, leading the Bears to a second-place team finish at Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis, Ind.
The Bears crossed in 6 minutes, 21.426 seconds to beat runnerup Princeton (6:22.595) and third-place finisher Ohio State (6:23.197).
Overall, Cal scored 124 points to finish just two behind team champion Ohio State.
Cal’s second varsity eight boat placed second and its varsity four team won the “B” final.
MEN’S ROWING: The Cal men earned podium finishes in four of five grand finals at the IRA National Championships at Lake Natoma in Gold River, Calif. Washington dominated the competition, winning all five races.
GOLF: Sophomore Michael Kim became the first Cal men’s golfer to win national player of the year honors when he was named the Jack Nicklaus Award winner as the top player in Division I by the Golf Coaches Association of America.
Kim won four individual tournament titles this season as the Bears captured 11 of their first 13 events before losing in the semifinal round of match play Saturday at the NCAA championships.
Kim was presented with the honor by Nicklaus at an awards ceremony Sunday during the final round of the Memorial Tournament in Dublin, Ohio, just outside of Nicklaus’ hometown of Columbus.
“To be named the winner of the Jack Nicklaus Award is the biggest honor of my career and to be at the award ceremony with Mr. Nicklaus there was truly amazing,” Kim said.