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June 8, 2013
The UC Irvine women's cross country program has earned a Public Recognition Award from the NCAA based on its Academic Progress Rate. The Anteater team's score ranked among the top 10 percent in its sport for 2011-12, the most recent year in the report. This is the third consecutive year that the UCI women's cross country program has earned the award. A total of 976 Division I teams from 268 schools, out of 346 Division I colleges and universities, were recognized with the award for 2011-12.
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By Rhea Mahbubani | June 6, 2013
Graham Michael Freeman was seated in a makeup chair before going on “KTLA 5 Morning News” when he recognized Heidi Klum in the neighboring spot. Freeman was to be interviewed about landing a spot in the top 25 for Tourism Australia's “Best Job in The World” contest, while Klum was on hand for another segment. A conversation sprouted, and the Rancho Cucamonga resident requested the German supermodel's support in his current quest - to be crowned Outback Adventurer of the country's Northern Territory.
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By Barry Faulkner | June 5, 2013
A popular slogan asserts that tradition never graduates. But for UC Irvine baseball, its status as an elite program seems to be fading faster than it is being fortified. For the second straight season, the Anteaters failed to qualify for the 64-team NCAA Regional field, a feat they accomplished six straight times from 2006 to 2011. That postseason run included three regionals titles and one super regional triumph, the latter creating an appearance in the 2007 College World Series.
SPORTS
May 28, 2013
UC Irvine sophomore third baseman Taylor Sparks has been named Co-Field Player of the Year in the Big West Conference for baseball. Sparks hit .422 with seven home runs and 32 runs batted in in 27 conference games, leading all Big West batsmen in all three categories. He finished batting .360 overall with a conference-best 10 homers, while adding 50 RBIs. He was successful on seven of 10 stolen-base attempts and was an above-average defender. Sparks shared the honor with Cal State Fullerton senior Carlos Lopez, whose back-to-back walk-off homers helped the Titans sweep UCI in mid-May.
SPORTS
May 22, 2013
Sophomore Itos Aikhionbare and junior Lacey Surak will represent the UC Irvine women's track and field team in the NCAA West Preliminary Round at Austin, Texas. Aikhionbare will compete in the discus throw Friday at 10 a.m. and the shotput Saturday at 4 p.m. She set the school record in the discus with a mark of 51.63 meters (169-5) in the Beach Invitational at Cerritos College April 20. Aikhionbare has a top mark in the shotput this season of 15.67 meters (51-5) that she recorded at the Oxy Invitational May 4. That mark is No. 2 in the UCI record book.
SPORTS
May 22, 2013
Samantha Chan has signed a national letter of intent with the UC Irvine women's golf program, Anteaters coach Julie Brooks said recently. Chan, out of Campolindo High near Sacramento, earned second-team All-Diablo Foothill Athletic League honors in 2012. She was undefeated in league as a senior and won the Marin County Junior Tournament in 2011. "Samantha is a great addition to our team," Brooks said. "She is athletic, a solid ball striker and will contribute to the team immediately.
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By Barry Faulkner | May 4, 2013
LOS ANGELES - Thundering chants of U-C-I and B-Y-U perhaps might have faded under a more resonant echoes of Dy-Nas-Ty Saturday night as the UC Irvine men's volleyball team earned its second straight NCAA championship and its fourth in seven seasons. The No. 2-seeded Anteaters (25-7), who had lost their first two meetings to the top-seeded Cougars (26-5) this season, exploded for a 25-23, 25-22, 26-24 victory in the title match in front of 6,295 at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion, as well as a national television audience on ESPNU.
SPORTS
May 3, 2013
UC Irvine senior Kristina Smith has been named Big West Conference Player of the Year in women's tennis. Smith, who was named first-team all-conference in singles and doubles, is UCI's first Player of the Year since 2005. She has twice been named first-team All-Big West in singles. Smith teams with junior Franziska Goettschling to earn her doubles recognition. Smith received honorable mention in all-conference doubles voting all three of her previous seasons. In addition, Marivick Mamiit is a second-team honoree in singles, while Anteaters head man Mike Edles shares Coach of the Year recognition.
SPORTS
May 3, 2013
UC Irvine women's golfers Michelle Park and Luciane Lee have been selected to participate as individuals in the NCAA West Regional, May 9-11 at the Stanford Golf Course. Park, a senior, has posted four top-10 finishes this season and leads UCI with a 75.33 scoring average. Lee, a freshman, has a 76.05 scoring average. She was second at the Fresno State tournament and third at the Juli Inkster Invitational. The top eight teams and top two individuals from three total regional sites will advance to the championship finals, May 21-24 at the University of Georgia Golf Course.
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By Barry Faulkner | May 3, 2013
With the possible exception of the Olympic Games, it can be argued that there is no bigger stage for a men's volleyball player than the NCAA Championship. UC Irvine (24-7), which battles BYU (26-4) in the NCAA title match on Saturday at 6 p.m. at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion, is making its fourth appearance in seven seasons under what first-year Anteaters Coach David Kniffin calls "the big lights. " Remarkably, UCI has won each of its three previous trips to the championship match (2012, 2009 and 2007)
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