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May 21, 2008
Newport Beach resident Kaes Van’t Hof, a senior at USC, and his tennis partner, Robert Farah, are the No. 2 seed in doubles at the NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships that begin today at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center in Tulsa, Okla. Van’t Hof, who won the Pac-10 singles and doubles titles in April at Ojai, is also competing in the singles event, which also includes UC Irvine senior Victor Lamm. Van’t Hof and Farah are 34-3 this season and take a 21-match winning streak into Thursday’s first-round match against Ed Corrie and Kellen Damico of Texas.
February 28, 2008
UC Irvine senior Eddie Erazo was named Big West Conference Male Swimmer of the Year after winning three individual events at the Big West Championships, completed Saturday. Erazo won the 100-yard backstroke, in a meet record 47.89 seconds, the 100 butterfly (47.60) and the 200 fly (1:43.82). Erazo is qualified for the NCAA Championships for the second straight season in all three events. He was named Big West Athlete of the Week twice this season and is a 10-time Big West champion.
November 24, 2007
UC Irvine senior Eddie Erazo was named Big West Conference Athlete of the Week in men’s swimming, following his performance at the recent UC Irvine Nike Cup. Erazo won the 200-yard butterfly in 1 minute, 44.54 seconds on Nov. 17 at Belmont Plaza to set a meet record and qualify for the NCAA Championships for the second straight year. He also posted times of 49.14 in the 100 butterfly, 49.57 in the 100 backstroke and 1:50.50 in the 200 individual medley at three-day event.
By Barry Faulkner | October 26, 2007
Laura Olvera began running with a specific destination in mind. Now, some eight years later, it’s the journey, she believes, that has placed her on a pathway to success. The UC Irvine junior enters Saturday’s Big West Conference Championships as one of the favorites to earn the women’s individual title. She was second the last two years and has the fastest time (20 minutes, 42 seconds) among conference foes this season over 6,000 meters, the distance contested at Fairbanks Cross Country Course in San Luis Obispo.
By Barry Faulkner | August 1, 2007
The biggest day in the history of UC Irvine athletics not only stretched the boundaries of reason, it also posed a substantial logistical challenge for those compelled to keep tabs. On June 18 in Washington, D.C., the men's volleyball team was recognized on the South Lawn of the White House for claiming the program's first NCAA championship six weeks prior. Just a few hours later in Omaha. Neb., the baseball team was on its way to winning the longest game in College World Series history, capturing the hearts of many fans in attendance at Rosenblatt Stadium, as well as those of a national television audience that took in the five-hour, 40 minute diamond drama.
July 5, 2007
Newport Harbor High product Esther Lofgren was one of three Radcliffe Crew (Harvard) rowers named recently to the Pocock All-America Lightweight Team. A first-team selection, Lofgren has been instrumental as a junior six seat in the varsity eight for Radcliffe. She helped the Crimson place 11th at the NCAA Championships after missing the championships the previous year for the first time since 1997. Lofgren, who began as a member of the Newport Aquatic Center junior team, attends Harvard, whose women's rowing team competes as Radcliffe Crew.
July 3, 2007
UC Irvine, with the benefit of an NCAA championship in men's volleyball and a third-place showing by the baseball team at the College World Series, earned its best finish ever in the U.S. Sports Academy Directors' Cup standings at 56th. The Directors' Cup is compiled annually by the Collegiate Directors of Athletics, United States Sports Academy and USA Today to rank the best overall collegiate athletics programs among the country's 285 Division I schools. That means the Anteaters were among the top 20% nationally, in terms of success program wide.
March 11, 2007
MINNEAPOLIS, MINN. — Auburn University senior Hayley Peirsol, a Newport Harbor High product, successfully defended her NCAA title in the 1,650-yard freestyle on Saturday at the NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships at the University of Minnesota. Peirsol's time of 15 minutes, 45.92 seconds was over 10 seconds faster than her seed time, and easily beat out second-place Auburn teammate Adrienne Binder (15:53.44). Her time was nearly four seconds faster than her 2006 NCAA championship time of 15:49.
By Barry Faulkner | January 2, 2007
The 2006 NCAA Final Four trophy is nowhere to be found and UC Irvine men's volleyball coach John Speraw has lobbied against the display of a Final Four banner to be hung in the Bren Events Center. But the traces of last season's five-game NCAA semifinal loss to host Penn State still linger ominously for Speraw, his staff and his players. The remnants of an unprecedented 2006 campaign, however, are not all negative. Six starters, including four All-Americans, return from an Anteater squad that went 27-5 and won the program's first Mountain Pacific Sports Federation regular-season title.
November 15, 2006
UCI'S ERICKSON HONORED UC Irvine senior pitcher Blair Erickson has been named to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Assn. Preseason All-American team for the third consecutive year. Erickson had 13 saves, tops in the Big West Conference and 13th in the nation as a junior, when he was 5-0 with a 2.06 ERA with 57 strikeouts in 52 1/3 innings and limited foes to a .229 batting average. He was selected in the 10th round of the Major League Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals, but elected to return for his senior season.
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