Two UCI men's basketball players — freshman forward Eric Wise and junior guard Michael Hunter — were recognized by the All-Big West Conference March 9. Wise was named to the All-Big West second team and the freshman squad. He leads UCI in scoring at 14.2 points per game, the top freshman average in the conference and seventh overall. He has recorded six 20-point games this season. Hunter was named to the All-Big West honorable-mention team. He averages 11.8 points per game and tops the league in steals at conference games with a 1.93 average. He ranks fourth in the Big West for three-pointers with 2.53 per game.
UCI sophomore Hillary Packard was named Big West Female Golfer of the Month for February. Packard won her first collegiate tournament, capturing the Aztec Invitational Feb. 15-17 with a score of 218. She shot a tournament low of 68 on the first round and is tied for the seventh-lowest round in program history. Packard also led UCI to a team title at the Fresno State Lexus Classic Feb. 23-24. She scored 216 (71-72-73), the lowest of her career for three rounds. Packard has a 75.53 scoring average over 15 rounds this season. UCI will host the Anteater Invitational March 30-April 1 at the Dove Canyon Country Club.
In its spring season opener Feb. 28, the UCI men's rowing team reclaimed the Parker Cup after a three-year hiatus in a regatta at La Ballona Creek in Marina del Rey. The men's varsity eight boat (with eight rowers) won the title with a 2.97 second victory over Loyola Marymount University and beat San Diego State University by 30.13 seconds. The Anteaters compete in the Newport Regatta Saturday, April 18.
UCI's Eric Pettis and Lauren Kellerman were honored as the Male and Female Scholar-Athletes of the Year at the annual Big West Scholar-Athlete banquet March 12 at the Crowne Plaza Resort Anaheim. Each conference school honors one male and one female athlete each year. Pettis, a closer on the Anteater baseball team, is a two-time pre-season All-American and a candidate for the Brooks Wallace Award, which honors the top collegiate player in the country. The right-hander was second in the nation in saves last year. Kellerman, a women's volleyball standout, is a three-time Big West Scholar-Athlete. The outside hitter earned an American Volleyball Coaches of America All-America honorable mention after finishing second on the team with 349 kills.