Volume III, Issue 6: March 2011


Hernandez makes Lowe's Senior CLASS Award watch list

Brian Hernandez works the infield
Brian Hernandez works the infield for the Anteaters.

UCI baseball standout Brian Hernandez has been named a candidate for the 2011 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award.

The infielder and pitcher is one of 30 baseball student-athletes nationwide on the watch list for the award, which honors an outstanding NCAA Division I senior from nine different sports who exhibit excellence in four areas: community, classroom, character and competition.

A Big West Scholar-Athlete, Hernandez will graduate in June with a bachelor's in sociology and a minor in education. He has been a teaching assistant for classes on K-12 education; volunteers as a coach for the Orange County Halos' 13- and 14-year-olds; and mentors young players at UCI baseball camps.

UCI's Daniel Bibona '10 was last year's Senior CLASS Award winner.

Women's golf tees it up at invitational

Patty Chawalitmetha sinks a putt
UCI senior Patty Chawalitmetha has proven a strong competitor on the course.

Women's golf will host the Anteater Invitational on March 28 and 29 at Dove Canyon Country Club. The tournament features 36 holes on Monday and the final 18 on Tuesday.

UCI will be joined by teams from across the U.S., including Cal State Fullerton, Long Beach State, Cal State Northridge, UC Riverside, University of San Francisco, Portland State, Hawaii, Nevada, Northern Colorado, Idaho and Iowa.

The Anteaters will compete in the Big West Conference championship April 17-19 at Tijeras Creek Golf Club in Rancho Santa Margarita.

Off to the races

Charles Jock on the track
All-American and 2010 Big West Athlete of the Year Charles Jock (800 meters) returns for his junior season with the UCI men's team.

Fans have several chances to take in men's and women's track & field action over the next couple of months.

The Anteaters host the Big West Challenge Cup on Friday, April 8, competing against Cal State Fullerton, Long Beach State and UC Santa Barbara.

The 17th annual Steve Scott Invitational will take place at Anteater Stadium on Saturday and Sunday, April 30 and May 1. Scott, a six-time All-American in track & cross country at UCI and three-time Olympian, is currently head coach at Cal State San Marcos.

And UCI will be the site of the Big West Conference multi-event championships (decathlon and heptathlon) Friday and Saturday, May 6 and 7, and the Big West championships Friday and Saturday, May 13 and 14.

UCI salutes scholar-athletes

Lauren Collins at podium during last year's banquet
Last year, track & field star Lauren Collins '10 was UCI's female Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

UCI Athletics will host its annual Salute to Scholar-Athletes banquet Thursday, May 19, at Crawford Hall.

The event recognizes all of UCI's conference scholar-athletes in addition to award winners in various categories, such as academic achievement, leadership and highest team grade-point average.

This year's banquet will feature former women's water polo player Megan Braun '10, the first UCI grad to become a Rhodes scholar. In 2010, the UCI Scholar-Athlete of the Year recipients were Lauren Collins (track & field) and Francis Larson (baseball).