Matt Josa To Compete In Italy, Will Join Cal, Roster For Second Semester
Division II NCAA champ and national record-holder Matthew Josa won’t compete for the California Golden Bears until next semester, and in the meantime will compete in the Nico Sapio Trophy along with some notable Cal alumni.
Josa, a multi-time national champ for Queens University in his two years at the Division II level, was rumored to be transferring out to the Division I level as early as March of this year. In July, he settled on the University of California, where he appeared set to swim out his final two years of college eligibility.
Now, a source close to the program tells SwimSwam Josa will begin competing for the Golden Bears in the spring semester. That would likely give him a shot at the NCAA and Pac-12 Championships, which take place in March.
Winning Ways Continue At Triple Distance Meet
STANFORD, Calif. – Competing in the unique Triple Distance Meet format that crowned winners based on a three-race cumulative time, the Cal men's swimming team claimed four event wins and earned victories in both relays against Stanford at Avery Aquatic Center.
Senior Ryan Murphy returned to racing with a win in the backstroke while fellow senior Hunter Cobleigh won a tight battle with teammate Connor Hoppe to claim victory in the breaststroke. Freshman Michael Jensen took the victory in the sprint freestyle and Andrew Seliskar finished the day with the best overall time in the individual medley.
#21 Cal Meets Stanfurd for Big Kick
BERKELEY --- No. 21 California women's soccer wraps up its 2016 regular season schedule with its highly-anticipated "Big Kick" matchup against No. 3 Stanfurd. The Golden Bears and Cardinal will meet at 3 p.m. at Goldman Field in Berkeley. Fans not in attendance can follow the action on Twitter @CalWomensSoccer and via Live Stats on CalBears.com. Friday's match will also air on Pac-12 Networks.
Bears Host Westmont In Sunday Exhibition
BERKELEY - The Cal women's basketball team will play its final tune-up of the preseason this Sunday, hosting Westmont in a free exhibition game at 2 PT at Haas Pavilion.
The event is open to public, but fans unable to attend in person can follow along the live stats, live stream or on twitter at @CalWBBall for updates throughout the game.
This marks the second consecutive season the Golden Bears will face Westmont in an exhibition, beating the Warriors 91-39 in last year's tune-up at Haas Pavilion.
The Bears return eight letterwinners and four starters from last season, including 2016 USBWA National Freshman of the Year Kristine Anigwe. Cal was predicted to finish sixth in the Pac-12 Preseason Coaches' Poll, and received votes in both the AP Preseason Poll and USA Today Coaches' Poll earlier this week.
Ivan Rabb named AP preseason All-American
Cal sophomore power forward Ivan Rabb was named to the AP’s preseason All-American team. He is joined on the team by Duke’s Grayson Allen — the only player to receive more votes than Rabb — Villanova’s Josh Hart, Oregon’s Dillon Brooks and Iowa State’s Monte Morris.
Rabb, who was a highly touted recruit before coming to Cal last season, is expected to take on a much bigger role for the Bears this season after the departures of Jaylen Brown, Jordan Mathews and Tyrone Wallace. Even last year, Rabb was able to put up 12.5 points and 8.6 rebounds per game on a Cal squad full of other offensive options. Rabb’s work was done efficiently, as he ranked second in the Pac-12 in field goal percentage, making 61.5 percent of his shots.
He added in some impressive work protecting the rim for such a lanky and young player, and his 1.2 blocks per game aren’t fully reflective of his shot-altering impact.
The only other Bear to ever receive this preseason honor was future NBA legend Jason Kidd. Rabb is the only underclassman on this year’s team, but he received the third-most votes of any player named to the team in the last two seasons, behind Allen and North Carolina’s Marcus Paige last year.