Women's Swimming & Diving
ATLANTA - When Cal senior Rachel Bootsma completed the 100 backstroke finals Friday night at the NCAA Championships, it was uncertain if she was happy or relieved.
But one thing was for certain - Bootsma was a national champion yet again.
Bootsma won her third NCAA title in the 100 back and the Bears remain in contention for the team title heading into Saturday's final day of racing at the McAuley Aquatic Center on the campus of Georgia Tech University.
LOS ANGELES - No. 14 California (11-6, 1-2 Pac-12) dropped the rubber match of their series at USC (9-9, 2-1 Pac-12) to open conference play, 5-4 on Saturday afternoon at Dedeaux Field in Los Angeles. The Bears lost their second straight game, despite another strong offensive performance by sophomore catcher Brett Cumberland, who homered for the third straight game and reached base three times. Cal fell behind in the first inning, but fought back to take a 2-1 lead in the fourth. USC wrestled it back with a two-run frame in the bottom of the same inning, and held on for the 5-4 win.
"In that first game, we still made some mistakes," Cumberland said when asked of his feelings on the series as a whole. "Daulton [Jefferies] always pitches up and that was a good overall win. Saturday rolls around and it was a bit of a mess, but that's how baseball works; sometimes you get punched. Today was just a fight. We just kept battling and they [USC] kept battling and we each threw some punches and they ended out on top today."
BERKELEY - The eyes of the football world were on Cal when the team hosted its annual Pro Day at Kabam Field at California Memorial Stadium on Friday. Former Cal quarterback Jared Goff is one of the top prospects in the 2016 NFL Draft next month and personnel from all 32 teams including Cleveland and San Francisco head coaches Hugh Jackson and Chip Kelly were on hand to watch him throw.
NFL Network telecast the event live while ESPN was on hand to provide several live SportsCenter updates. More than 80 media credentials were issued for the event.
"It's a great showcase for everybody," Cal head coach Sonny Dykes said. "When you have that many eyes on you as a program and your players perform well it certainly speaks well for them as athletes, and it speaks well for our strength and conditioning staff."
Goff completed 61-of-69 passes while throwing a variety of routes to some of his favorite targets in former Cal teammates Stephen Anderson, Trevor Davis, Maurice Harris, Daniel Lasco, Kenny Lawler, Darius Powe and Bryce Treggs.
When Goff finished throwing the hometown fans in attendance gave him a round of applause from fans.
"I think it's the same for everyone," Goff said when asked about the hometown advantage of throwing at Cal. "You get back with your same receivers, back on your own field. I practiced and played there and played there for three years."