NAPA, Calif. --- The final regular season tournament for California women's golf concluded with the Golden Bears recording its ninth top-10 finish of the year - a seventh place showing (+30 / 894) at the Silverado Showdown Tuesday afternoon at the Silverado Resort.
Despite dropping from the fourth place perch it occupied after Monday's second round, No. 15 Cal will go into the postseason with five top-10 finishes in the Spring - including a victory at the Bay Area Intercollegiate - and four from the Fall season.
Junior Lucia Gutierrez - the 2015 Silverado individual medalist - and freshman Marianne Li both finished tied for 18th place after shooting 5-over 221 over the course of the tournament. Gutierrez carded the lowest score of the day for the Bears with a 2-over 74 and led the team over the last two rounds (shot a 70 on Monday).
Women's Swimming & Diving
Blazing to a personal-best time, Cal sophomore Noemie Thomas earned a spot at the 2016 Olympic Games with a runner-up finish in the 100-meter butterfly at the Canadian Trials Tuesday night in Toronto.
Thomas, from Richmond, British Columbia, covered the distance in a 57.02, which ranks as the fourth-fastest time in the world so far this year. In her trials final, she touched just behind winner Penny Oleksiak, who was clocked in 56.99. Both swimmers were well under the previous Canadian record in the event.
"I can't tell you how many times I have been thinking about this moment," Thomas said. "Just having this dream finally come true, it's surreal.
"At the same time, I know I have worked my butt off for the past four years. I can't be more grateful for the support system I have."
BERKELEY - Maegan Manasse collected her third Pac-12 Player of the Week honor of the 2015-16 season, the Conference announced on Monday, after beating Carol Zhao to clinch No. 1 California's 4-3 Big Slam win over No. 18 Stanford on Sunday. The Cal junior also won in singles in the unbeaten Golden Bears' 7-0 rout of No. 38 Oregon on April 1 at the Hellman Tennis Complex.
Cal has won this award for three straight weeks, with senior Klara Fabikova earning it on March 28 and Manasse picking up her second award of the season on March 21. Manasse was also the Jan. 25 Pac-12 Player of the Week.
This is the fifth career award for Manasse, who is one of just six players to claim the Pac-12 Women's Tennis Player of the Week five times or more. Cal has also now earned the most Conference weekly honors with 36, breaking the Bears' one-week tie with USC at 35.
The New England Patriots are the model of consistency that many NFL franchises strive for, as they are consistent Super Bowl contenders year in and year out, and should be considered the Super Bowl front-runner heading into the 2016 season. However, the Patriots have made some big moves this offseason, reloading their roster both through free agency and through trades, and, despite losing their first-round pick to Deflategate, New England has loaded up on draft ammo with four picks in the top 100.
The Patriots have multiple needs they will try to fill in the upcoming 2016 NFL Draft, with their offensive line likely needing the most help. One position to keep an eye out for is running back, as New England is reportedly expected to target one at some point in the draft.
One potential prospect the Patriots have reportedly "shown plenty of interest" in is California Golden Bears running back Daniel Lasco. The 6-foot, 209-pound player is projected to land in the middle rounds of the draft, and likely could be in play for New England from the third round on.
Lasco was California's team MVP during the 2014 season, as he rushed for 1,115 yards and scored 12 rushing touchdowns. The Patriots love dual threat running backs, which Lasco can provide as he also recorded 33 receptions for 356 yards with two touchdowns that season. New England already met with the California Golden Bears prospect at the 2016 NFL Combine, and have reportedly recently put him through a private workout.