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Cal defeats Arkansas State 24-14 in the Collegiate Rugby Championship Quarters

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Women's Tennis

Seniors Claim Pac-12 All-Academic Honors

BERKELEY - California seniors Lynn Chi and Klara Fabikova earned Pac-12 All-Academic honors, the Conference announced Thursday, with Chi garnering a second-team berth and Fabikova earning honorable mention.

To be eligible for selection to the academic team, a student-athlete must have a minimum 3.0 overall grade-point average and compete in at least 50 percent of the team's matches.

An integrative biology major who intends to go to medical school, Chi's 3.42 GPA earned her second-team status for the first time after previously garnering two honorable mentions. This is the first Pac-12 All-Academic honor for Fabikova, an interdisciplinary studies major.

Men's Gymnastics

Three Bears Begin Olympic Trials

Three California men gymnast begin their journey to Rio for the summer Olympics Friday night. Rising sophomore Aaron Mah and 2016 graduates Kyle Zemeir and Kevin Wolting will compete on a national stage against their respected countries' best with few spots to Rio avaliable. They hope to join South African Cal teammate Ryan Patterson in the Olympics.

Mah, a Vancouver, BC native, is competing in Edmonton, AB at the Canadian Championships while Zemeir and Wolting are in Hartford, CT competing in the US P&G Gymnastics Championships.

With regards to Mah and Canada, this weekend's competition is the only trial needed to advance to the summer games. However, only one Canadian can advance to the Olympics as Canada only qualified one spot rather than a whole team like the United States. Mah currently holds a spot on the national team and hopes to retain that this weekend along with a chance to compete in Rio.

As far as Zemeir and Wolting, this weekend is just the first of two steps needed to advance. This weekend the two recent Cal graduates will compete against the former Golden Bears' gymnast and current United States men's national gymnast Donothan Bailey as well as 12 other US national team gymnasts, including 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Danell Leyva.

Men's Crew

Building Toward His Future

Cal senior Morgan Hellen just graduated with a degree in architecture, a feat that many thought he'd never accomplish.

"Everyone said I couldn't do it," Hellen recalled.

Well before he first stepped onto the Cal campus as a freshman from Kent, England, Hellen already had his career goals in mind. English students who want to study at the university level must set their career paths in advance, which is how he came to choose architecture early on.

"A lot of people were pretty negative about it because I decided that's what I wanted to do," Hellen explained, "but it made me want it even more."