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Golden Nuggets: The Bears are academic standouts

Bears dot several all-academic awards this postseason

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The California Golden Bears are a bunch of smart cookies. So, it should come as no surprise as we approach what would have been the ‘normal offseason’ for winter and some spring sports, that we see your Bears dot the i’s and cross the t’s of many honors list in the world of academics.

Well, that’s exactly what has happened just this past week.

The baseball team spotted two players — Nick Proctor and Connor Mack — on the CoSIDA Academic All-District Team while the women’s water polo saw a whopping nine athletes land on the MPSF All-Academic honor list.

Proctor, a sophomore pitcher, and Mack, a junior outfielder, landed on the All-District-8 First-Team, highlighting players from Arizona, California, Oregon and Washington. Cal was one of just two schools to place two players on the first-team, joining only San Diego.

Due to their selection by the CoSIDA, they also automatically qualify for the Academic All-American list and those selections will be made from June 8-11.

The women’s water polo team placed nine student-athletes on the MPSF’s All-Academic Team, the most a Cal team has placed since 2015. To be eligible for the team, you must carry at least a 3.00 cumulative GPA and participate in at least 50% of your team’s competitions.

Hannah DeRose was honored for the third consecutive year as she was also an ACWPC All-American honorable mention just a few weeks ago. Claire Sonne, Georgia Gilmore, Brigit Mulder each earned the honor for the second straight year while Jackie Sanders, Kristina Garcia, Cassidy Ball, Cynthia Mulder and Carson Broad each took home the honors for the first time in their careers.

For more on the women’s water polo team and the baseball players listed above, as well as some of the other happenings around Berkeley, we’ve taken the time to outline them below:

Go Bears!