June 3, 2009

Pac-Tending 06-03-09

"We had a meeting at the beginning of the year and I asked [the team] if they believed they could win the NCAA's and they said 'yes'."

- Stanford head women's rowing coach Yasmin Farooq after the Cardinal won the NCAA championship last week.



Championship season continues at the Creek and the Stanford women's rowing team added another national title to the conference's bin to go along with the NCAA title supplied by the Washington softball team while 353 athletes representing every Pac-10 school will compete at the NCAA Track & Field Championships next week. In addition, conference all-academic teams were named for track and field, baseball, tennis, golf, rowing and softball this week.

The updated 2008-09 Director's Cup standings were released and 14-time defending champ Stanford maintained their usual spot at the top of the heap while the Pac-10 placed six schools in the Top 25.

Meanwhile, at NCAA HQ, women's basketball set an attendance record in the 2008-09 season.





Arizona State

In baseball, the Sun Devils were the only conference team to advance to the Super Regionals in the NCAA baseball tournament with wins over Kent State and Oral Roberts. Head coach Pat Murphy, junior Jason Kipnis and junior Mike Leake were named as the conference's coach, player and pitcher of the year.



WSU

In baseball, the Cougars lost to Arkansas, then defeated Wichita State but were eliminated by Oklahoma in the NCAA tournament in 19 years at the Norman Regional in Oklahoma. Senior Greg Lagreid was named as the conference's scholar-athlete of the year.

In men's hoop, forward Charlie Enquist will receive a scholarship while forward Fabian Boeke will end his career due to injuries and guard Nick Witherill will transfer.

In track and field, sophomore men's 400-meter hurdler Jeshua Anderson and senior sprinter Justin Woods both won events at the NCAA West Regional.

In football, senior safety Xavier Hicks, Jr. was arrested and released for driving with a suspended license.



Stanford

In baseball, sophomore Jake Schlander was named as the conference's defensive player of the year.



USC

In men's hoop, forward Marcus Johnson has announced his decision to make himself available for the NBA Draft.



Arizona

In softball, the Wildcats were eliminated from the NCAA tournament with a loss to Alabama.



Washington

In baseball, Washington signed JC catcher Miles Kizer for the 2010 season.



Oregon State

In baseball, the Beavers defeated Texas A&M but lost to TCU twice and were eliminated from the NCAA tournament.



California

In women's rowing, the Bears finished second at the NCAA championship.



Oregon

In men's track and field, junior distance runner Galen Rupp was named as the conference's scholar-athlete of the year.



UCLA

In baseball, freshman pitcher Trevor Bauer was named as the conference's freshman of the year.





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