Junior Claire Pierce led the water polo team in scoring and posted a 3.78 GPA to earn Academic All-District honors for the second time.
The 2011-12 seasons were big ones for Cal State East Bay, as we celebrated the 50th anniversary of Pioneer Athletics as well as the first year as an active member of the NCAA Division II. The Pioneers finished the year with strong showings in baseball, softball, golf, and water polo — including the first NCAA postseason appearance since returning to Division II and becoming eligible for post-season play.
Golfer Chris Herzog and swimmer Jenel Lopez were named Male and Female Athlete of the Year. Herzog led the Pioneers during the regular season with a 74.48 scoring average, winning one individual title and guiding the team to its first NCAA Regional appearance, while Lopez ranked among the top 30 in Division II in the 50-, 100- and 200-meter freestyle, breaking school records in all three events while anchoring four record-breaking relay teams and guiding the team to its best-ever finish at PCSC Championships.
Volleyball player Morgan Hirzel was honored as the Pioneer Spirit Award winner for her dedication to and support of the athletics program this season, while Herzog and women’s soccer player Tenaya Davis were announced as the Cal State East Bay winners of the CCAA’s Hal Charnofsky Memorial Award for their academic and athletic achievements.
Each team and the Pioneer sports medicine staff also honored their top students with the Scholar-Athlete Award.
We also got a chance to thank and honor our 50 seniors, who have all helped to guide us into Division II and have helped make this first year as an active member a huge success. In particular, we honored nine student-athletes who were four-year letterwinners for their teams, as part of the last class to have made the difficult transition from Division III to Division II: Breanna Baker, Gabby Cruz, Tenaya Davis, Christine Gee, Breezy Johnson, Frieda Li, Francisco Pulido, and Michelle Quintero.