Cal Sports: Impressive Senior Class Boasts Six 4-Time All-Americans

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Athletes from golf, swimming, water polo and women's basketball all part of the hit parade

Collin Morikawa makes it a Super Six.

Morikawa’s selection to the PING All-America first team by the Golf Coaches Association of America gives Cal six four-time All-Americans during the 2018-19 academic year.

Morikawa joins swimmers Andrew Seliskar and Amy Bilquist, women’s basketball star Kristine Anigwe and water polo players Johnny Hooper and Odysseas Masmanidis as Golden Bears who earned All-America honors for the fourth time this year.

Morikawa, who finished in a tie for sixth at the NCAA tournament on Monday, became the first 4X Cal All-America golfer after collecting first-team honors for the third straight year. He was a third-team pick as a freshman. A finalist for the Ben Hogan, Byron Nelson and Jack Nicklaus awards, Morikawa finished his Cal career with a school-record 69.78 stroke average.

Here’s a rundown of the Bears' other five four-time honorees:

Andrew Seliskar

— Seliskar won individual NCAA titles in the 200-yard freestyle and 200 individual medley for Cal’s national championship men’s swim team, giving him All-America notice for the fourth straight spring. As a junior, he was All-American in five events.

Amy Bilquist

— Bilquist helped Cal set an collegiate record in the 200 freestyle relay at this year’s NCAA championships, contributed to wins in the 400 medley and 400 free relays and earned All-America honors in four other individual and relay events.She is one of Cal's greatest freestyle sprinters and backstroke specialists.

Kristine Anigwe

— Anigwe was a second-team All-America pick in women’s basketball after finishing her career as Cal’s career scoring and rebounding leader. She was previously three times an honorable mention choice. Now a rookie with the WNBA's Connecticut Sun, Anigwe led the nation in rebounding at 16.2 per game this past season and was ninth in scoring at 22.5

Johnny Hooper

— Hooper was chosen to the All-America first team in water polo for the third straight season after becoming the No. 2 career goal scorer (245) in school history. Last fall, he led the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation -- the nation's strongest conference -- with 3.67 goals per game.He won second-team All-America honors as a freshman.

Odysseas Masmanidis

— Masmanidis, a native of Athens, Greece, collected honorable mention A-A honors this season to make it four years in a row on the list. He helped Cal reach the finals of the 2018 MPSF tournament, earning all-tournament honors after collecting five goals and three assists. He was a first-team All-American selection as a sophomore in 2016.

This isn’t easy and it’s not an every-day occurrence.

Consider that the Cal football team has never had a four-time All-American. Neither have the baseball or men’s basketball teams. The closest the Bears have come in hoops was Bob McKeen, who earned honors three times from 1953 through ’55.

Some of this is impacted by the fact that for many years freshmen were ineligible to play varsity collegiate sports, leaving them with just three chances to earn All-America status.

Given that elite college football, basketball and baseball players often leave school early for the pros, it’s increasingly likely there will never be a four-year All-American in those sports.

It’s far more common in certain sports — the Bears powerhouse men’s and women’s swim teams boast nearly 100 four-year All-Americans between them.

Olympic swim stars in the club include Matt Biondi (1984-87), Anthony Ervin (2000-03) and Nathan Adrian (2007, ’09-11) from the men’s program and Mary T. Meager (1983, ’85-87) and Valerie Coughlin (2001-04) on the women’s side.

While the men’s water polo program has produced at least eight four-time All-Americans, Dora Antal (2014-15, ’17-18) distinguished herself as a four-time first-team selection from the women’s program.

Cal’s lone track and field athlete to secure A-A honors four times was Chuck Glenn (1965-68), who ran on mile relay teams that finished 1st at the NCAA championships in 1965, second in ’66, third in ’68 and fourth in ’67.

Sheila Hudson was the women’s national champ in the triple jump in 1987, ’88 and ’90 to earn All-America status three times, but she did not do so in 1989.

Slugger Andrew Vaughn figures to earn All-America notice for the third straight season, but the 2018 Golden Spikes Award winner is expected to be taken in the first round of the amateur baseball draft next month, so he won’t be around for a shot at No. 4.

Two Cal softball players have made four All-America teams, most recently Gillian Boxx (1992-95), who was a first-team pick in ’93 and ’95.

Michele Granger (1990-93) was a four-time first-team pick during a career in which she pitched 94 shutouts and 25 no-hitters, and later was the winning pitcher in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics gold medal game … while pregnant.

Women’s rowing has produced a pair of four-time All-Americans: Kaylen Vander Schilden (2003-06) and Kara Kohler (2010-11, ’13-14). Both were three-time first-team selections.