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Word From Westwood - May 28, 2013
By: UCLA Athletics

Word From Westwood

May 28, 2013

More Bruin teams enter NCAA Championship play this week, with baseball, men's golf and women's rowing looking to continue our teams' strong performances in postseason play. While national titles are always the goal at UCLA, we are also proud of our seven teams that have earned Top 5 NCAA finishes this year, which shows our across-the-board success this year. UCLA is the only school in the Pac-12 this season to play in a bowl game and earn NCAA bids in men's and women's basketball, baseball and softball.

Baseball to Host Three California Teams in NCAA Regional Play
The #10-ranked UCLA click here.

Men's Golf, Women's Rowing Take NCAA Turn
The #3-ranked men's golf team began NCAA play today in Atlanta, Ga. and is seeking a Top 8 finish after three rounds in order to move on to match play, which runs from Friday-Sunday.

The #7-ranked women's rowing team begins its NCAA competition on Friday in Indianapolis, Ind. The Bruins are looking to improve upon last year's all-time best showing of eighth place.

Track & Field Teams Qualify 10 Entries to NCAA Championships
At the NCAA West Preliminary Round, the Bruin track and field squad qualified six more athletes in seven events to the NCAA Championships, giving UCLA a total of 10 entries for next week's Championships in Eugene, Ore. Qualifying in Austin were Julian Wruck (discus), Ida Storm (hammer), Kylie Price (long jump, 100m), Turquoise Thompson (400m hurdles), Alec Faldermeyer (hammer) and Brea Buchanan (100m hurdles). Joining them will be previously-qualified Dominic Giovannoni (decathlon), Marcus Nilsson (decathlon) and Tatum Souza (heptathlon).

Women's Golf Finishes Fourth at NCAA
The women's golf team battled tough conditions and finished in fourth place at last week's NCAA Championships, UCLA's ninth Top 5 national finish in head coach Carrie Forsyth's 14 seasons. Sophomore Erynne Lee also placed fourth individually.

Tennis Teams Wrap Up NCAA Play
The Bruin tennis teams wrapped up NCAA play in singles and doubles, with the women's doubles team of Robin Anderson and Skylar Morton advancing all the way to the championship match. Marcos Giron advanced to the Round of 16 in the men's singles tournament.

UCLA Student-Athletes Give Personal Thanks to Donors
Student-athletes from UCLA's athletic teams have personally called over 5,200 Wooden Athletic Fund members over the last week to thank them for their support of UCLA Athletics over the past year.

The week-long Thank-A-Thon event emphasizes how members of the Wooden Athletic Fund provide invaluable support for nearly 700 UCLA student-athletes. Every gift has a positive impact on the ability of the student-athletes to succeed, not only in competition, but also in the classroom and the community.

Select-A-Seat Returns to Pauley Pavilion June 1-2
The UCLA Men's Basketball Select-a-Seat event will return to Pauley Pavilion this weekend, culminating in a public Open House. All day Saturday and Sunday morning, UCLA men's basketball season ticket holders have the chance to change or improve their seat locations for the upcoming season.

Season ticket holders received a personal invitation to attend this event at a specific time based upon Wooden Athletic Fund membership level and season ticket seniority. This invitation is required to attend. Call our Select-a-Seat Information Line at 310-206-5991 for any questions.

Not yet a men's basketball season ticket holder? Be one of the first to see and gain access to newly-available 2013-14 season ticket locations during the Select-a-Seat Open House this Sunday, June 2 from 1-2 pm. Hand-pick a great seat location and then get ready for an exciting season of Bruin Basketball! Available season seats will be marked, and UCLA representatives will be available to assist you throughout the process.

No invitation or RSVP is required to attend the Open House. For details, click here.

Thoughts from the Athletic Director

Last week, I had the opportunity to attend the Sports Business Awards at the Marriott Marquis in New York City, along with Robert Mankin and Jonathan Ward from NBBJ, the company responsible for the design of New Pauley. The Sports Business Awards were established in 2008 by SportsBusiness Journal and SportsBusiness Daily to celebrate and recognize the leaders, visionaries and day-to-day practitioners who personify excellence in the business of sports, both collegiate and professional.

Among the dozen or so awards presented at the ceremony, this year's winners included Scott Blackmun, CEO of the United States Olympic Committee (Sports Executive of the Year), the Oklahoma Thunder (Sports Team of the Year), ESPN (Best in Sports Television) and Jerry Reinsdorf, owner of the NBA's Chicago Bulls and MLB's Chicago White Sox, who received the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Yet another award was for Sports Facility of the Year. The nominees were Amon G. Carter Stadium at Texas Christian University (a $164 million renovation of their on-campus football facility), Barclay's Center in Brooklyn, New York (a landmark sports and entertainment facility and home to the Brooklyn Nets and the New York Islanders), Jet Blue Park (the spring training site of the Boston Red Sox in Fort Myers, Florida, also known as Fenway South), Marlins Park in Miami, Florida (the current home of the MLB's Miami Marlins) and last, but not least, our very own Pauley Pavilion.

To have Pauley included as a finalist among such fantastic sports venues was an honor in itself and yet another testimony to the incredible work of everyone who was involved with this project. I did not get the opportunity to give my two-minute acceptance speech as the Barclay's Center was crowned the winner (and deservedly so). But if I did, my list of credits would have been a long one. I would have thanked the Campaign of Champions executive committee and leadership committee, all of the donors and season ticket holders, UCLA administration including Capital Projects and Campus Recreation, the entire athletic department staff, NBBJ, PCL, 49 Degrees, the list goes on. Of course, a special thanks would go out to all the UCLA coaches and student-athletes; without whom, Pauley Pavilion wouldn't be one of the most iconic sports venues in the country or the "House that Wooden Built".

Many of you may recall that Coach Wooden remarked that when Pauley was first built, it was like "manna from Heaven." Well Coach, the manna is still coming.

Go Bruins!

Dan Guerrero
UCLA Athletic Director

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