Sept. 26, 2012
UCLA student-athletes, coaches and staff gathered at Drake Stadium on the eve of the first day of classes for the seventh annual "Welcome Back Bruins Picnic" on Sept. 26. The event included food from Naples Rib Company and the opportunity for new and returning Bruins to mingle and kick off the academic year.
A short program included a welcome from UCLA Athletic Director Dan Guerrero and gymnastics head coach Valorie Kondos Field and recognition of UCLA's national and conference championship teams from 2011-12. UCLA's NCAA championship in 2011-12 came from women's volleyball. Pac-12 Champions were from men's soccer, gymnastics and baseball, and MPSF champions came from men's and women's water polo.
One of the highlights of the event was the announcement of the Donald R. Shepherd team academic awards. Men's tennis was the big winner this year, receiving the Highest Team GPA (all sports) and Highest Men's Team GPA awards. Women's swimming and diving won the Highest Women's Team GPA award, and women's soccer claimed the Most Improved Team GPA award.
Team GPA Champions - Men's Tennis