Six To Enter 25th Cal Aggie Athletics Hall Of Fame Induction Class

Dante Ross (top), who led UC Davis men's basketball to the NCAA Division II title in 1998, is one five former Aggie student-athletes to be enshrined in the 25th Cal Aggie Athletics Hall of Fame Induction Class.<br>(Mark Bullard, <i>Davis Enterprise</I>)

Dante Ross (top), who led UC Davis men's basketball to the NCAA Division II title in 1998, is one five former Aggie student-athletes to be enshrined in the 25th Cal Aggie Athletics Hall of Fame Induction Class.
(Mark Bullard, Davis Enterprise)

March 27, 2007

DAVIS, Calif. - Five former student-athletes and one former coach have been chosen for the 25th Cal Aggie Athletics Hall of Fame induction class, it was announced by Director of Athletics Greg Warzecka. They will be formally honored during induction ceremonies on June 2 at Freeborn Hall.

The Hall of Fame honors those who achieved or contributed to UC Davis intercollegiate athletics with unusual distinction. The inductees are chosen by the CAAHOF Advisory Board and approved by Chancellor Larry Vanderhoef.

Alphabetically, the 2007 induction class includes the following five student-athletes:

TEA AUSTIN, a freestyle and backstroke specialist, won 23 All-America awards and three NCAA championships from 1997 through 2001. Additionally, he set two sprint freestyle records and twice captured the Colby E. "Babe" Slater Award as the university's outstanding male athlete of the year.

PETE FAETH scored a school-record 22 goals for the Aggie men's soccer team as a senior in 1993, earning first-team All-West Region honors by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. He tallied 39 goals and 82 total points in his career, earning at least All-Northern California Athletic Conference honorable mention in each of his last three seasons.

PAT FOSTER starred as a swimmer and water polo player from 1993 to 1996. He posted a total of 18 All-America finishes for three different coaches as a swimmer, including 10 in individual events. In the water polo tank, he scored 132 goals and helped the Aggies to a berth in the 1996 NCAA Championships as a senior.

DANTÉ ROSS is perhaps best known for leading the Aggies to a 31-2 season and the program's first NCAA men's basketball title in 1998. He earned back-to-back All-West Region and All-America honors, and ranks among the school's all-time leaders in points, assists and steals.

ALLISON (STONEBARGER) BIRDWELL, the first superstar of UC Davis women's lacrosse since reaching varsity status in 1997, earned All-America honors in each of her last two seasons, including "consensus" first-team distinction as a senior in 2000. She scored 50 goals in each of her sophomore and junior years, and continues to rank among the program's all-time leaders in goals, assists and total points.

Additionally, volleyball coach MARLENE PIPER was selected as a non-participant inductee. In her six-year career at the helm, she compiled a record of 152-29 and guided the Aggies to four straight NCAA postseason appearances, including an Elite Eight berth in 1992. The former Portland State and California head coach also garnered NCAC Coach of the Year honors five times in her UC Davis tenure.

Longtime booster DICK FORBES will be posthumously honored with the Hall of Fame's Special Recognition Award, bestowed upon those who contribute to UC Davis athletics in a volunteer capacity. Until his death in 2000, Forbes was highly active as a board member and "Aggie Ambassador" with TeamAggie, the athletics booster club.

The June 2 ceremonies will also feature the annual student-athlete awards, comprising the Colby E. "Babe" Slater Award for outstanding male athlete of the year, the Hubert Heitman Award for female athlete of the year, the W.P. Lindley Award for scholar-athlete of the year, and the Lysle Leach and Marya Welch team GPA awards.

Tickets for the CAAHOF Induction Ceremonies & Student-Athlete Awards Banquet can be obtained from Amie Smith at (530) 752-4557.

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