Jill Costello, a coxswain on the Cal women's crew, died Thursday, ending a yearlong battle against lung cancer. She was 22.
Last month, Costello was named the Pac-10 Athlete of the Year, and she graduated with a degree in political economy.
"Jill was a wonderful person, and we were blessed to have had her in our lives," Cal crew coach Dave O'Neill said. "As much as everyone tried to lend a hand, Jill was the one inspiring all of us. The core of 'Team Jill' was her parents, Mary and Jim, and aunt, Kathy. Our hearts go out to them."
A native of San Francisco, Costello was diagnosed on June 6, 2009. Despite battling the illness throughout the 2010 season, she continued to train and compete with the Bears.
Costello coxed the varsity eights for the first time at the 2010 Pac-10 championships. Costello and Cal edged Stanford at the finish line in that race, thus clinching the Pac-10 team title for the Bears by half of a point over the Cardinal.
On May 6 at the annual Academic Honors Luncheon, she won the Joseph McDonnell Kavanagh Award as Cal's most inspirational student-athlete.
Services are pending.
College World Series: Brady Thomas singled in the winning run in the 12th inning and South Carolina ousted Oklahoma with a 3-2 victory in Omaha, Neb. The Gamecocks were down to their last strike against Ryan Duke when Jackie Bradley's full-count RBI single tied it. Duke walked Jeffery Jones before Thomas drove a pitch into center field, scoring Bradley from second. Oklahoma took a 2-1 lead in the top of the 12th on Tyler Ogle's homer. South Carolina will play Clemson in the Bracket 2 final tonight. South Carolina must beat Clemson twice to reach the best-of-three finals. TCU will play UCLA in the Bracket 1 final today. TCU must beat UCLA twice to reach the finals.
NCAA: A recruiting committee backed a proposal to prohibit making scholarships offers to recruits before July 1 in the summer between their junior and senior years in high school. If passed, it would apply to all sports. The Legislative Council won't vote on it until at least January.
North Carolina State: Maryland athletic director Debbie Yow is expected to take the same position at N.C. State today, sources told the Washington Post.
Associated Press contributed to this roundup.