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Kiwi leading Cal eights in rowing championships

Updated: May 29, 2011, 10:13 AM ET
By James Raia

GOLD RIVER, Calif.  University of California's women's rowing team has had a long history of international rowers, with the current contingent including athletes from Norway, Australia and Canada.

But this year's squad is likely the most diverse in the school's history with the varsity eights featuring freshman Paparangi Hipango out of New Zealand.

Hipango, 18, of Maori descent, rowed in the third seat of the Cal boat that finished second Friday and advanced to the ...

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