Track & Field
    Woodburn Leads 7 Trojans Receiving High University Honors

    April 26, 2012

    Track and field athlete Greg Woodburn has been distinguished as a rare USC "triple scholar" for being selected as a Renaissance, Discovery and Global Scholar by the University and leads a group of seven graduating Trojan student-athletes who have each earned at least one of the aforementioned university-wide academic honors.

    Woodburn, a distance runner for the Trojans, is one of just three USC "triple scholars" in 2012 and is one of just 11 selected since 2008 when it was first possible to be a "triple scholar."

    Woodburn has also been awarded $10,000 from USC for finishing in the top 10 of the 305 Renaissance Scholars, an academic honor that is awarded to select undergraduate students who graduate with a major and a minor (or two majors) in widely separated fields of study.

    Winners of the Discovery Scholar award were selected for excelling in the classroom and displaying the ability to create exceptional new scholarship. Global Scholars earned their distinction for excelling in their studies at home and abroad.

    Water polo player Michael Shashoua is a double award recipient this year, recognized as a Discovery and a Global Scholar. Swimmers Elaine Lim and Jack Ostler, rower Katherine Wittig and pole vaulter Matthew McCormick were selected as Renaissance Scholars while rower Laura Diaz-Pomatto was tabbed a Discovery Scholar.

    Woodburn boasts a 3.97 GPA while majoring in history with a double minor in painting and entrepreneurship. A 2011 Pac-10 All-Academic first teamer, he has battled injuries throughout his career, but is finally healthy and posting some of the best times of his career in 2012. He is a Trustee Scholar and a track and field representative for the Trojan Athletic Senate. He is the Founder and President of Give Running, which is a nonprofit organization that, collects, cleans, and then donates new and used running shoes and athletic shoes to those in need both locally and around the world.



    Shashoua is a four-year member of the USC men's water polo team with a 3.64 GPA while majoring in business administration and international relations with a minor in communication law and media policy. The goalie has been part of four straight NCAA championships for the Trojans and was recently awarded a Fulbright Grant to pursue studies in microfinance in Spain.

    Lim, a business administration major with a 3.55 GPA, was a 2010 and 2011 Pac-10 All-Academic first team selection and a 2012 Pac-12 All-Academic second teamer. A four-year swim team member, Lim competed in the freestyle for the Trojans, who finished third in each of the past two NCAA Championships.

    Ostler was a 2012 men's swimming co-captain and a three-time Pac-12 All-Academic first team selection with a 3.57 GPA in economics and earth science. As a 2012 senior, Ostler established personal records in the 50-yard free and 100-yard fly. A four-year swim team member, he provided depth in the freestyle and butterfly for the Trojans.

    Wittig, a member of USC's novice rowing team, is a math major and has a musical studies minor with a 3.70 GPA. In the summer of 2011, she participated in a research program through the Cornell Math Department to study the linear algebra of finite groups.

    McCormick is a four-year member of USC's track and field team. He is pursuing a progressive degree, working toward a bachelor's and master's in mechanical engineering and has a minor in consumer behavior. He has a 3.72 GPA and has received the Presidential Scholarship every semester he has been at USC. He earned 2011 Pac-10 All-Academic second team honors last season.

    Diaz-Pomatto recently completed degrees in biomedical engineering and gerontology and finished with a 3.65 GPA. She has plans to pursue a Ph.D. in molecular biology with hopes to become a geriatrician and research scientist studying the human body. She twice earned the Rose Hills Fellowship for summer research and won the award for the most innovative project at the 13th annual USC Undergraduate Symposium for Scholarly and Creative Work for her project dubbed, "The Oxygen Conundrum." A three-year varsity rower, she earned the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association 2011 Scholar Athlete honor as a senior.

    Student Recognition Awards (13)­
    Augusto Alonso (FB), Candace Bailey (WTR), Kendall Bateman (WVB), Farren Benjamin (WTR), Katherine Chang (WTR), Nadia Dan (WWP), Briana Gilbreath (WBB), Brittany Kerridge (WSOC), Matthew McCormick (MTR), Daniel Nguyen (MTEN), Jack Ostler (MSWM), Amanda Smith (WSWM) and Greg Woodburn (MTR) won USC Student Recognition Awards as graduating seniors who have exellend both inside and outside the classroom.