USC Has 27 Athletes Earn Pac-12 All-Academic Honors|
June 11, 2012
The USC track and field teams returned from the NCAA Championships in Des Moines, Ia. with two top 25 finishes and proved that they are just as tough in the classroom as 27 Trojan student-athletes earned Pac-12 All-Academic honors it was announced today (June 11) by commisioner Larry Scott. Leading the way for the Trojans was Matthew McCormick, Ryan Thomas, Thea Weiss and Greg Woodburn who were named to the first team.
The USC men's' team had three athletes named to the first team, five to the second team and four named honorable mention. The Trojans' eight athletes receiving first or second team designation were the most by any men's team in the conference.
The senior pole vaulter McCormick was named to the first team as he carries a 3.69 GPA in Engineering. Thomas, a junior middle distance runner, maintains a 3.79 GPA in Business Administration and senior distance runner Woodburn has a 3.96 GPA in History. Earlier this spring, Woodburn was distinguished as a rare USC "triple scholar" for being selected as a Renaissance, Discovery and Global Scholar by the University and was 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."
Trojans named to the Pac-12 All-Academic second team were junior Crispin Collins (3.52, History), redshirt sophomore Beau Falgout (3.52, Social Sciences), junior Joseph Laetsch (3.70, Business Management, Marketing & Related Support Services), sophomore Kevin Schwindt (3.64, Engineering) and senior Josh Tennefoss (3.67, Mathematics).
Men being named Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention were sophomore Doug Bogie, redshirt junior Tim Kessler, senior James Leckie and junior Tyler Ruiz.
Weiss was the only first-teamer for the women, which also had three athletes named to the second team and 11 named honorable mention. USC's four female athletes selected to the first or second team were tied for the fourth-best in the conference. The sophomore pole vaulter Weiss has a 3.97 GPA in Neuroscience and English.
USC women named to the Pac-12 All-Academic second team were redshirt senior Tamara Baumann (3.74, Communications), sophomore Jackie Dion (3.90, Human Development & Aging) and junior Caroline Lutzky (3.74, Kinesiology).
Trojan women named Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention were redshirt junior Candace Bailey, redshirt junior Farren Benjamin, junior Alexis Brown, sophomore Anna Burger, redshirt senior Kristine Busa, sophomore Stephanie Hoffer, junior Jennifer Jones, redshirt senior Jade Niemeyer, junior Kelly Owen, sophomore Jenna Puterbaugh and sophomore Natalia Williams.