Poldma and Mezger Named 2011 Spring Scholar-Athletes of the Year
    USC's Chris Mezger
    USC's Chris Mezger

    June 24, 2011

    Jaak Poldma of the men's tennis team and Chris Mezger of the baseball team were named 2011 Pac-10 Spring Scholar-Athletes of the Year, presented by Toyo Tires® , Friday (June 24).

    Poldma, the Trojans' 2011 co-captain, graduated from USC this spring with degrees in communications and political science. He was a 2011 Pac-10 All-Academic first team selection with a 3.65 GPA and earned second team notice in 2010 and honorable mention honors in 2009.

    Mezger, also a 2011 Pac-10 Conference All-Academic selection with a 3.78 GPA, graduated from USC this spring with a degree in linguistics.

    In order to be eligible for the Pac-10 Scholar-Athlete of the Year award, student-athletes must be a senior (in athletics eligibility) on track to receive a degree, have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher, participate in at least 50% of the scheduled contests in the sport and have a minimum of one year in residence at the institution. Each Pac-10 institution may nominate one individual per sport, and the winners are selected by a committee of Pac-10 staff members at the conclusion of each sport's regular season. The athletic accomplishments of the nominees are a consideration in the voting for the award.

    A Scholar-Athlete of the Year will be named in each of the Pac-10's 22 sponsored sports: baseball, men's basketball, women's basketball, men's cross country, women's cross country, football, men's golf, women's golf, women's gymnastics, men's rowing, women's rowing, men's soccer, women's soccer, softball, men's swimming & diving, women's swimming & diving, men's tennis, women's tennis, men's track & field, women's track & field, women's volleyball, and wrestling.

    Scholar-Athletes of the Year in each sport will receive a commemorative award. Toyo® will donate $1,000 to the scholarship funds of the institution's athletic department of each winner in recognition of their accomplishments.

    The Pac-10 Conference, in cooperation with Pac-10 corporate partner Toyo Tires, established the "Pac-10 Scholar-Athlete of the Year Awards, presented by Toyo Tires" during the 2007-08 academic year.

    The Pac-10 Scholar-Athletes for spring include:

    Chris Mezger, USC - Baseball, 3.78 - linguistics
    Jack Dukeminier, Oregon - Men's golf, 4.03 UG/3.88 grad - general business
    Pia Halbig, California - Women's golf, 3.67 - media studies
    Alex Syverson, Stanford - Men's rowing, 3.70 - economics
    Erika Roddy, Stanford - Women's rowing, 3.83 - human biology
    Jaak Poldma, USC - Men's tennis, 3.65 - communications & political science
    Venise Chan, Washington - Women's tennis, 3.63 - business administration/marketing
    Elliott Heath, Stanford - Men's track & field, 3.58 - mechanical engineering
    Kate Niehaus, Stanford - Women's track & field, 4.05 - bioengineering
    Lesley Rogers, Arizona State - Softball, 3.80 - sociology

    Check out Jordan Moore's profiles on both Poldma and Mezger.