Poldma and Mezger Named 2011 Spring Scholar-Athletes of the Year

    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.