Sanchez, Soni Win Pac-10 Medals
June 10, 2009
USC quarterback Mark Sanchez and swimmer Rebecca Soni were today named 2008-09 Pacific-10 Tom Hansen Conference Medal winners.
Sanchez led USC to its seventh consecutive Pac-10 title and BCS bowl appearance, and was named Offensive MVP of the 2009 Rose Bowl. Soni won a gold medal and a pair of silvers at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, then captured a pair of NCAA titles at the 2009 NCAA meet.
A Conference Medal is awarded annually to each member institution's outstanding senior male and female student-athlete based on the exhibition of the greatest combination of performance and achievement in scholarship, athletics and leadership.
The Pac-10 recently renamed the award the Tom Hansen Conference Medal in honor of Hansen, who is retiring at the end of June after serving 26 years as Commissioner of the Pac-10.
The Tom Hansen Conference Medal winners will be honored at the State Farm Pride of the Pac-10 Breakfast held in Los Angeles in conjunction with the Pac-10 Men's and Women's Basketball Tournaments next March.
Following are the 2008-09 award winners:
Arizona--Craig Sheedy, Diving; Lara Jackson, Swimming
Arizona State--Jeff Pendergraph, Basketball; Kaitlin Cochran, Softball
California--Alex Mack, Football; Dana Vollmer, Swimming
Oregon--Galen Rupp, Track & Field; Anna Poponyak, Lacrosse
Oregon State--Andy Levitre, Football; Saori Haruguchi, Swimming
Stanford--Sho Nakamori, Gymnastics; Foluke Akinradewo, Volleyball
UCLA--Michael Look, Tennis; Jade Machado, Volleyball
USC--Mark Sanchez, Football; Rebecca Soni, Swimming
Washington--Jon Brockman, Basketball; Ashley Charters, Softball
Washington State--Taylor Rochestie, Basketball; Sara Trane, Track & Field