Pac-10 Announces 2010 Winter Scholar-Athletes of the Year, Presented by Toyo Tires

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May 10, 2010



WALNUT CREEK, Calif.-- The Pacific-10 Conference has named the winter Scholar-Athletes of the Year, presented by Toyo Tires®. These awards have been established to honor collegiate student-athletes that are standouts both academically and in their sports discipline. 

The Pac-10 Scholar-Athletes for winter include:

Jayne Appel, Stanford - Women's basketball, 3.18  - psychology
David Dunford, Stanford - Men's swimming, 3.83 - management science & engineering
Landry Fields, Stanford - Men's basketball, 3.03 - communication
Carly Janiga, Stanford - Women's gymnastics, 3.78 - psychology
Jake Johnson, Stanford - Wrestling, 3.44  - management science & engineering
Justine Schluntz, Arizona - Women's swimming, 4.00 - mechanical engineering

'Toyo is proud to support the Pac-10 and to acknowledge outstanding student-athletes for their efforts,' said Steve Hutchinson, vice president of marketing, Toyo Tire (U.S.A.) Corporation. 'By supporting today's achievers, we feel we are helping to grow tomorrow's leaders.'

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 nominates 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.

'We are proud to honor these outstanding student-athletes in partnership with Toyo Tires®,' said Larry Scott, Commissioner of the Pac-10. “These student-athletes have shown a dedication to their sport and to their academics, and this award honors those achievements. We continue to be appreciative of the relationship with Toyo and helping to recognize these deserving student-athletes and 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 2009-10 academic year.

Other nominees included: 

Men’s Basketball: Roeland Schaftenar, OSU.
Women’s Basketball: Danielle Orsillo, ASU; Lauren Grief, CAL; Micaela Cocks, ORE; Julie Futch, OSU; Erica Tukiainen, UCLA; Sami Whitcomb.
Women’s Gymnastics: Sarah Tomczyk, ARIZ; Kaitlynn Bormann, ASU; Sophia Hocini, CAL; Whitney Watson, OSU.
Men’s Swimming: Jack Brown, ARIZ; James Martin, USC.
Women’s Swimming: Sara McDaniel, ASU; Lauren Boyle, CAL; Lisa Chewning, OSU; Elaine Breeden, STAN; Isabell Fischer, UCLA; Diana Hegazy, USC; Michaela Ahlin, WSU.

Wrestling: No nominees.

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