Schluntz Named Toyo Tires Honoree

May 10, 2010

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - University of Arizona swimmer Justine Schluntz was named the Pac-10 Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year presented by Toyo Tires ® for women's swimming and diving. She was among six student-athletes honored as part of the Conference's winter sports honorees. 


Schluntz, a graduate student with a 4.0 in mechanical engineering, earned seven All-America honors and two NCAA titles for Arizona at the NCAA Championships in March in West Lafayette, Ind.  Throughout her career, Schluntz was a part of, and still holds two American and NCAA records swimming on relays, achieved 16 All-America honors and swam on Arizona's 2008 team national championship.


This honor accompanies several other terrific academic accomplishments for the Albuquerque, N.M. native.  In November, Schluntz was awarded a Rhodes scholarship and plans to study fluid dynamics next year in Oxford.  She was also a finalist for the Walter Byers Scholarship, handed out annually to the NCAA's top scholar-athlete.


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.

'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.'

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.

'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.'

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.

Pac-10 Winter Scholar-Athletes of the Year presented by Toyo Tires

Justine Schluntz, Arizona - Women's swimming, 4.00 - mechanical engineering

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

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