Two Gopher seniors were recognized at the pre-NCAA championships banquet
Minnesota competes at 6 p.m. CT Thursday in the national qualifier
Nine Gophers are repeat Academic All-Big Ten honorees this season
Minnesota competes at Nebraska at 4 p.m. CT Saturday
Minnesota passes Iowa and Brockport to earn victory and honor eight seniors
Gophers take on Air Force
2014 Senior Season: NCAA Elite 89 Award winner Academic All-Big Ten honoree competed on parallel bars (12.350) at the NCAA Qualifier (4/10) competed on parallel bars (13.700) and stuck his dismount at the Big Ten team finals (3/29) competed on parallel bars in seven meets and made two appearances on pommel horse scored career-high 13.400 on pommel horse at season-opening Windy City Invitational (1/18) tied career high on parallel bars with 13.950 at Air Force meet (2/8) shared Louis J. Cooke Award at Iowa/Brockport meet with fellow seniors (3/8).
2013 Junior Season: Named Academic All-Big Ten scored season bests on pommel horse (12.850) and parallel bars (13.950) against Air Force (1/26) received team's Academic Excellence Award and NCAA Elite 89 Award took 10th on parallel bars at Iowa (2/8) took 13th on bars with a score of 12.100 against UIC (2/24) earned first varsity letter.
2012 Sophomore Season: Did not see any meet action.
2011 Freshman Season: Did not see any meet action.
High School/Club: Was a home-schooled student placed second in 2010 Ohio state meet participated in Junior Olympic Nationals qualifier in 2009 club member of Gymnastics World of Ohio recipient of the Royal Ranger GMA award.
Personal: Born June 13, 1991 brother of former Gopher gymnast Aaron Fortunato son of Patrick and Marcia Fortunato academic all-American enjoys reading, swimming, singing and sparring Recreation Resource Management major Student-Athlete Advisory Committee member has volunteered with Hope Day Festival, Men's Basketball/Hockey Food Drives and Hope Lodge Cancer Center involved with Fellowship of Christian Athletes.