University of Minnesota gymnast Aaron Fortunato has earned Big Ten Conference Gymnast of the Week recognition. Fortunato shares this week's honor with Michigan's Thomas Kelley.
Fortunato, a senior from Bedford, Ohio, picked up his first Big Ten Gymnast of the Week award and the first for the Gophers since Jake Lee was honored back on March 28, 2007.
Fortunato tallied three first-place finishes, including the all-around title, in No. 10 Minnesota's triangular victory against Washington and No. 16 Arizona State on Saturday. The senior won the all-around title with a score of 85.000 and scored event wins on high bar (15.050) and pommel horse (13.950). He finished third in the floor exercise (14.500), fourth on still rings (13.700), fifth on vault (15.100) and seventh on parallel bars (12.700).
Kelley recorded four top-five finishes in No. 3 Michigan's victory against No. 6 Penn State over the weekend. Kelley won two events - the still rings with a score of 15.200 and the high bar with a score of 14.700.
The University of Minnesota men's gymnastics team is back in action at the Sports Pavilion this weekend. The Gopher host Nebraska, Air Force and Calgary in a 7 p.m. meet Saturday.