March 19, 2012
University of Minnesota gymnast DJ Repp has been named a finalist for the 2012 Nissen-Emery Award. Six gymnasts were selected as finalists.
The Nissen-Emery Award is college gymnastics' highest honor and is presented annually to the nation's outstanding senior collegiate gymnast. The award honors the gymnast who has established an outstanding record of achievement during his college career in gymnastics, academics, and sportsmanship.
Comparable to football's Heisman Trophy, the Nissen-Emery Award is inscribed with the motto, "The true champion seeks excellence physically, mentally, socially, and morally."
Repp, a senior from Albuquerque, New Mexico, has certainly been successful in both gymnastics and academics during his college career.
As a freshman, Repp finished sixth on the vault at the 2009 NCAA Championships, earning him All-American honors. In 2011 he finished in the top six in the all-around competition at the Big Ten Championships and was named to the First Team All-Big Ten. Repp was also selected as a 2011 Big Ten Distinguished Scholar Athlete. He is a three-time CGA First Team Academic All-American (2009, 2010, 2011) and has received Academic All-Big Ten honors twice (2010, 2011).
Repp is part of University's Inter-College Program, majoring in Health and Wellness with a specialty in Public Health. He has a GPA of 3.692 and is currently in the process of applying to physical therapy schools.
The University of Minnesota has had eight finalists in the award's history since 1966. Three Gopher gymnasts have won the award, most recently being Guillermo Alavarez in 2005.
"It's a real honor to have one of our athlete's nominated as a finalist for the prestigious Nissen-Emery award this year," head coach Mike Burns said. "DJ has been a real asset to our program not only as a gymnast but for his outstanding work in the classroom as well. A true student-athlete, DJ possesses many of the attributes a coach wants to see in his athletes. He is diligent, hardworking, passionate, and he takes care of the business at hand. This nomination is a real tribute to his work ethic and the great family he came from, as well as the great Gopher family he is now a part of."
Voters for the award include college gymnastics coaches, student athletes, and accredited college gymnastics judges across the nation. The winner will be announced at the NCAA Championships in Norman, Oklahoma the weekend of April 19th.