March 27, 2013
A total of 62 University of Minnesota student-athletes were named to the 2012-13 Winter Academic All-Big Ten teams, league officials announced today.
To be eligible for Academic All-Big Ten selection, student-athletes must be letterwinners in at least their second academic year at their institution and carry a career grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better.
Minnesota's winter Big Ten sports include men's and women's basketball, men's and women's gymnastics, men's and women's swimming and wrestling.
Nine gymnasts, led by recreation resource management major Nathan Fortunato who maintained a perfect 4.0, were named to the team.
Fortunato was joined on the team by Sean Bauer (Sociology of Law, Criminology and Deviance), Nathan Fortunato (Recreation Resource Management), Steve Jaciuk (Economics), Adam Kern (Accounting), Jack Metcalf (Youth Studies), Justin Morinishi (Electrical Engineering), John Scallon (Sociology), Spencer Smith (Sociology of Law, Criminology and Deviance) and Josh Wokurka (Sports Management).
Preview: Gophers set for quad at Stanford
Minnesota will travel this weekend to compete against Stanford, and the National Teams from both Japan and Canada.
Day Two: Winter Cup Challenge
Stephens finished 23rd in the all-around competition, while alum Mannon finished fifth on pommel horse. Incoming freshman Wiskus also competed in the all-around finals, finishing 12th.
Day One: Winter Cup Challenge
Stephens, Wiskus, Mannon advance to the 2017 Winter Cup Challenge finals this Saturday, Feb. 18. in Las Vegas, Nev.