Chase, Fortunato Honored at NCAA Banquet

Go Gophers! Senior Nathan Fortunato and head coach Mike Burns
Go Gophers!
Senior Nathan Fortunato and head coach Mike Burns
Go Gophers!

April 9, 2014

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Minnesota seniors Zack Chase and Nathan Fortunato were among the NCAA men's gymnasts honored at the pre-NCAA championships banquet held Wednesday evening.

Chase was honored as one of the nine finalists for the prestigious 2014 Nissen-Emery Award, given annually to the nation's outstanding senior gymnast. Three Gophers have received the award since 1966 including Tim LaFleur (1978), John Roethlisberger (1993) and most recently, Guillermo Alvarez (2005). Michigan's Sam Mikulak took home this year's award.

Fortunato received the 2014 Elite 89 Award, which honors the student-athlete who has reached the pinnacle of competition at the national championship level in his or her sport, while also achieving the highest academic standard among his or her peers.

A Resource Recreation Management major with a 4.00 grade point average, Fortunato received the award for the second-straight year. The Bedford, Ohio, native is a two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree as well.

The Gophers are in Ann Arbor, Mich., this weekend to compete at the 2014 National Collegiate Men’s Gymnastics National Championships. Two national qualifying sessions are scheduled for Thursday, with the Gophers competing in the second session at 6 p.m. CT at Michigan's Crisler Center.

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