April 9, 2014
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.
Gophers Prepare For Major Competitions
The Gophers will be represented at the World University Games and the P&G Championships at the end of August.
Meet Assistant Coach Jordan Valdez
Last week the Gophers announced the addition of Jordan Valdez to the men's gymnastics coaching staff.
Gophers Hire Valdez As Assistant Coach
The University of Minnesota has hired Jordan Valdez as the latest member of their coaching staff, head coach Mike Burns announced Friday.