April 19, 2012
Senior gymnast DJ Repp was honored as a finalist for the Nissen-Emery Award at last night's 2012 College Gymnastics Association/NCAA Championships Banquet. Repp was named one of six finalists for the prestigious award last month.
The Nissen-Emery Award is considered college gymnastics' highest honor. Since 1996, it has been presented each year to the nation's top senior collegiate gymnast. The award honors the gymnast who has established an outstanding record of achievement during his college career in gymnastics, academic performance, 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." The winner is voted on by college gymnastics coaches, student athletes, and accredited college gymnastics judges across the nation.
"DJ was one of six finalists for the most prestigious award given in the sport of men's gymnastics," head coach Mike Burns said. "While Paul Ruggeri from Illinois ended up winning the award last night, DJ became part of an elite group of finalists for the award."