April 30, 2013
The Golden Gopher men’s gymnastics team held its annual season-ending banquet at TCF Bank Stadium on Tuesday. The event marked the end of the 2012-13 season, which culminated with an appearance at the NCAA Championships. Head coach Mike Burns and assistant coaches Russ Fystrom and Kostya Kolesnikov honored the student-athletes with this season’s team awards.
Sophomore Sean Bauer was named Most Conscientious, while Paul Montague was awarded with the Spirit of Gopher Gymnastics Award. Montague was joined by Jack Metcalf, who was named the Rookie of the Year.
Junior Justin Morinishi brought home the Coaches Appreciation Award. For his accomplishments in the gym and in the classroom, Nate Fortunato was recognized with the team’s Academic Excellence Award and the NCAA Elite 89 Award.
The Most Improved Competitor Award went to Matt Frey, who recorded new career highs on the vault, Parallel Bars and floor. Josh Wokurka was named the Most Tenacious Gymnast after competing in all six events this season.
Following his second place finish on the Pommel Horse at the NCAA National Championships and being named an All-American, sophomore Ellis Mannon garnered the Outstanding Accomplishment Award.
Steve Jaciuk was honored by his teammates by being voted the Most Valuable Gymnast. The athletes and coaches also voted Jaciuk as the team’s lone captain for the 2013-14 season, which will see the return of all of the athletes with the exception of two. Adam LaFleur exhausted his eligibility this year and Harris Coleman will not return to the team for a fifth year next season.
Duran, Kan Selected for World University Games
Golden Gopher teammates Tristan Duran and Vitali Kan will be a part of Team USA at the World University Games this August in Taipei, Taiwan.
Gophers Place Fifth at NCAA Championships
Minnesota earned its first top-five finish at the NCAA Championships since 2002, after scoring a 414.200 on Saturday night.
Gophers Advance to Second-Straight NCAA Finals
Minnesota has advanced to team finals at the NCAA Championships for the second-straight year after scoring a 420.100 in the preliminary session.