Aug. 7, 2012
Eleven members of the University of Minnesota men’s gymnastics team were recently honored as 2012 All-America Scholar Athletes by the Collegiate Gymnastics Association. Additionally, the Gophers placed third overall in the National Academic Team standings with a combined grade-point average of 3.209.
Five of the 73 first team All-American scholar athletes were Golden Gophers, including seniors DJ Repp and Russell Dabritz, who each earned their fourth such honor. Sophomore Adam Kern was honored for the second time, while freshmen Sean Bauer and Spencer Smith were also recognized. To be a first-team honoree, gymnasts must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.50 or higher.
Six Gophers were named to the second team. Seniors Ross Cameratta and Travis Heaver, junior Josh Wokurka and sophomores Justin Morinishi, John Scallon and Steffen Beck were all honored. It was the fourth consecutive year that Heaver was named to the All-America Scholar Athlete team, while Cameratta, Morinishi and Wokurka have all been named to a team twice. Scallon and Beck were first-time honorees. In order to be named a second-team honoree, gymnasts must have maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.20-3.49.
“It's a great honor to win the Bronze Medal in the Academic Team Championships this year,” said head coach Mike Burns. “The academic success of our student-athletes is a big priority with our program here at Minnesota and to finish third in the nation is a great accomplishment. Our academic support people over at the MAC deserve a lot of credit, especially Alissa Allen, but my hat goes off to our athletes for the hard work they put in in the classroom every day.”
The 11 honorees is the second most in school history, surpassed only by the 12 All-American scholar athletes that were named to last year’s team. Eight of the eleven members will return to compete for the Gophers in 2013.