For the second year in a row, gymnast Nathan Fortunato posted an unblemished 4.0 GPA.
Minnesota concluded the Championships with 378 team points .
The Gophers qualified six swimmers for the Saturday night's finals
The Gophers qualified seven swimmers to Friday night's finals
Minnesota has 247 team points heading into Saturday's finals
2013-14 Junior Season:Finished 13th in the 200 Fly, 31st in the 500 Free, 16th in the 200 Fly and 10th in the 400 IM at the B1G Championships (2/26-3/1) At the 2014 Minnesota Challenge Brandon placed 7th in the 100 Breast and 4th in the 200 Free (2/7-2/8) Finished 3rd in the 200 Fly, 3rd in the 200 IM, 2nd in the 400 IM, 2nd in the 500 Free and 3rd in the 800 Free Relay (1/31-2/1) Placed 1st in the 400 IM, 2nd in the 1000 Free, and 3rd in the 200 IM vs. NC State (1/24-1/25) Finished 2nd in the 200 Back, 2nd in the 200 Free 8th in the 100 Free, 6th in the 100 Fly and 3rd in the 400 Free Relay at the Jean Freeman Invite (12/6-12/7) At the 2013 Grand Prix, he finished 7th in the 400 IM, 8th in the 200 Fly, 23rd in the 500 Free and 2nd in the 800 Free Relay (11/14-11/16) Placed 2nd in the 200 Free, 6th in the 200 Breast and 2nd in the 400 IM vs. Iowa (11/1) Against Wisconsin, he finished 2nd in the 200 IM, 2nd in the 200 Fly, 1st in the 400 IM, and 5th in the 400 Free Relay (10/18-10/19) Placed 5th in the 400 Medley Relay, 5th in the 200 Fly and 2nd in the 400 IM vs. Florida (10/12) Opened up the season placing 3rd in the 200 Medley Relay and 5th in the 200 Fly against Arizona State (10/5).
2012-13 Sophomore Season: Had three top times at the Big Ten Championships in the 200 fly, 200 IM, and the 400 IM (2/27-3/1) received third in the 200 free at the MN Challenge (2/8) had three second-places finishes in the 200 fly, 200 IM, and 400 IM at the triple duals in Wisconsin (2/1-2) completed with a second-place spot in the 200 free in the North Dakota victory (1/25) in the Hawaii dual he took second in the 1000 free (1/12) earned a top time in the 200 free with a second-place finish at the Jean Freeman Invitational (11/30/12) finished third in the 200 IM at the Grand Prix (11/10/12) claimed fourth in the 200 fly and had a first-place win in the 200 IM against the Iowa dual (11/2/12) took second in both the 200 fly and 400 IM while also earning fifth in the 200 medley relay against Wisconsin (10/26/12) placed fourth in both the 200 and 100 fly at Michigan (10/5).
2011-12 Freshman Season: Competed at the Big Ten Championships established three top times in the 200 IM, 400 IM and 200 fly placed 21st in the 400 IM (3:55.88) also placed 21st in the 200 fly (1:48.68) finished 35th in the 200 IM (1:51.33) performed strong at the Minnesota Challenge won the 200 fly won the 400 IM came in second in the 200 IM letterwinner.
High School: A 2011 graduate of Loveland High School swam for Loveland Swim Club under Jim Nickell placed third at State in the 200 IM competed in the 100 butterfly at the State meet as senior & 500 freestyle as sophomore and freshman earned CHSAA All-American honors competed at the men's Junior Nationals in the 200 butterfly, 200 IM and 400 IM
Personal: Majoring in accounting son of Steve and Lori Hatanka enjoys biking, snowboarding, water skiing, and wake surfing most memorable sports thrill was competing at the Olympic Trials with his club team (Loveland Swim Club).
Hantanka's Top Times:
200 fly 1:45.97 (2/27-3/1/13)
200 free 1:40.44 (11/1/13)
200 IM 1:48.36 (2/27-3/1/13)
400 IM 3:47.45 (2/27-3/1/13)
US Nationals Start on Tuesday
Eleven Golden Gophers, including several program record holders, will compete in Indianapolis this week.
Gophers Receive CSCAA Scholar All-America Recognition
Both the men's and women's teams earned academic distinction from the coaches association.
Former swim coach Eckelkamp Passes Away
Gopher Athletics is saddened to learn that former assistant men's swimming and diving coach Steve Eckelkamp has passed away at his home on June 10, in Mount Juliet, Tenn.