For the second year in a row, gymnast Nathan Fortunato posted an unblemished 4.0 GPA.
The Gophers qualified seven swimmers to Friday night's finals
Minnesota has 247 team points heading into Saturday's finals
Minnesota sits in fourth with 54 team points
Minnesota will open competition at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center on Wednesday night.
2013-14 Senior Season:Competed in the 2014 Big Ten Men's Swimming and Diving Championships (2/26-3/1) During the 2014 Minnesota Challenge, his 400 medley relay placed second and seventh in the 100 fly (2/7-2/8) Against NC State Whitaker's 200 medley relay team finished fourth, and his 200 free relay finished fifth (1/24-1/25) At the 2013 Jean Freeman Invite, his 200 free relay finished sixth, tenth in the 50 free, third in the 100 back, and ninth in the 100 fly (12/6-12/7) 200 medley relay took third against Arizona State (10/5)
2012-13 Junior Season: Earned 27.5 total points for the team in season dual meets had10.5 points scored during the Big Ten Championships established a personal top time during the Big Ten Championships in the 100 fly letter winner placed sixth at the Big Ten Championships in the 200 medley relay and also competed in the 50 free, 100 fly and 100 back as a member of the 200 medley relay team, he placed seond against Wisconsin (10/26/12) competed in the 100 back, 100 fly and was a member of both the 200 medley relay and 400 free relay teams at Michigan (10/5).
2011-12 Sophomore Season: Established top times in the 100 fly and 50 free at the Big Ten Championships placed 22nd in the 100 fly with a time of 49.26 (prelims-48.78) finished 38th in the 100 back (51.03) finished in 60th in the 50 free (21.12) placed in four events at the Minnesota Challenge earned the runner-up spot in the 100 fly placed fourth in the 100 back finished eighth in the 50 free gained a top time placing 10th in the 100 free (46.34) letter winner.
2010-11 Freshman Season: Won the 100 back at the Minnesota Challenge swam his top times in the 100 fly and both back races at the Spring Speedo Championships.
High School: A 2010 graduate of St. Charles Preparatory School high school coaches were Kyle Goodrich and Geoff Gear three-time Ohio State High School champion in 2009, winning the 100 back and 100 fly and swimming on the 200 medley relay squad finished second in the 100 fly and third in the 100 back in 2010 qualified for U.S. Junior Nationals as a member of the Greater Columbus Swim Team three-time Columbus Catholic Diocese champion all-state and NISCA All-American three years Agonic Club Athlete of the Year Scholar Athlete honor roll student also lettered in water polo and football.
Personal: Born July 5, 1991 son of Bob and Holly Whitaker majoring in mathmatics.
Whitaker's Top Times:
50 free 21.12 2/24/12
100 free 46.34 2/4/12
100 fly 48.27 B1G Championships 2013
100 back 50.05 3/10/11
200 back 1:52.76 3/10/11
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.
LeBlang Takes Learned Leadership to Next Season
Junior diver Alan LeBlang discusses his leadership role for the upcoming season with GopherSports.com.