For the second year in a row, gymnast Nathan Fortunato posted an unblemished 4.0 GPA.
Student-athletes must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA and be in their second academic year at an institution to earn the honor.
Minnesota sits in first with 573.5 points and eight Big Ten titles
The Gophers will send 16 women to the finals
Competition continues Saturday at 11am and 6pm
Women's Big Ten Swimming
2013-14 Junior Season:Placed 42ndin the 100 free(50.78), 9th in the 100 breast (1:01.41), and 19th in the 50 free (23.01) atthe 2014 Big Ten Championships (2/22) Placed 16th in the 200 free (1:59.49) at the Minnesota Challenge (2/8) Placed 10th in the 200 breast (2:24.95) and 7th in the 100 breast (1:05.94) vs. Purdue (01/31-02/1) Finished the 50 free with a time of 24.22, placed 8th in the 100 free (53.40), and placed 7th in the 100 breast (1:08.29) vs. NC State (1/24) Completed the 100 free with a time of 52.87, placed 21st in the 100 butterfly (1:00.76), placed 21st in the 100 backstroke (1:03.27), placed 4th in the 50 free (24.09), and placed 6th in the 500 free (5:14.72) at the Jean Freeman Invitational Placed 1st in the 100 free (50.91) at the Minnesota Grand Pix.
2012-13 Sophomore Season: Placed 15th in the 100 breast (1:02.72) and 19th in the 50 free with a personal-best time of 22.99 at the 2013 Big Ten Championships (2/20) also established a personal-best time in the 100 breast (1:02.17) in the preliminaries of the event placed first as a member of the 400 medley relay (3:50.63) and 200 free relay (1:33.53) at the Minnesota Challenge (2/8) finished 13th in both the 100 free and 100 breast at the Big Ten Quad Duals (2/1) posted a fourth-place finish in the 50 free vs. North Dakota (1/25) won the title in the 50 free (23.92) and as a member of the 200 medley relay (1:46.77) at the Jean Freeman Invite (11/30) member of the 200 free relay team that placed second at Kansas (10/20) also placed fourth in the 50 free vs. the Jayhawks claimed first-place honors in the 100 free (52.71) and third-place honors in the 50 free (24.13) and as a member of the 400 free relay vs. Iowa State (10/12) finished fourth with the 400 free relay at Michigan (10/5) earned second varsity letter.
2011-12 Freshman Season: Finished 18th in the 100 freestyle with a personal-best time of 50.11 at the Big Ten Championships also posted personal-best times of 1:02.59 in the 100 breaststroke, good for 15th overall, and the 50 free in the preliminaries finished third as a member of the 200 medley relay and placed eighth in the 100 breaststroke at the Minnesota Challenge (2/3-4) helped her 200 free relay team place fifth at the Quad Duals (1/27-28) competed in four events at Missouri (1/14) placed second with the 200 free relay team, fifth in the 50 free and seventh in the 100 free at Hawaii (12/31) competed in the 100-meter breaststroke at the Minnesota Grand Prix (11/11-13) member of the 400 freestyle relay (3:32.76) and the 200 medley relay (1:47.02) teams that placed third vs. Kansas (10/21) finished third in the 200 medley relay (1:50.23) and the 50 freestyle (24.76) at Iowa State (10/15) placed third as a member of the 200 freestyle relay (1:36.04) team in the Michigan dual (10/8) earned first varsity letter.
High School: A 2011 honor roll graduate of Kennedy Secondary high school coach was Tom Uvaas swam for Fergus Falls Flyers and Twin Cities Swim Team 100 freestyle state champion in 2009 and 2010 state runner-up in 50 freestyle in 2009 and 2010 all-state selection from 2007-10 NISCA All-American voted most improved and hardest worker by her team.
Personal: Born August 26, 1992 daughter of Julie and Dave Busack has two older siblings Kyle (28) and Stacy (24) Busack Stacy was a four-year letter winner and All-American for the Gophers swimming and diving team major is criminal justice.
Busack's Top Times
Year - Event - Time
2013 - 50 free - 22.99
2012 - 100 free - 50.11
2013 - 100 breast - 1:02.17
2013 - 200 Breast - 2:27.78
2013 - 100 back - 1:02.43
Training Change Pays off for Waddell
The South Dakota native became Minnesota's third Big Ten Freshman of the Year after a prolific conference meet.
Gophers Fourth at B1G as Zhou, Waddell Honored
Minnesota placed fourth at the conference meet and claimed the Big Ten Diver of the Championships and Freshman of the Year awards.
Saturday B1G Prelims
Minnesota will have competitors in every "A" final of the conference meet's last session.