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 qualified 14 swimmers to the finals Saturday night
Minnesota sits in first with 573.5 points and eight Big Ten titles
The Gophers will send 16 women to the finals
2012-13 Senior Season: Finished 11th in the 100 fly (54.36) and 12th in the 200 fly (2:00.24) at the 2013 Big Ten Championships (2/20) also notched a personal-best time of 1:59.39 in the 200 fly preliminaries at the event finished fourth with the 200 medley relay team at the Minnesota Challenge (2/8) notched a second-place finish in the 200 fly and a fourth-place finish in the 100 fly vs. North Dakota (1/25) won the 100 fly and placed second with the 200 medley relay team at the Jean Freeman Invite (11/30) placed first in the 200 fly, third in the 100 fly and third in the 200 medley relay vs. Iowa (11/2) finished second in the 200 fly vs. Wisconsin (10/26) won both the 100 fly and 200 fly at Kansas (10/20) placed second in the 100 fly (56.69), 200 fly (2:03.26) and 200 medley relay against Iowa State (10/12) placed third in the 100 fly, fourth in the 200 fly and was a member of the 200 medley relay at Michigan (10/5) Academic All-Big Ten
2011-12 Junior Season: Posted a second-place finish in the 100 butterfly at Iowa (11/4) won the title in the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:04.35 and placed third in the 100 butterfly at Wisconsin (10/28) had two second-place finishes and a third place finish vs. Kansas (10/21) posted a pair of third-place finishes vs. Michigan (10/7-8)
2010-11 Sophomore Season: Finished 17th in the 100 yard butterfly at the Big Ten Championships (54.51) finished tenth in the 200 IM at the Minnesota Challenge runner-up in the 200 butterfly at Wisconsin dual with a time of 2:03.90, and finished third in the 100 butterfly (10/29) won the 200 butterfly at the Michigan State dual while setting a meet record with a time of 2:05.04 (10/9) Academic All-Big Ten honoree earned second varsity letter.
2009-10 Freshman Season: Earned her first varsity letter after competing at the Big Ten Championships held the team's fourth-best time in the 100 and 200 fly events kicked off her Gopher career with a second-place finish in the 200 fly and fifth in the 100 fly in the dual against Wisconsin (10/30) earned her first career victory in the 200 fly against Iowa (11/6) finished 10th overall in the 100 fly and sixth in the 200 fly at the Minnesota Grand Prix (11/14) placed sixth at the OSU Invite with a then career-best 100 fly time of 55.48 added a career-best time of 2:00.94 and fourth overall in the 200 fly swam the 100 and 200 fly events at the Quad Duals and finished ninth and 11th respectively earned career-best times at the Big Ten Championships when she chipped in a personal-best 54.99 in the 100 fly won the Big Ten B Final with her career-best 100 fly time and helped the Gophers to nine points at the conference tournament.
High School: A 2009 graduate of Edina High School competed with Edina High School under head coach Jeff Mace and with the Edina Swim Club under Jeff Rodriguez a 16-time club state champion seven-time NISCA All-American all-state and all-conference honoree four-straight years 2008 and 2009 Minnesota High School Swimmer of the Year nominee four-time Edina Swim Club's most valuable swimmer holds the Edina Swim Club's record in the 100 and 200 fly member of a five-time conference championship team and two-time state runner-up teams helped the Hornets to a state championship in 2005 Class AA state recordholder with the 200 medley relay a six-time participant of the Speedo Champions Series placed second in the 100 fly and third in the 200 fly at the 2008 Speedo series a six-time participant of the Junior Nationals placed 20th in the 200 fly at the 2008 Senior Nationals enters her college career with top times of 55.45 in the 100 fly and 2:01.70 in the 200 fly outstanding student graduated with 4.0 grade point average and was top 10 percent in her class enters the U of M with the honors program earned the AP Scholar of Distinction earned the 2008 Adam Smith Award in Economics from her high school and was a nominee of the Congressional Youth Leadership Council competed at the Speedo Champion Series in July.
PERSONAL: Born November 26, 1990 majoring in biomedical engineering daughter of Phil and Michelle Colton high school teammate of former Gopher swimmers Andrea Hanson and Megan Braun father, Phil, swam at St. Lawerence.
|Colton's Top Times|
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.