Illinois' Luke Stannard, Iowa's Jon Buese, Michigan's David Chan, and Minnesota's Aaron Fortunato were listed among the eight finalists for the award, which is presented annually to the student-athlete who best exemplifies gymnastics through excellence, good sportsmanship, and strong academic standing. The award presentation will be held at the NCAA Championships.
College gymnastics coaches, student athletes and accredited college gymnastics judges all across the nation are requested each year to submit nominations for the award. Gymnasts receiving the highest number of nominations are then placed on a final ballot and voted upon by those same coaches, athletes and judges.
Last year, Penn State's Casey Sandy was named the winner of the Nissen-Emery Award.