2016 Nissen-Emery Award

Since 1966, college gymnastics’ highest honor, the Nissen Award, has been presented annually to that year’s outstanding senior collegiate gymnast. The Nissen-Emery Award does not only honor the collegiate senior gymnast who has established an outstanding record of achievement during his college career. More than simply an award for gymnastics excellence, the winner must also meet these requirements:

  • He must be an example of good sportsmanship and fair play…a champion in defeat as well as in victory.
  • He must maintain a high standard of scholarship throughout his college career.

The “Heisman Trophy” of gymnastics, the Nissen-Emery Award is inscribed with the following motto:
“The true champion seeks excellence physically, mentally, socially, and morally.”

Voting is by invitation only and extended to Coaches, Team Captains, Conference Championship Judges, and CGA Honorary Lifetime Members who will receive their invitations by email.

2016 Finalists:

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    NAME: Ethan Lottman
    SCHOOL: University of Nebraska
    MAJOR: Art
    GRADUATE STUDIES: Communication, Journalism
    GPA: (UG) 3.908

    Honors & Awards

    1. 2015 Elite 89 Award Winner
    2. 2015 Second‐Team CoSIDA Academic All‐American
    3. Nebraska Student‐Athlete HERO Leadership Award (2015)
    4. Holds school record on pommel horse (15.55)
    5. Individual Title (Pommel Horse, 1/23/16)
    6. 2016 Big‐Ten Gymnast to Watch
    7. 2015 NCAA Team Qualifier Competitor (Pommel Horse)
    8. 2015 Tom Osborne Citizenship Team Member
    9. 2015 Hartung Award Winner
    10. First‐Team CGA All‐America Scholar‐Athlete (2013, 2014, 2015)
    11. Big Ten Distinguished Scholar (2014, 2015)
    12. Academic All‐Big Ten (2014, 2015)
    13. Nebraska Scholar‐Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2012, 2013, 2014; Spring 2013, 2014, 2015)
    14. Individual Title (Pommel Horse, 1/30/15)
    15. Individual Title (Pommel Horse, 2/7/15)
    16. 2014 NCAA Team Qualifier Competitor (Pommel Horse)
    17. 2013 NCAA Team Qualifier Competitor (Pommel Horse)
    18. Since 2015, Lottman has competed in every meet for Nebraska
    19. Participant in Nebraska’s student‐athlete service trip to Guatemala in the summer of

Ethan Lottman


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NAME: Logan Bradley
SCHOOL: University of Illinois
MAJOR: News-Editorial Journalism
GPA: 3.43

  1. Illinois Team Captain Junior and Senior Seasons
  2. Two-Time Pommel Horse All-American (2014 & 2015)
  3. Two-Time Academic All-Big Ten Honoree (2014 & 2015)
  4. Big Ten Sportsmanship Award Honoree (2013)
  5. NCAA Championships PH Average: 14.382 (7 Routines)
  6. Postseason PH Average: 14.261 (11 Routines)
  7. Career High Scores (as of 2/8/16): Floor Exercise: 14.650, Pommel Horse: 15.350, High Bar: 14.450
  8. Six Career Pommel Horse Scores of 15.00 or Better
  9. Five Career Pommel Horse Titles at Illinois
  10. Volunteer at Dr. Howard Edward Elementary School
  11. Illini Leadership Academy Participant
  12. 100+ Hours of Community Service Logged During Career
  13. Guest Reader at First Congregational United Church of Christ in Naperville
  14. Lone NCAA Men’s Gymnast to Attend 2015 NCAA Career in Sports Forum

Logan Bradley Nissen-Emery


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  • 02/14/2015 Oklahoma vs Michigan men's gymnastics. Photo by Ty Russell
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NAME: Jesse Glenn
SCHOOL: United States Military Academy
MAJOR: Engineering Management
GPA: 3.48

  1. Academy Record Holder : All-Around & High Bar
  2. ECAC Individual Champion : AA (2), V, PB, HB (2)
  3. Dominates Record Book : 38% of Army Record Book
  4. USGA All-American : AA, FX, PH, PB, HB
  5. WPO Individual Champion : Three Straight All Around
  6. AAA Athlete of the Week : Seven-Time Winner
  7. Letterwinner : Three “Major A” Letters

Jesse Glenn Nissen-Emery


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NAME: Kevin Wolting
SCHOOL: University of California Berkeley
MAJOR: History
GPA: 3.196

Best Accomplishments

  1. Wolting, one of two team co-captains during his senior year, had a lot of individual success in his 2015 season. That was no more evident than at the Winter Cup Challenge in Las Vegas in Feb. of 2015, when he placed sixth in the all-around competition to seize a coveted spot on the United States men’s senior national team, alongside another former Bear, Donothan Bailey. It marked the first time in his career that he made the national team.
  2. During his All-American campaign as a junior in 2015, Wolting was a driving force for the California men’s gymnastics program as it returned to the national stage. California returned to the NCAA team finals for the first time since 2012, and made waves with a national fifth place finish in the team competition. Wolting’s individual performances over the three days of the NCAA Championships opened a lot of eyes on the biggest stage. (Read more here).
  3. Wolting had a breakout season in 2015 for the Golden Bears, grabbing three All-American honors along the way. Wolting was an All-Around All-American (finishing fifth with an 88.200), as well as an individual event All-American on floor exercise (tied for sixth overall with a 15.375) and vault (second place finish with a score of 15.075). This helped the Bears to six All-American honors as a team, with Wolting leading the way.
  4. Wolting is one of two senior co-captains on the 2016 Cal team and has exhibited a lot of leadership with this group. He is someone that the younger gymnasts and other fellow teammates look to in many different areas; whether that be on the competition floor, or in the classroom. A history major, Wolting has had a lot of success in the classroom, posting a GPA of 3.196.
  5. Aside from all of his plaudits in competition and in the classroom in Berkeley, Wolting also values giving back to his community through service and public outreach. He has participated in countless community activities during his time on campus, including but not limited to, being a part of a reading partners program for local students, as well as taking part in beach cleanup efforts.

Kevin Wolting Nissen-Emery


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NAME: Brian Knott
SCHOOL: Stanford University
MAJOR: Electrical Engineering
GPA Under Graduate: 3.78 – Graduate 4.0

Best Accomplishments

  1. Reigning NCAA parallel bars champion, has claimed two individual event titles (10 career event titles overall) on the year – has posted scores of 15.000 or higher in both pommel horse and parallel bars three times this season.
  2. Currently holds four of Stanford’s top-10 performances on pommel horse this season and three of Stanford’s top-10 in parallel bars
  3. Has earned four All‐America honors in his career (3 ‐ parallel bars, 1 – pommel horse)
  4. 3‐time All MPSF All‐Academic Team member, 2015 Capital One Academic All‐District Men’s At‐Large Team District 8 selection, 2014 CGA Academic First‐Team All‐American
  5. Has already notched his second‐best career scores in both pommel horse (15.100) and parallel bars (15.300) this season.

Brian Knott Nissen-Emery


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NAME: Kanji Oyama
SCHOOL: University of Oklahoma
MAJOR: Bachelor of Arts and Sciences – Planned Program
GPA: 2.48

Best Accomplishments

  1. 2015 NCAA TEAM CHAMPION Helped lead Oklahoma to its ninth NCAA national championship in 2015. Then a junior, Oyama posted a 15.400 on floor (T8th), a 15.100 on rings (T13th) and a 15.350 on vault (T1st) during the team finals to help push the Sooners to a team mark of 447.050 and the title.
  2. THREE‐TIME ALL‐AMERICAN Oyama earned a pair of All‐America honors in 2015. On the third day of competition at the NCAA Championships, Oyama posted a 15.025 on vault, good for third, and a 15.350 on floor, good for eighth, to take home his second and third career All‐America honors. The Huntington Beach, Calif., native picked up his first career All‐America nod as a freshman in 2013. He posted a 14.700 on floor at the event finals of the 2013 NCAA Championships to finish in sixth place.
  3. TWO‐TIME MPSF VAULT CHAMPION Won the MPSF Championship on vault in 2014 as a sophomore with a 15.300 in the conference championship meet. Oyama defended that title in 2015 as he shared the title with teammate Allan Bower after both scored 15.400 at the 2015 conference championship.
  4. THREE‐TIME GYMNAST OF THE WEEK Oyama’s most recent gymnast of the week honor came Feb. 9 of this season after he posted an all‐around score of 88.600 in the Sooners home meet against No. 6 Nebraska. Oyama posted the meet’s highest score on high bar (14.900), placed second on floor (15.400), third on vault (15.050) and parallel bars (15.050) and fifth on rings (14.450). He picked up his first national gymnast of the week honor on Feb. 20, 2015 after helping the Sooners to a then NCAA record score of 456.400. Oyama scored the highest overall score of his career at 91.000 to take the all‐around. He posted five scores over the 15‐point mark and set four career highs at the meet. His performance also earned him MPSF Gymnast of the Week honors for the week.


    RINGS (1)
    1/30 vs. Iowa/Cal 15.400

    HIGH BAR (1)
    2/6 vs. Nebraska 14.900

    ALL‐AROUND (1)
    2/6 vs. Nebraska 88.600


    FLOOR (1)
    1/24 at Stanford 15.650

    VAULT (3)
    2/27 vs. Illinois 15.600
    3/28 at MPSF Championships 15.400
    4/10 NCAA Team Finals 15.350

    ALL‐AROUND (1)
    2/14 vs. Michigan 91.000


    ALL‐AROUND (1)
    Jan. 18 vs. Air Force 88.550

    FLOOR (2)
    Feb. 1 vs. Iowa 15.300
    Feb. 8 vs. Stanford

    VAULT (2)
    Feb 8 vs. Stanford 15.450
    March 29 at MSPF Championships 15.300

    Jan. 18 vs. 14.800

    Career Highs – FX 15.650, PH 14.950, SR 15.450, V 15.600, PB 15.100, HB 15.200, AA 91.000

Kanji Oyama Nissen-Emery


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NAME: Trevor Howard
SCHOOL: Penn State University
MAJOR: Media
GPA: 2.67

  • 2013 National Champion, Floor Exercise
  • 4th Place All Around, 2015 NCAA Championships
  • 3rd Place, Parallel Bars, 2014 NCAA Championships
  • 2014 & 2015 BIG Ten Ring Champion
  • 3 Time CGA All American (2015 All Around, 2014 PB, 2013 FX)
  • 8 Time NCAA Individual Event Finalist
  • 2013 BIG Ten Freshman of the year
  • 2015 BIG Ten Sportsmanship Award Winner
  • 1st Team All BIG Ten for 2014 and 2015
  • 8 Time BIG Ten Freshman of the Week (BIG 10 Conference Record)
  • Career Bests – All Around: 88.500 @ NCAA Championships, FX 15.800, PH 13.300, SR 16.250 @ 2015 NCAA’s, V 15.400, PB 15.650, HB 14.600

Trevor Howard Nissen-Emery


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NAME: Jack Boyle
SCHOOL: University of Iowa
GPA: 3.23

Best Accomplishments

  1. Led the Hawkeyes to two NCAA team finals
  2. 2016 team co‐captain currently ranked 1st on High Bar
  3. Qualified for the 2016 Winter Cup finals
  4. 2015 All‐American on High Bar (6th)
  5. 2015 B1G Rings finalist (6th)
  6. 2015 All‐America Scholar Athlete
  7. 2015 Dean’s List honoree
  8. 2015 B1G Gymnast of the Week honoree
  9. 2014 & 2015 Academic All‐B1G honoree
  10. 2014 NCAA Championships finished 10th AA
  11. Competed in every meet his freshmen, sophomore and junior year
  12. Personal bests: FX: 15.0, PH: 14.1, R: 15.6, V: 14.45, PB: 15.0, HB: 15.3 (school record)
    AA: 86.7 (school record)
  13. Served as our ISAAC representative (student‐athlete advisory committee)

Jack embodies the physical and mental excellence of the Nissen‐Emery award. An unmitigated work ethic has defined every aspect of Jack’s improvement over his collegiate career. He leads by example
and has had an intangible impact on the success of the team culture at the University of Iowa. Jack has been a consummate leader, successfully balancing a demanding major with perpetual improvement
year over year. As Jack concludes his NCAA career at the University of Iowa, I strongly believe he is deserving of this nomination and what the award stands for.

Craig Hernandez Nissen-Emery