Honors & Awards
- Academic All-Big Ten (2012)
- NCAA Individual Semifinals Competitor (Still Rings, 2012)
- NCAA Team Qualifer Competitor (2011, 2012)
- One Event Title (Still Rings, vs. Arizona State, March 4, 2012)
- Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2011, 2012)
- Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll (Fall 2010)
- Still Rings - 14.80 (vs. Oklahoma/UIC, Feb. 13, 2011)
- Pommel Horse - 13.70 (twice, most recently at NCAA Team Qualifer, April 29, 2012)
A standout both inside and outside of the gym, Donovan Arndt hopes to contend for All-America honors on still rings for the Huskers in 2013.
The junior from Waterford, Wis., is focused on taking one more step up the national ladder after qualifying for the NCAA semifinals on rings in 2012. Arndt also is expected to contend for a regular spot in Nebraska’s pommel horse lineup.
“Donovan is an important member of our team,” Nebraska Coach Chuck Chmelka said. “He comes to the gym ready and prepared to train at his highest level every day. I think our younger guys see that and follow his lead.”
After a standout freshman campaign for the Huskers, Arndt continued to perform at a high level for NU, competing in the still rings and pommel horse throughout the season and reaching the NCAA Individual Semifinals in the still rings competition.
The native of Waterford, Wis. excelled in the still rings competition during the season, scoring above 14.00 on 10 occasions. Arndt was at his best against Iowa on March 24, as well as the Big Ten Championships on April 6, when he scored 14.75 at both meets.
At season’s end, Arndt continued to perform well for the Huskers, scoring a 14.10 in the still rings, as well as a 13.70 on the pommel horse at the NCAA Team Qualifier tournament.
Arndt went on to score a 14.20 at the NCAA Individual Semifinals in his final competition of the season.
Also a standout in the classroom, Arndt was one of eight members of the Husker men’s gymnastics team to earn academic All-Big Ten honors. He also claimed a spot on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in the fall of 2011.
Arndt produced a solid freshman campaign as a still rings specialist for the Huskers in 2011. He scored 12.70 or better on rings in all nine of his competitions during the season, including a career-best 14.80 against Oklahoma and Illinois-Chicago on Feb. 13.
Arndt received four scores of 14.00 or better, and closed the regular season with a 14.50 on rings in Nebraska’s triangular victory over Iowa and Minnesota at the Devaney Center on March 19.
Arndt did not compete at the MPSF Championships, but he did score a 13.30 for the Huskers on rings at the 2011 NCAA Team Qualifier in Columbus, Ohio, on April 14.
Although he only competed on still rings for the Huskers as a freshman, he also trained on pommel horse, vault and floor exercise.
In the classroom, Arndt earned a spot on the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll in the fall of 2010.
Arndt graduated from Muskego (Wis.) High School and was a four-year honor roll selection. As a member of the high school gymnastics team, he was coached by Brad LeClair.
The son of Jeff Arndt and Darlene Reinke, Donavan was born March 2, 1992, in Waukesha, Wis. His step-father is Mark Sobczak. Donovan has a twin brother, Taylor.
An accounting major, Arndt earned academic All-Big Ten honors in 2012, while also claiming a spot on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in the fall of 2011.
He was a Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll selection in the fall of 2010.