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Donovan Arndt
Position: Still Rings
Height: 5'7"
Weight: 155
Year: Senior
City/State: Waterford, Wis.
High School: Muskego
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Honors & Awards

  • NCAA Individual Semifinals Competitor (Still Rings, 2012)
  • NCAA Team Qualifer Competitor (2011, 2012, 2013)
  • One Event Title (Still Rings, vs. Arizona State, March 4, 2012)
  • Second-Team CGA All-America Scholar-Athlete (2013)
  • Academic All-Big Ten (2012, 2013, 2014)
  • Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2011, 2012, Fall 2013; Spring 2013, 2014)
  • Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll (Fall 2010)     

Career Highs

  • Still Rings - 15.10 (at Rocky Mountain Open, Jan. 11, 2014)
  • Pommel Horse - 13.70 (twice, most recently at NCAA Team Qualifers, April 29, 2012)

2014 (Senior)
In his final season as a Husker, Donovan Arndt helped lead NU by being a steady force in the rings lineup, competing in all but one regular season meet. Arndt posted a career-high score of 15.10 on rings at the Rocky Mountain Invitation on Jan.11, 2014 against Air Force, Arizona State, Oklahoma and Washington.

A native of Waterford, Wis., Arndt capped off his senior season scoring above a 14.0 on rings in four meets.

The senior Husker earned a 14.80 on the rings during his third straight Big Ten Championships on March 28, 2014, tying him for nineteenth place overall. Minor injuries prevented him from competing in the NCAA Team Qualifiers at the season's end.

Arndt continued to be a standout in the classroom for NU, earning Academic All-Big Ten honors for the third straight year. He also was named to the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll for both semsters of the 2013-14 school year.

2013 (Junior)
Donovan Arndt continued to hold his position as the Huskers' leading rings specialist, competing in all eight regular season meets. The junior posted a career-high 14.90 on rings on March 3, 2013 at home against Oklahoma. He matched his personal best at Nebraska's last regular-season meet of the year, ending the year with all eight scores above a 14.00.

The Waterford, Wis. native competed for the Huskers at both the Big Ten Championships and NCAA Team Qualifiers. In Minneapolis, Arndt posted a 14.75 on rings. His score placed him at thirteenth overall at Big Ten Championships.

Arndt struggled to excel in State College, Penn., finishing his season with a 14.20 score.

Continuing to show strength in the classroom, Arndt earned academic All-Big Ten honors for a second year in a row. The junior specialist also earned a spot as a second-team academic All-American. He continued to excel within Nebraska's student-athlete population, claiming spots on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll for both semesters of the 2012-2013 school year.

2012 (Sophomore)
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.

2011 (Freshman)
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.

Before Nebraska
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.

Personal
The son of Jeff Arndt and Darlene Reinke, Donavan was born March 2, 1992, in Waukesha, Wis. Donovan has a twin brother, Taylor. 

An accounting major, Arndt earned academic All-Big Ten honors in 2012, 2013 and 2014 while also claiming spots on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in the fall semesters of 2011, 2012 and 2013, and the spring semesters of 2013 and 2014. 

He was a Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll selection in the fall of 2010.