Nikki Swenson  
Nikki Swenson

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Dawson, Minn.

High School:
Dawson-Boyd HS

Position:
Distance

Experience:
1 Letter


Career Highlights: A two-time NCAA Track Championships competitor • 2010 competitor in the 1,500 meters • a 2009 NCAA Outdoor Track Championships competitor in the 800 meters • travelled as an alternate for the distance medley relay in the 2009 NCAA Indoor Championships • 2009 and 2010 indoor track and 2010 cross country All-Big Ten Second Team honoree • ranked fourth in school history in the 800 meters outdoor (2:07.19), and indoor (2:07.50), fifth in the mile (4:42.53) and sixth in the 1,500 meters (4:20.89)• ran on Gopher cross country 2007 and 2008 Big Ten champion lineup and the 2009 NCAA 10th-place squad • 2009 All-NCAA Midwest Region in cross country.

2010 Season - Indoor: All-Big Ten Second Team • the Big Ten runner-up in the 800 meters (2:08.56) and as the anchor of the distance medley relay (11:23.88) • an NCAA provisional qualifier in both the 800 meters and mile • clock a career-best time of 2:07.50 in the 800m at the Meyo Invitational, good for fourth on the Gophers' top-10 list • ran top time of 4:42.53 in the mile, the fifth-fastest in school history, at the Iowa State Classic. Outdoor: NCAA competitor in the 1,500 meters, running a time of 4:28.23 in prelims • earned her NCAA berth by running a career-best time of 4:20.89 at the West Prelims • placed fifth in the 800 meters (2:08.17) and seventh in the 1,500 meters (4:21.81) at the Big Ten Championships • led off two Drake Relays champion relays - the 4x80m and the 4x1,600 meters • earned her third varsity letter.

2009 Season - Indoor: NCAA alternate in the distance medley relay • NCAA provisional qualifier in the 800 meters and mile • All-Big Ten Second Team • anchored Conference runner-up distance medley relay • added a third-place finish in the 800 meters with a career-best time of 2:08.91, the sixth-fastest time in Gopher history • ran top mile (4:44.88) at the Iowa State Classic. Outdoor: Earned an at-large berth to the NCAAs in the 800 meters • ran a time of 2:10.08 in NCAA first round • placed seventh in the 800 meters at the NCAA Midwest Region meet • tallied a third-place finish in the 800 meters at the Big Ten Championships with a career-best time of 2:07.19, the fourth-fastest time in Gopher history • posted a regional qualifying time in the 1,500 meters (4:25.84) at the Sun Angel Classic • earned second varsity letter.

2008 Season - Indoor: All-Big Ten Second Team • anchored the runner-up distance medley relay (11:30.11) that notched the fifth-best time in Gopher history • added a fourth-place finish in the 800 meters (2:10.05) with seventh-fastest time in school history • the Gophers' alternate for the DMR at the NCAA Championships • ran an NCAA provisional time of 4:47.31, the seventh best in school history, in the mile at the Iowa State Classic. Outdoor: Competed in five meets • ran the 1,500 meters at the Big Ten Championships • clocked top time of 4:29.44 in the event at the Kansas Relays • ran the second leg of the school record and Drake Relays runner-up 4x1,600-meter relay • varsity letterwinner.

Cross Country: A 2009 All-NCAA Midwest Region honoree • helped Gophers to 10th-place finish at 2009 NCAA meet • a member of the Big Ten champion lineup in 2007 and 2008 • a 2010 All-Big Ten Second Team honoree • the Gophers' 2007 Freshman of the Year • 2009 and 2010 team captain • four-time varsity letterwinner.

High School: A 2007 graduate of Dawson-Boyd High School • high school coaches were John Shurb, John Kvaal and Sheri Hanson • a two-time Minnesota Class A cross country champion, capturing medalist honors as a freshman in 2003 and as a senior (14:23.6) in 2006 • state runner-up in 2004 and 2005 • six-time state track champion, three coming in the 1,600 meters • triple titlist as a senior winning the 400 meters (57.01), the 1,600 meters (4:58) and the 3,200 meters (11:00) • won the 2006 state crown in the 800-meter run (2:12.08) and runner-up accord in the 1,600-meter run (4:53.67) • was a double winner in 2005, winning the 400 meters and 1,600 meters in leading her team to a first-place finish with just two athletes competing • added a second-place finish in the 3,200 meters that season • won the first of her two 1,600 meters titles and placed second in the 3,200 meters as a freshman • earned six letters in both cross country and track • played point guard on the basketball team, earning three all-conference honors and scoring 963 career points • graduated third in her class with a 3.96 grade point average.

Personal: Born April 3, 1989 • kinesiology major • daughter of Mike and Julie Swenson • mother ran track at Moorhead State • has younger siblings: Kelly and Ryan • enjoys being outdoors.