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.
Gophers Begin Outdoor Ranked No. 11
3/20/2018 - W. Track & Field
Minnesota ranks 11th in the nation in the USTFCCCA NCAA Division I National Team Computer Preseason Rankings.
Warm-Up Lap: Q&A with Shay Nielsen
3/20/2018 - W. Track & Field
Get to know Gophers redshirt sophomore Shay Nielsen as Minnesota kicks off the outdoor season.
Gophers Enjoy Spring Break Training
3/19/2018 - W. Track & Field
Members of the Gopher women's track & field team spent spring break training in Houston, Texas.