Head coach Sarah Hopkins previews the 2015 cross country season
Minnesota held its annual team banquet last weekend
Minnesota has nine repeat academic all-conference honorees this fall
Minnesota hosted its final home meet of the 2014 season Saturday
Several Gophers ran season or career-best times at Les Bolstad Course Saturday night
2014 • Redshirt Junior Season: Named Academic All-Big Ten • ran six races • placed among the top four Gophers at four meets • ran a career-best 22:16.9 as the second Gopher in fourth overall at Jack's Run • led the Gophers and finished sixth overall at Rocky's Run (23:54) • finished 18th overall and fourth on the team at the Oz Memorial 6K in 23:45.8 • was the 10th Gopher at the Griak Invitational in 23:46.8 • placed 17th overall and finished 10th for Minnesota at the SDSU Classic 5K in 18:46.85 • ran a 22:33 as the fourth Gopher in the open race at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational, finishing 70th overall.
2013 • Redshirt Sophomore Season: Raced in six meets • posted consecutive career-best times at four-straight meets beginning with the Griak Invitational (23:16.0, 21st Gopher), the Blugold Invitational (23:05.0, 10th Gopher), Neubauer Invitational (23:01.7, sixth Gopher) and Jack's Run (22:53.4, seventh Gopher) • took almost an entire minute off her time in the first two meets of the season from the Oz Memorial (24:15.7) to the Griak • finished 12th on the team at Rocky's Run (24:20).
2012 • Redshirt Freshman Season: Season-best time was 23:43.05 at the Blugold Invitational, where she finished 62nd • competed at six meets overall.
2011 • Freshman Season: Redshirted the 2011 cross country season.
High School: A 2011 graduate of Wisconsin Dells High School • high school coaches were Dean Knetter and Troy Nelson • four year letterwinner in cross country • first team all-conference all four years • team captain and MVP honors as a senior • also participated in track & field and swimming • lettered twice in swimming • member of the Central Wisconsin Wavemakers swim team • scholar athlete award recipient.
Personal: Born June 23, 1993 • completed her undergraduate degree in kinesiology and enrolled in a Master's of Education program • daughter of Tom and Catherine Swatek • mother was an All-American in track at UW-Stevens Point • has one sister named Allie • enjoys summer, swimming, being outside and playing sports.