Nikki Swenson
Nikki Swenson

Graduate Student

Dawson, Minn.

High School:
Lac qui Perle HS

2 Letters

Golden Gopher Career Highlights: A 2009 and 2010 Gopher cross country team captain · a 2009 and 2010 NCAA All-Midwest Region honoree in cross country · Minnesota's 11th-best all-time 6K performer (20:45.3) · a 2011 outdoor track All-America Second Team selection in the 1,500 meters · a three-year NCAA Outdoor Track Championships competitor in the 800 meters (2009) and 1,500 meters (2010 and 2011) · competed in 2009 and 2010 NCAA Cross Country Championships · ran on Gopher cross country 2007 and 2008 Big Ten champion lineups · member of two Big Ten indoor track team champion teams as well (2008, 2009) · 2008, 2009 and 2010 indoor All-Big Ten Second Team honoree · ranked third in school history in the mile (4:39.86), fourth in the 800 meters outdoor (2:07.19), fourth in the 800 meters indoor (2:06.81) and fifth in the 1,500 meters (4:18.38).

2010 · Senior Season: All-Midwest Region, finishing 24th (20:50.5) at the region meet · the Gophers' third runner at the NCAA Championships, finishing 150th overall with a time of 21:44.0 · All-Big Ten Second Team honoree after finishing 13th with a career-best time of 20:45.3 · finished second overall and first among Gophers at the SDSU Invitational 5K race · Minnesota's fourth runner at the Griak Invitational · co-recipient of the team's Most Improved Runner award · letterwinner.

2009 · Junior Season: All-Midwest Region · competed on Gophers' 10th-place NCAA squad · Gophers' seventh runner (22:18.3), 216th overall, at NCAA meet · posted a season-best time of 21:32.3 at NCAA Midwest Region Championships, finishing sixth on the team and 21st overall · Gophers' number-two runner (21:56.87), eighth overall, in Griak Invitational · earned third varsity letter.

2008 · Sophomore Season: Ran in five events · Gophers' alternate for NCAA Championships · the team's number-eight runner at Big Ten Championships, 61st overall, in a time of 22:33.6 · ran a season-best time of 21:45.6 to place seventh in Pre-NCAA Open Race · Gophers' seventh runner on Griak title team · earned second varsity letter.

2007 · Freshman Season: Competed in five races · voted the team's Freshman of the Year · traveled to the NCAA Championships as an alternate · a member of the Gophers' Big Ten champion lineup · the team's ninth finisher, 44th overall, at the Big Ten meet with a season-best time of 21:28.91 · time ranks 12th in school history · placed fourth (21:29.0) in the Open Race of the Pre-NCAA Meet · finished 54th (22:40.5) in her first collegiate Griak Invitational · varsity letterwinner.

On the Track: 2011 NCAA outdoor second team All-American in the 1,500 meters · 2010 NCAA Outdoor Championships competitor in the 1,500 meters · ran the 800 meters in the 2009 NCAA Outdoor Championships · 2010 All-Big Ten Second Team as runner-up in 800 meters · a three-time All-Big Ten Second Team honoree as the anchor of runner-up distance medley relay · 2009 third-place finisher in Big Ten indoor and outdoor 800 meters · four-time varsity letterwinner.

High School: A 2007 graduate of Dawson-Boyd High School · competed on the Lac Qui Parle Valley-Dawson Boyd team · 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 · seven-time state track champion, three coming in the 1,600 meters · a 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 · an honor student · 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 outdoor and spending time with family and friends.


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