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Swenson finishes 2nd in 800 at Big Ten Indoor Meet

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Nikki Swenson, a Minnesota Gophers junior from Dawson, finished second in the 800-meter run and also anchored the distance medley relay team that placed second in the Big Ten Women's Indoor Track and Field Championships last weekend in State College, Pa.

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Minnesota's quest for a fourth straight title came up short as the Gophers finished fourth. Penn State won the title.

Swenson ran 2:08.56 in the 800 and the relay team finished in 11:23.88.

She won two state cross-country titles and six other state titles in track and field in high school. She won the Tribune's Hengstler-Ranweiler Award in 2007.

Natalie Devine, a junior from Litchfield, also earned team points for the Gophers, finishing 16th in the high jump with a leap of 5-7.

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