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Minnesota Gopher Nikki Swenson of Dawson finished 12th in the 1,500-meter run at the NCAA West Regionals last weekend in Austin, Texas, earning a berth in the national tournament. Photo courtesy of University of Minnesota athletic department

Swenson heading to nationals

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Nikki Swenson had a simple recipe for earning a berth in the NCAA Track and Field Championships. Running in the 1,500 meters in the NCAA West preliminary round this past weekend in Austin, Texas, Swenson knew she would have a good shot of gaining her second straight trip to the nationals if she stuck close by her Minnesota Gopher teammate.


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