Swimmer recognized for good character
Garrett Alleven of Marion, a junior swimmer at St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, Minnesota, recently received the “Husky of the Year” award.
He was selected for the award by his swim team members as “the best representation of the male athlete,” meaning he is a good role model inside and outside the pool.
Alleven has been swimming competitively since he was 9 years old. He was a member of the Newton Nitros.
Alleven attended Wichita State University for one year after graduating from Marion High School in 2017, but he missed swimming. He transferred to St. Cloud the next year because the university had a swim team.
“I could swim while working toward a degree in mechanical engineering,” he said. The swim season is from August to March.
Alleven’s best individual time at St. Cloud this year was one minute, 54 seconds, in a conference race that included all four strokes. He placed ninth of 16 finalists.
Alleven expects to graduate in one-and-a-half years. Barbara Alleven and the late Gary Alleven are his parents.