MANKATO — During the whole recruiting process, Danielle Nack thought she'd probably end up swimming at a university in the south.
But as the decision got closer, it also got tougher. On Sunday, the Mankato West senior chose to stay close to home and swim at the University of Minnesota.
"I decided to go with my gut feeling and stay close to my family and swim for my home state," she said.
Nack made official visits to Auburn and Tennessee and unofficial visits to Southern California and Wisconsin, and each of those places had a strong lure where she made new friends. But she went to Minnesota last weekend and made her decision to verbally commit on Sunday.
"This whole thing has been really tough," she said. "I've been back and forth, back and forth. Calling the coaches and telling them was the hardest part."
Nack said that she'll concentrate on freestyle and butterfly sprinting in college. She participated in the last Olympic Trials in the 50-meter butterly.
Nack, who holds several school and pool records, won three state championships last fall. She set the all-time state record of 52.41 in the 100 butterfly and the Class A record of 22.82 in the 50 freestyle. She also swam on the state champion 400 freestyle relay.
"I'm really relieved," Nack said. "Now I can really focus on high-school swimming and then be a Gopher next fall."
The early signing date for college swimmers is Nov. 13.