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Published March 30, 2010, 10:28 AM

Shanley swimmer's dominance gets noticed

(WDAY Sports) - When you talk about swimming in North Dakota, there's always one name that pops up, Dagny Knutson, and while she's received plenty of attention, there's another swimmer that’s been making waves in the pool. Shanley's Lexie Halberstadt may have been in the shadows, but she's stealing the spotlight now.

By: Dom Izzo, WDAY

Winning races has become second nature to Lexie Halberstadt. Her dominance hasn't gone unnoticed as the Shanley standout will sign a letter of intent to go to Nebraska.

“All my hard work has paid off, now I get a chance to swim at a D-1 school, so I’m really excited.”

Nebraska's Head Coach is Pablo Morales, a gold medal winning swimmer in 1984 at the 100 butterfly, coincidentally Halberstadt's best event.

“I was kind of star struck at first. Its cool meeting an Olympian, I really excited to work with him, especially since he's knows a lot about my favorite stroke.”

Halberstadt has raced against Dagny Knutson plenty of times over the years, bringing the best out of both of them.

“Dagny's best event used to be the 100 fly. That is what Lexie has became pretty good in and she has been chasing Dagny’s record forever. She finally got the 50 free record again and this year and just missed Dagny’s fly record by hundredths. They actually raced each other this year and Dagny out touched here by four tenths of a second.”

“It’s always motivation for me to want to get better, because I see someone like her who's continued to excel.”

Halberstadt has excelled in her own right and now has her sights set on winning an even bigger race.

“2:13 my goal is to make the NCAA Championships. That's a more realistic goal for me; the Olympic trials would be amazing. I definitely think college swimming can bring me to a different level.”

Halberstadt is also the 4 time defending state champ in the 50 free. She'll sign with the Huskers on Thursday.