THE NEWSLEADERS — Marena Kouba, a former Sartell resident, has just been honored with a Carnegie Medal for saving the lives of three struggling swimmers on July 19, 2020.
The incident happened when Kouba and her boyfriend were visiting a Lake Superior beach on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
If it had not been for Kouba’s superb swimming skills, the situation might have ended badly. A 2017 graduate of Sartell High School, she earned All-State honors for the 200-meter medley and the 400-meter freestyle relay. She was the state’s Class A winner of the 100-meter butterfly swim in 2017 and NCAA All-American swimmer in 2020. As a junior student at St. Cloud State University, she was captain of its swim team.
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