Carrie Hefte Biography from the Hall of Fame Sports Banquet, April 27, 1987.
Carrie Hefte was a top female athlete at Fergus Falls High School in the 1970s, specializing in the backstroke and sprint freestyle as a member of the swim team. She also was basketball center for the Otter girls. Even though she committed many hours to athletics. Hefte remained a true example of the student-athlete, graduating in 1977 as class valedictorian.
She then went on to Hamline University in St. Paul where she established several national swimming records as an All-American, graduating summa cum laude.
In high school she was captain of the swimming team in 1974 and 1976, participating in the state swim meet in 1976 where she won fourth place in the 100 backstroke and seventh place in the 200 individual medley. Hefte also participated at state in 1975. She was Most Valuable Swimmer for the Otters in 1975.
At Hamline University she was on the swim team from 1977 to 1981. Hefte was swimming MVP in both 1980 and 1981 and was named the Hamline University senior outstanding athlete in 1981. In 1980 Hamline's swim team won the AIAW Division III national title with Hefte setting national records while finishing first in both the 200 individual medley and the 50 butterfly. It was also the first national swim title for Hamline.
At the 1981 AIAW Division III nationals, she again set a national record, this time in the 50 fly. In the same national tournament, she won second in the 200 individual medley with Hamline again winning the Division III national title.
Hefte went on to the University of Minnesota Law School and in 1981 competed in the U of M intramural swimming championships. In addition to being undefeated in intramural competition, she set three Minnesota records, one of which was a national intramural swim record.
Coaching swimmers has been one of her most enjoyable experiences. During the summers of 1978 and 1982 she coached the Fergus Falls AAU Club. Hefte was the assistant swim coach for the Roseville Swim Club during 1980 and 1981.
Hefte, who is married to James Hanton, now resides in Arden Hills, Minnesota. She is an attorney for Oppenheimer, Wolff, and Donnelly in the Twin Cities.