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21 "e 1985 Big Ten Championships were in Iowa City, so we had a home crowd," said Stevens. "at made those titles even better." In 1986, Stevens repeated as Big Ten champion in the 200 free with a time of 1:50.13, and she was a member of the winning 800-freestyle relay that won in 7:29.81. Both times were Big Ten records. "In 1986, I really wanted my individual 200 free to be under 1:50.00, and it wasn't," said Stevens. "I was frustrated with myself because I knew I could go faster. In the relay, I anchored in a 1:47.9 — an unofficial time, but they announced it. at is where I should have been in my individual race. "e nice thing was is that I did it for my team when it counted, and we won the relay and set a Big Ten record. ere is something about when you have to do something and you step up for your team and accomplish it." Stevens finished her career as a three-time All- American, earning the honor in the 200 and 400-freestyle relays in 1985 and 800-freestyle relay in 1986. Yet Stevens was still in disbelief when she received word of her induction. "(UI assistant to the director of athletics) Mark Hankins called and le me a voicemail and told me he wanted to talk about the Hall of Fame," said Stevens. "When I returned the call, I thought he was going to ask me to be on the selection committee. "I was so surprised; it was a shock and a nice surprise. I started crying." Part of the emotion stemmed from officially being able to join her parka in the Roy G. Karro Athletics Hall of Fame. Stevens resides in Rockford, Illinois, where she remains an active swimmer. She swam a 5K to raise funds for cancer in Lake Michigan in July and competes regularly in master's level competitions.

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