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Hastings, 55033
Hastings Minnesota 745 Spiral Boulevard 55033

Jen (Leonard) Zanon, a former HHS basketball and volleyball player, is leading a great life in Nashville.

Her husband, Greg, plays for the NHL's Nashville Predators as a defenseman.

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The couple has two daughters, Rylynn and Alayna.

Rylynn, who was born three weeks early and weighed just 4.5 pounds, is Nashville's March of Dimes ambassador this year. Last year, Jen raised $4,700 for the March of Dimes.

After graduating from Hastings, Jen attended the University of Nebraska-Omaha and played volleyball. Zanon was in hockey at UNO, and they hit it off.

He'll be in the Twin Cities April 10 to face off against the Wild.

More good stuff:

• Phil Seleskie, Hastings, is swimming at Ohio State University.

He is a sophomore at the Columbus school.

As a freshman, he shared the program's Mike Cochran award, which goes to the most promising freshman on the team.

As a team, the Buckeyes finished second in the Big Ten Men's Swimming and Diving championships at Purdue. The team is ranked No. 9 in the nation.

Seleskie placed eighth in the backstroke, and set a school record in the prelims with a time of 1 minute, 43.50 seconds.

• Jessica Reed, Hastings, is the new school record holder in the 55-meter hurdles at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. Her time of 8.41 came in February during a meet at UWRF. She recently won the WIAC championships in the event.

Reed is a senior.

Fellow Hastings graduate and fellow Falcon Nick Zeien placed sixth in the 800-meter run at the NCAA All-American 2008 indoor championships last year. Earlier this month he took second in the WIAC Championships with a time of 1:54.8.

All that was overshadowed by what happened Saturday. He placed fifth in the NCAA finals, earning All-American honors in the process. He had a time of 1:54.99.

He is a sophomore.

• Sarah Duea, Hastings, is a sophomore at the College of St. Benedict near St. Cloud. She is a member of the Blazers basketball team. The team has won the MIAC title the past four seasons, and advanced to the NCAA Division III tournament this year. The Blazers won their first two games against Ripon and Wisconsin-Whitewater.

Over the weekend, they competed in the Sweet Sixteen in Bloomington, Ill., and lost to Washington University, 56-43.

• Derek Stepan, Hastings, is having a great season with the University of Wisconsin Badgers men's hockey team. In 36 games, he has eight goals and 22 assists. The Badgers are 17-15-4.

Stepan was the 51st pick by the New York Rangers in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

His parents are Brad and Trish Stepan.

• Jenna Spicer, Hastings, was nominated for the WIAC Judy Kruckman Women's Swimming and Diving Scholar-Athlete of the Year award.

She is a senior at UW-Eau Claire.

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