MARQUETTE TOWNSHIP, Michigan — When faced with a life-or-death situation Sunday, St. Cloud State senior swimmer Marena Kouba didn’t hesitate.


Kouba was in Marquette, Michigan, celebrating her 2-year anniversary with her boyfriend Dayton Nash, whom she met her freshman year at St. Cloud State.

The couple was spending the day at the beach at Little Presque Isle, and they were attempting to cross a short portion of Lake Superior to the island.

“You can walk out to this island, but you’re not supposed to with how the currents could be,” Kouba said. “We decided we were going to try it out, but before we even got halfway, we saw these three people had drifted out from the currents and needed a lot of help.”

The two were

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