Dagny Knutson

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Dagny Knutson
Personal information
Full name Dagny Knutson
Nickname(s) Dags
Nationality  USA
Born (1992-01-18) January 18, 1992 (age 23)
Fayetteville, North Carolina
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight 150 lb (68 kg)
Sport
Sport Swimming
Strokes Freestyle, medley
Club FAST Swim Team (FAST-CA)

Dagny Knutson (born January 18, 1992) is an American swimmer of Norwegian heritage. Knutson is a former American record holder in 400-yard individual medley and holds several high school national records.[1] She finished swimming competitively in 2012 and in 2013, due to her struggles with bulimia and financial strains.[2]

Swimming career[edit]

At the 2008 FINA Youth World Swimming Championships, Knutson won a total of five medals, all of them gold.[3] At the 2008 Short Course Nationals, Knutson broke Katie Hoff's American record in the 400-yard individual medley with a time of 4:00.62 (This record has since been broken by Julia Smit). At the 2009 Junior Pac Pacs, she set five meet records while winning seven gold medals and a bronze.[4]

At the 2009 National Championships, Knutson qualified to swim in the 4x200 m freestyle relay at the 2009 World Aquatics Championships in Rome by placing fifth in the 200 m freestyle.[5] In Rome, Knutson swam in the heats of the 4x200 m freestyle relay (with Ariana Kukors, Alyssa Anderson, and Lacey Nymeyer) and won a silver medal after the United States placed second in the finals. As the second leg, Knutson had a 1:57.73 split.[6][7]

At the 2010 National Championships, Knutson did not qualify to swim in any individual events at the 2010 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships. Knutson placed 4th in the 400 m freestyle, 5th in the 200 m freestyle, 6th in the 400 m individual medley, and 19th in the 200 m butterfly.[8][9][10][11]

At the 2011 World Aquatics Championships in Shanghai, Knutson won a gold medal in the 4×200-meter freestyle relay with Missy Franklin, Katie Hoff, and Allison Schmitt, with the team finishing ahead of Australia and China. As the second leg, Knutson had a 1:57.18 split.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Knutson started swimming at the age of 9. Her parents, Jim and Ronda, were both college athletes. Her parents have chosen for her a Norwegian name (although they both have American citizenship, their parents are Norwegians).

Knutson's hometown is Minot, North Dakota, but she has trained at the University of Florida after briefly training with Auburn University then FAST in Fullerton, California.[13] Because of geographic proximity, Knutson used to swim in so many meets in Canada that she was once mistakenly named one of that country's top 12-year-old swimmers.

Personal bests[edit]

Event Time Venue Date
100 m freestyle 55.37 Guam January 8, 2009
200 m freestyle 1:57.73 Guam January 8, 2009
400 m freestyle 4:08.80 Irvine August 3, 2010
200 m individual medley 2:10.79 Guam January 8, 2009
400 m individual medley 4:36.02 Santa Clara June 13, 2009

Last updated August 13, 2010. All times were set in a 50 metres pool.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Girls public high school national records - short course yards" (PDF). Swimming World Magazine. Retrieved 2010-08-13. 
  2. ^ Crouse, Karen. "A Former Top Swimmer Gives Happiness a Chance". January 25, 2013. New York Times. Retrieved 26 January 2013. 
  3. ^ "World Youth Championships: Dagny Knutson Makes It Five!". Swimming World Magazine. 2008-07-13. Archived from the original on 2010-08-13. Retrieved 2010-08-13. 
  4. ^ Shipley, Amy (2009-03-04). "The Dakota Pool Shark". The Washington Post. Archived from the original on 2010-08-13. Retrieved 2010-08-13. 
  5. ^ "2009 Conoco Phillips National Championships – 200 m freestyle results (final)" (PDF). Omega Timing. Retrieved 2010-08-13. 
  6. ^ "13th FINA World Championships – 4x200 m freestyle relay (heats)" (PDF). Omega Timing. Retrieved 2010-08-13. 
  7. ^ "13th FINA World Championships – 4x200 m freestyle relay (final)" (PDF). Omega Timing. Retrieved 2010-08-13. 
  8. ^ "2010 ConocoPhillips National Championships – 400 m freestyle results (final)" (PDF). Omega Timing. Retrieved 2010-08-13. 
  9. ^ "2010 ConocoPhillips National Championships – 200 m freestyle results (final)" (PDF). Omega Timing. Retrieved 2010-08-13. 
  10. ^ "2010 ConocoPhillips National Championships – 400 m individual medley results (final)" (PDF). Omega Timing. Retrieved 2010-08-13. 
  11. ^ "2010 ConocoPhillips National Championships – 200 m butterfly results (final)" (PDF). Omega Timing. Retrieved 2010-08-13. 
  12. ^ "FINA World Championships, Swimming: U.S. Dominates Women's 800 Free Relay With Textile Best; Missy Franklin Leads Off With Textile Best". Swimming World Magazine. 2011-07-28. Retrieved 2011-10-07. 
  13. ^ Schaller, Bob. "20 QUESTION TUESDAY: DAGNY KNUTSON". USA Swimming. Retrieved 27 September 2011. 

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