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TheGoodSmith
November 24th, 2008, 02:15 PM
I see there is a new face near the top of the US Swimming for Short Course..... Dagny Knutson out of a North Dakota program. She is as fast as Janet Evans was in the 500 and practically as fast as Natalie Coughlin right now in the 200. Her 100 is as fast a Dara was at her age as well. This is quite impressive. She trounced the fastest boys times at her high school state meet.

100yd free 48.33
200 yd free 1:42.81
500 yd free 4:34.78

I don't remember her placing in the top 16 at Trials this summer. Then again, I am getting old. I don't remember her name even a year ago at US Nationals.


John Smith

aquageek
November 24th, 2008, 02:33 PM
It would be interesting to see her times from this time last year. The times you quote puts her as one of the greatest US female swimmers of all time. How could such talent have failed to make the top 16 last Summer?

Jeff Commings
November 24th, 2008, 02:40 PM
She made the final of the 200 IM at Trials.

We've reported on www.swiminfo.com every fast swim Dagny Knutson has done since then. She's been hinting at something like this, but not exactly this fast.

pwolf66
November 24th, 2008, 03:01 PM
It would be interesting to see her times from this time last year. The times you quote puts her as one of the greatest US female swimmers of all time. How could such talent have failed to make the top 16 last Summer?


She went 1:50.63/4:55.09 Dec 1st of last year as a 15yo. That is some amazing improvement. Holy cow.

Plus she swam the 100/200 Free, 100 back and 200 IM at Trials.

Look out world here comes Dagny!!!!!!

thewookiee
November 24th, 2008, 03:06 PM
It would be interesting to see her times from this time last year. The times you quote puts her as one of the greatest US female swimmers of all time. How could such talent have failed to make the top 16 last Summer?

Simple Geek...lot's of really good short course swimmers don't make the jump to long course.

Since she finaled at trials in the 200 IM, then she maybe getting ready to have some breakthroughs in other events.

Plus, she is a teenager. They seem to be able to drop time out of nowhere, as their bodies develop.

Lump
November 24th, 2008, 03:18 PM
Plus, she is a teenager. They seem to be able to drop time out of nowhere, as their bodies develop.

Yep, I had similair drops during those years. Memories.......!

ande
November 24th, 2008, 03:23 PM
Athlete of the Week: Dagny Knutson
KXMC CBS Bismarck North
Nov. 14, 2007
http://www.clipsyndicate.com/publish/video/446212/athlete_of_the_week_dagny_knutson

Dagny Knutson Preparing for Olympic Attempt
KXMC CBS Bismarck North
Jan. 28, 2008
http://www.clipsyndicate.com/publish/video/503424/dagny_knutson_preparing_for_olympic_attempt


Dagny:Going for the Gold
KXMC CBS Bismarck North
Jun. 18, 2008
http://www.clipsyndicate.com/publish/video/625577/dagny_going_for_the_gold


Olympic Hopefull
KXMB CBS Bismarck North D
Jun. 19, 2008
http://www.clipsyndicate.com/publish/video/626256/olympic_hopefull

Dagny's Journey
KXMC CBS Bismarck North
Jun. 29, 2008
http://www.clipsyndicate.com/publish/video/632908/dagny_s_journey

Dagny Update
KXMC CBS Bismarck North
Jun. 30, 2008
http://www.clipsyndicate.com/publish/video/633632/dagny_update

Dagny Knutson Impressive at Olympic Trials
KXMC CBS Bismarck North
Jul. 03, 2008
http://www.clipsyndicate.com/publish/video/636362/dagny_knutson_impressive_at_olympic_trials

anita
November 24th, 2008, 03:24 PM
Look out world here comes Dagny!!!!!!

Yep. And now we'll all have to admit that North Dakota really does exist, because no one really lives there, do they?
;)

TheGoodSmith
November 24th, 2008, 03:50 PM
She dropped approximately 18+ seconds in one year in the 500 free?

6 + seconds in the 200 free?

I'd like to know what she did differently in training?

Those drops seem quite aggressive.


Minot High School Records....
http://www.minot.k12.nd.us/education/components/scrapbook/default.php?sectiondetailid=23308

pwolf66
November 24th, 2008, 04:26 PM
But you have to remember she's 16. This could be a combination of improved training, better body awareness, late growth, etc....

TheGoodSmith
November 24th, 2008, 04:41 PM
Something certainly changed from a year ago.

I'd like to know what she has been doing differently in her training program.


She appears to have one of the fastest times ever in US swimming.

Fastest SCY times: USA Swimming
http://www.usaswimming.org/USASWeb/_Rainbow/Documents/57eb6c67-b389-41e5-825f-8c07289a1b4b/May%2015%20SCY%20Women.pdf




John Smith

knelson
November 24th, 2008, 04:55 PM
I looked up her long course times from this summer and she dipped under 2:00 in the 200 free twice, but didn't even swim the 400 free. In last year's SCY NAG rankings she was first for both the 100 free and 200 IM, so she didn't really come out of nowhere. Still, pretty amazing drops.

TheGoodSmith
November 24th, 2008, 09:24 PM
Yes, her 100 free LCM and SCY was very good last year, but it doesn't look like she turned in a time in the 500 or 400m free that was even close to top 16 in her age group. I presume she didn't swim the event that often.

Usually it takes a lot of background and middle distance/distance training to swim the 500 and 400m free. To jump from the 100/200 to the 500 in one year with such impressive speed is interesting.

This girl was fast last year with a 1:48 200 free..... top 5 in her age group..... 6 more second drop from there ...... that's impressive.


John Smith