Dakota Luther, the name might not sound familiar, but to older swim fans, the lineage should be recognized. The daughter of former US Olympian, Whitney Hedgepeth, Luther has stormed onto the US scene and soon the World Scene. Coached by another Olympian, Brendan Hansen., Luther forged her own path to swimming glory.
2017 US World Team Trials
Luther finished second to Hali Flickinger to secure her spot on the US team competing at the World Championships in Budapest later this summer. Luther finished just 0.04 seconds ahead of third place winner, Sarah Gibson. The Georgia signee makes her first US National Team.
2017 World Championships
Luther was in 10th place after the swimming of the heats and qualified for the semifinals with a time of 2:08.86. In heat one of the semifinals, Luther finished eighth in the heat with a bit slower time than her heat swim, 2:09.55, failing to make the championship final.