In Briefs: Dagny Knutson Moving to Join Gator Swim Club

I’m not sure how many people caught this, but in an interview last week with Florida swimmer Brett Fraser on the Morning Swim Show, Peter Busch deftly pulled out the information that USA Swimming National Teamer Dagny Knutson would be moving to Gainesville to continue her training for the 2012 London Olympics at the Gator Swim Club. The move makes a lot of sense for her, as she will now be in a training group made up of some of the best middle distance swimmers in the country (including Ryan Lochte, Peter Vanderkaay, Rex Tullius, fellow Elizabeth Beisel, and the aforementioned Fraser, among others).

Gator Swim Club (and University of Florida) head coach Gregg Troy is also the head coach for the 2012 U.S. Men’s Olympic Team. He announced earlier this year that he would be temporarily transitioning many of his duties on the NCAA side of the program to his assistants so that he could better focus on training those athletes preparing for the Olympics. That extra focus is probably what tipped the scales for Knutson on this decision.

This past year, Knutson decommitted from Auburn and turned pro after the departure of their assistant Paul Yetter, and FAST seemed to be a way to buy herself some time (not that Jon Urbanchek isn’t a great coach), as it was fairly easy for her to jump right into the program with it being a USA Swimming Center of Excellence. This move doesn’t particularly surprise me, even without the Sean Hutchison situation (though that fiasco might have made the decision easier for her).

Now, with a little bit of time to weigh her options, Florida is a great choice for her. There was obviously something about that SEC feel that drew her commitment in 2009, and she will have a very similar cultural experience at Florida as she would have at Auburn. My assumption is that she’ll also be working towards a degree at UF.

Among her many accomplishments, Knutson is a former 400 yard IM American Record Holder and holds 4 Public High School Records (100, 200, 500 free & 400 IM).

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9 years ago

Knock on wood, I feel like this move might guarantee her a spot in the 2012 Olympics in London.

9 years ago

This is a great site for swimming news and dialogue. Please do not ruin it by glossing over mess at FAST by suggesting that Dagny went there as a placeholder as she pondered her options. She went there to train with Hutchinson plain and simple, and ended up as collateral damage of the whole scandal that no one will admit was a scandal despite the fact that Hutchinson is gone and all his swimmers have moved to Urbancek. No one in their right mind would change coaches 14 months out from the OTs unless there was a very strong reason to leave the current situation. This was not part of some grand master plan but rather a tragic result of… Read more »

9 years ago

Agree. My point was that by not even mentioning the problems out there, which were very real, made it look like the ridiculous USA Swimming cover up and we know that this site is not about this. Kara Lynn Joyce, in her interview on Swimming World, admitted that things were bad at FAST and that people were really struggling with the transition of coaches so it does deserve some mention in the reporting.

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