Dagny Knutson

Dagny on where you come from

“It doesn’t matter where you come from, small town or big city, you can be great. Believe in yourself. Believe in your dreams!”

It wasn’t enough for 17-year-old North Dakotan Dagny Knutson to dominate the 2009 Junior Nationals – she earned seven medals, six of them gold and broke a 30-year-old national age group record in the 200m free held by Sippy Woodhead – oh no. This up-and-comer continued 2009 at the next level and made her mark at two international events.  

Watch Dagny’s aha moments:


  • Birthday: January 18, 1992
  • Hometown: Minot, North Dakota

Sweet Achievement:

“Being a two-time national high school swimmer of the year”

Winning Record

  • World Championships
    2011 – Gold, 800m freestyle relay
    2009 – Silver, 800m freestyle relay
  • Mutual of Omaha Duel in the Pool
    2009 – Silver, 200m freestyle; Silver, 400m individual medley; Bronze, 400m freestyle
  • Junior Pan Pacific Championships
    2009 – Gold, 100m freestyle; Gold, 200m freestyle; Bronze, 200m backstroke; Gold, 200m individual medley (MR); Gold, 400m individual medley; Gold, 400m medley relay
  • National Championships
    2009 – Bronze, 400m individual medley; Gold, 500y freestyle (scm); Silver, 200y freestyle (scm); Bronze, 100y freestyle (scm)

Race Clips