Hailing from Mankato, Minnesota, Danielle Nack has opted to remain in her home state as the NCAA presents the next stage of her athletic career. Committing to the Minnesota Golden Gophers swim team, she was ranked by CollegeSwimming.com nationally as 27th in the Class of 2014. The site did recognize her as the finest butterfly specialist of the senior class. Swimsam.com ranked her much higher, ninth. In addition, she competes in the butterfly for the Mankato Mantas swim club, along with Mankato West prep school.
At the 2013 Minnesota High School State Championships, she rewrote the record book with 52.41 seconds in the 100-yard fly, breaking the record previously held by Rachel Bootsma. Of note, the national record is 51.92. She would also capture the state title in the 50-freestyle and 400-free relay. Her performance helped the Mankato West Scarlets rank fourth as a team at state. As a side note, her sister Chantal also competes with the Scarlets. She captured the state title in 2013 in the 500-freestyle.
During the 2013 Speedo Junior Nationals, Danielle’s time in the 100-meter fly was 59.37, one of the few teens that could eclipse the one minute mark. She would capture first at the most recent Winter Junior Nationals in Greensboro, North Carolina with a time of 52.44.
She also competed in the 2012 US Olympic trials but finished 46th in the butterfly. Considered the top-ranked recruit in the state of Minnesota, she was recruited by several programs in the Southeast Conference including Tennessee and Auburn.
Before opting for Big Ten school Minnesota, she also had a scholarship offer from the University of Southern California. Unfortunately, her accomplishments were overshadowed by another Mankato West high school star, football quarterback Philip Nelson. Ironically, Nelson has also committed to Minnesota. They are also joined by Molly Lohman, a Mankato West volleyball sensation that shall also join the maroon and gold.
Under the tutelage of Minnesota swim coach Kelly Kremer, the ability to improve her time for the 2016 Olympic trials is highly possible. While senior Rebecca Weiland will likely handle the butterfly spot for the 2014-15 season, she will also serve as a valuable mentor for incoming freshman Nack. As the Gophers finished in the Top 10 at the 2013 NCAA championships, Nack’s talents ensure a promising future for the program.