The Free Press, Mankato, MN


November 17, 2012

They have a Nack (or 2) for swimming

MINNEAPOLIS — As Danielle Nack stood on the first-place podium at

the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center, the public address

announcer read off her accomplishment: The junior from Mankato West

had set a Minnesota all-time record in the 100-butterfly with a

time of 52.41.

The fans on both sides of the elevated pool bleachers roared

their approval. Gradually, they got to their feet until, within a

few seconds, Nack was being treated to a standing ovation.

"That's absolutely incredible," Nack said later when asked about

the response from the fans. "I have no words to describe it.

You never expect anything like that."

Nack's time in the fly broke her own Class A record of 53.97 set in

last year's state meet. It was also the highlight of a banner day

for Danielle and her sister, Chantal, who helped the Scarlets

garner four state championships and two runner-up medals at

Saturday's Class A competition.

The Nack Attack began in the second event of the meet when

sophomore Chantal improved on her fourth-place preliminary time to

win the 200-yard freestyle in 1:51.64. Chantal trailed

going into the final 25 yards but caught Northfield's Claire

Walters on the final lap.

"I thought I had a chance after the prelims," Chantal said. "I knew

I still had some time to cut. We got into the final leg and I just

reached for another gear."

Two events later, Danielle Nack won her first of three state

championships by clocking a Class A record time of 22.82 in the

50-yard freestyle. She set the previous Class A record last year in


"That was my goal, to set the record again," Danielle said. "I

didn't feel very nervous before the race. I was more excited than nervous."

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