Isaac Knaack (L) and Nat Roberts competed at the 8 & under championship, with Knaack winning the first ever state title for the Decorah Swim Club. (Photo courtesy Eric Crawford)
Isaac Knaack (L) and Nat Roberts competed at the 8 & under championship, with Knaack winning the first ever state title for the Decorah Swim Club. (Photo courtesy Eric Crawford)
Decorah’s Isaac Knaack made history Saturday by becoming the first state champion for the Decorah Swim Club (DEC), coached by Eric Crawford.
Knaack, along with Nat Roberts, represented DEC at the 8 & Under Championship.
Also over the weekend, DEC members Annika Lensch, Barbara Vaquero and Isaac Roberts competed at the Regional meet, with both meets taking place at Loras College in Dubuque.
This was the first time the 8 & Under Championship took place in the same weekend as Regionals. Previously, the 8 & Under swimmers would swim with all the other swimmers in the ISI State Championship. The split was done to give the younger swimmers a meet of their own instead of being overshadowed by some of the older athletes.

Knaack
Knaack made history for DEC by winning the 25-yard breaststroke.
“This was quite the accomplishment as he had just finished swimming at the conference meet in Manchester for the local park and recreation team before having to rush to Dubuque for the 8 & Under Championship meet,” commented Crawford.
Knaack also made podium in his other four individual events by finishing sixth in the 100 free and thirrd in the 25 fly, 50 breast and 50 fly.
N. Roberts earned his first ever USA Swimming ribbons at the meet by finishing 13th in the 25 back, 14th in the 25 free and 15th in the 100 free. He was able to accomplish this by dropping more than six seconds in the 100 free and three seconds in the 25 free.
Knaack and N. Roberts together scored enough points to help DEC finish seventh overall in the boys team score.

Regionals
Vasquero competed at her first USA swim meet by finishing 15th in the 100 free and sixth overall in the 100 back. I. Roberts continued to make big improvements in his backstroke by dropping nearly six seconds off his best 100 back. He finished 13th in that event and 14th in the 100 free. Lensch was also able to record a personal best in the 50 breast at the meet with a 50.80.