At just 15 years old, Keegan Knott is the youngest member of the US Paralympic swim team. She was born with congenital femoral deficiency and fibular hemimelia in her right leg, which means her right femur and tibia are shorter than her left. She is missing both her fibula and hip on her right side, and she has a fused right ankle. Knott began swimming competitively at age 7, and just two years later started competing for the U.S. Paralympic swim team. At the 2018 U.S. Paralympics Swimming Para National Championships, she placed 3rd in the 400m freestyle and 4th in the 100m backstroke, the 200m individual medley, and 100m freestyle. Knott also competed at the Lima 2019 Parapan American Games.
Away from swimming:
Before she focused on swimming, Knott took dance lessons in ballet, tap, and jazz. She is now attending Warren Township High School.
In their own words:
“Lima was definitely one of the best experiences I’ll ever have. I made tons of new friends, swam hard, and had fun every second.”
- Sport: Swimming
- Limb Difference: Right limb difference
- DOB: 7/11/05
- Residence: Gurnee, IL
- School: Warren Township High School
- Classification: S10/SB9/SM10