Claire Donahue Shines at World Championships for USA Swimming

By: Whitney Tarpy - WKU Athletic Media Relations
By: Whitney Tarpy - WKU Athletic Media Relations

BOWLING GREEN, Ky.—Former Western Kentucky University swimmer and Olympic gold medalist Claire Donahue once again took on international competition and put together an impressive showing in her individual and relay events at the 2012 FINA Short Course World Championships in Istanbul, Turkey.

On Friday, Donahue placed sixth in the 50 fly finals with a time of 25.88 before competing with her USA Swimming teammates as the third leg in the 4x100 medley finals to take third after finishing the event in 3:51.43. The Lenoir City, Tenn., native then rounded out her stay in Turkey on Sunday with a fifth-place time of 57.00 in the 100 fly finals.

In each of her individual events, Donahue finished less than one second behind the first-place finishers, as she was .74 off from the leader in the 50 fly and .87 off in the 100 fly.

WKU head coach Bruce Marchionda was also in Istanbul, Turkey, with USA Swimming, as the eighth-year head coach was chosen to be an assistant for the women’s team.

The 2012-13 WKU swimming and diving team will be back in the water in January at Florida Atlantic before getting one more tune-up before conference championships with Senior Day on Saturday, January 19 at 1 p.m. against Evansville at Bill Powell Natatorium.


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