Former WKU Swimmer and Olympian Claire Donahue Confirms Slot for World Championships

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

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.— Former Western Kentucky University swimmer and gold-medal Olympist Claire Donahue confirmed her slot on the United States roster for the 2013 FINA World Championships after coming in second in the 100 butterfly at the 2013 Phillips 66 National Championships in Indianapolis, Ind.

Donahue finished the event in 58.32 behind Dana Vollmer's 57.53. The top two finishers in the 100 fly moved on the World Championships held in Barcelona, Spain, on July 28-August 4. The Lenoir City, Tenn., native led Vollmer at the halfway turn by nine one-hundredths of a second, but Vollmer pulled ahead in the back half to record the third-fastest time in the world this year.

Donahue became just the second WKU Olympic athlete to earn a medal at the Summer Olympics and the first to ever claim a gold medal, as she swam in the butterfly leg of the preliminary heats of the 4x100 medley relay in London to help guide Team USA to the finals. A four-year letterwinner with WKU swimming, Donahue currently holds five different records at WKU, including two individual records in the 100 and 200 butterfly.


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