Donahue Qualifies for World Championships

Jun 29, 2013

Former WKU swimmer and Olympic gold medalist Claire Donahue made the U.S. team for the 2013 FINA World Championships after coming in second Thursday night in the 100 meter butterfly at the Phillips 66 National Championships in Indianapolis.

Donahue finished at 58.32 behind Dana Vollmer's 57.53. The top two finshers in the 100 fly advanced to the World Championships July 28-August 4 in Barcelona, Spain. Donahue led Vollmer at the halfway turn by 0.09 seconds, but Vollmer pulled ahead in the back half to record the third-fastest time in the world this year.

Donahue became the second WKU Olympic athlete to earn a medal at the Summer Olympics and the first to claim a gold medal, as she swam in the butterfly leg of the preliminary heats of the 4x100 medley relay in London to help lead Team USA to the finals.

A four-year letter winner with WKU swimming, Donahue currently holds five different records at WKU, including two individual records in the 100 and 200 butterfly.