Former Hilltopper Swimmer Finishes in Top 8 at Olympic Butterfly Race, Has Second Chance at Medal

Jul 30, 2012

Claire Donahue finished out of the medal race Sunday, but she still has one more chance at Olympic gold. Donahue, a former WKU swimmer, finished 7th in the women's 100m butterfly.

Donahue touched the wall a second and a half behind American Dana Vollmer, who took the gold medal.

I was just so happy,” said the 23-year-old Donahue, who gave Vollmer a big hug. “I wanted to do well, and for her to do that well was amazing because I know how hard she’s been working at it. I’m just so happy for her.”

Donahue is expected to swim the butterfly portion in Friday's qualifying race as part of the U.S. women's 4x100 medley relay. If, as expected, the U.S. women make the finals, Vollmer would likely swim the butterly in the medal round.

Still, if the U.S. makes the top three, Donahue would get a medal since she's a member of the team.

Donahue is a native of Lenoir City, TN., who has a degree in nursing from WKU. She is the first WKU swimmer to compete in the Olympics for a U.S. swim team.