Several Swimmers with Kentucky Connections Will Compete in London Olympics

Jul 2, 2012

WKU graduate Claire Donahue won't be the only Olympic swimmer with ties to the Bluegrass State. Louisville native Clark Burckle has qualified for the London games by finishing second in the 200-meter breaststroke at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials.

The 24-year-old St. Xavier graduate was the 2010 NCAA champion in the 200-yard breaststroke during his time at the University of Arizona.

Burckle placed third in the 200-meter breaststroke at last year's nationals.

Donahue qualified for the 100-meter butterfly at the London games last week, making her the first ever former Hilltopper to make a U.S Olympic swim team.

Four other Olympic swimmers have Kentucky connections despite the fact they'll be swimming for countries other than the U.S.

The four compete collegiately at the University of Louisville. Eszter Povazsay will swim at the London Games for Hungary. Other U of L swimmers who will compete in London are Brazil's Joao De Lucca and Portugal's Carlos Almedia and Pedro Oliveria.