There's no rest for the weary for WKU Olympic gold-medal winning swimmer Claire Donahue. She and her coach Bruce Marchionda are just back from the World Games, where she scored another medal, but her real goal is the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.
Joe Corcoran caught up with Claire and her coach about what her life's like now and what'll it be like for the next year and a half.
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.
Olympic gold medalist Claire Donahue is spending Tuesday on the campus of her alma mater, WKU. The former Hilltopper swimmer brought home a gold medal from the London games as part of the women’s 4 x 100-meter medley relay team.
Former WKU swimmer Claire Donahue helped the United States 400 meter individual medley relay team advance to Saturday's finals by swimming in Friday's preliminaries. Donahue swam the butterfly leg of the race in 58.05 as the U.S. team clocked an overall time of 3:58.88, placing fourth in this morning's second heat and fourth overall.
Another Olympic swimmer with Kentucky connections is having a strong showing in the pool. Louisville native Clark Burckle swam the sixth-fastest time Tuesday in the preliminaries of the 200-meter breaststroke.
Claire Donahue qualified for the Olympics at trials in Omaha last week, turning in the sixth fastest time in world history in the 100 meter butterfly. Donahue will join the U.S. swim team for a week of training in Knoxville Friday, then she'll train in France for a week before heading on to London.
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.
For Claire Donahue it was the culmination of a life-long dream. The 23-year-old Tennessee native and WKU graduate finished second in the 100 meter butterfly finals in Omaha last night, good enough to qualify for the U.S. team headed to London next month.