Claire Donahue Speaker Profile
Claire Donahue Biography
Claire Donahue was born January 12, 1989 and is an American competition swimmer. She won two gold medals at the 2011 Pan American Games and finished second at the 2011 National Championships in the 100-meter butterfly. She earned a gold medal for swimming in the preliminary heats of the 4×100-meter medley relay at the 2012 Summer Olympics.
After high school, she attended Western Kentucky University majoring in social work. In her freshman year, she broke the school record in the 100- and 200-yard butterfly. She was a letterwinner all four years of her college career, setting five school records in the process. As a senior, she was named "2011 WKU Student Athlete of the Year."
Donahue qualified for the 2008 Olympic Trials in the 100-meter and 200-meter butterfly, but did not advance out of the opening round in either event. In 2010, Donahue finished fourth in the 100-yard butterfly at the NCAA Championships. In 2011, she finished second at the Championships in the same event. She went to the 2011 Pan American Games where she won the gold in the 100-meter butterfly and as part of the 4x100-meter medley relay. At the 2011 National Championships, she took second place in 100-meter butterfly and 11th in the 200-meter butterfly.
At the 2012 Olympic Trials in Omaha, Nebraska, the U.S. qualifying event for the Olympics, Donahue turned in a new personal best in the 100-meter butterfly finals clocking a time of 57.57. Her time was significantly slower than Dana Vollmer who won the event with a time of 56.50, but was good enough for second place, qualifying her for the Olympics. "It feels unbelievable to make it to the 2012 Olympics," she remarked. "When I finished and saw that I was second, I did not even know what to think. At first I didn't believe it." She also competed in the 200-meter butterfly, where she failed to advance past the opening round.
At the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, she turned in a personal best time of 57.42 seconds during the semi-finals of the 100-meter butterfly and advanced to the finals. In the finals, she swam the race in 57.48 en route to a seventh place finish. "My goal was actually just to get in the finals, and once I got that it was just kind of icing on the cake being able to compete in the finals", she remarked. "So I'm thrilled. I'm so happy with how I've done."Later at the games, she swam the butterfly leg of the 4×100-meter medley relay for the U.S. team during the preliminary heats. Her teammates won the relay final, earning Donahue a gold medal.
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Posted on 20 August 2013 | 2:28 pm
Olympic gold medalist Claire Donahue spent the weekend speaking to local youngsters and giving swimming tips in an event hosted by the Greenfield Community Aquatic Team. These young ambitious swimmers had to learn from one of the best and hear her story to the Olympics along with how it was to hold up the Gold Medal. “It was an awesome weekend,” said GCAT head swim coach Mark...[Read More]
Posted on 29 April 2013 | 5:50 pm
Speaking on small-town dreams and gold-medal goals, Olympian Claire Donahue captivated many Saturday night, speaking as the guest of honor at Murray High's annual swim banquet. A Lenoir City, Tenn., native and Western Kentucky University graduate, Donahue spoke about her quest as a 6-year-old from the Smoky Mountains to becoming an Olympic gold medalist for her work in London during...[Read More]
Posted on 19 September 2012 | 10:30 pm
Olympic gold medal swimmer Claire Donahue was the first Olympic athlete from Western Kentucky University to win a gold medal and was a featured Speaker in Bowling Green speaking to the Class of 2016 at her alma mater, WKU, earlier this month, urging the class to follow set goals to achieve. The 23-year-old was the first Olympic athlete from WKU to win a gold medal, and was part of...[Read More]
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