Western Kentucky junior swimmer Claire Donahue’s time of 52.24 seconds in the 100-yard butterfly at the NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships preliminary round Friday morning was fast enough to place her among the top-eight swimmers for this evening’s finals.
The Championships are being held at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind. Donahue’s time, which has her seeded fourth, guarantees her a medal in the event, making her the first woman in Western history to do so.
Placing in the top eight finishers also solidifies her status as an All-American swimmer.
The University of Southern California’s Lindsey Deppaul is seeded first in the event with a time of 51.67. Finals will take place at 6 p.m. CT.
“She’s in a position where anything can happen,” said Head Coach Bruce Marchionda. “Time is irrelevant at this point. She just has to go out and race.”