OMAHA, Neb. (WATE) - Lenoir City native Clair Donahue is one step away from making the 2012 U.S. Olympic team.
The Western Kentucky swimmer turned in a top-six performance in the semi-finals of the 100-meter butterfly Monday night in Omaha, Neb.
Donahue finished the first semi-final race with a time of 58.53, behind only Natalie Coughlin's time of 58.27 in the first heat. Donahue reached the semi-finals after posting a career-best time of 57.82 in the prelims Monday morning, placing her second among all swimmers heading into the semi-finals.Donahue is looking to become the first WKU swimmer to make the U.S. Olympic Team, and would become just the third Olympic swimmer in the program's history.
Donahue was a four-year letter winner at Lenoir City High School.
The finals of the 100-meter butterfly will take place Tuesday night in Omaha.
Donahue will also be swimming in the 200-meter butterfly, which will begin on Thursday.
The top two swimmers in each event will move on the 2012 Olympics in London. (Information provided by Western Kentucky University Sports Information)