Omaha, Neb. (WATE) - Lenoir City's Claire Donahue faced a huge challenge making the U.S. Olympic swim Team on Tuesday night, but her effort paid off.
The former Western Kentucky swimmer finished second in the women's 100 butterfly at the U.S. Trials in Omaha-- earning her a trip to the London Games.
Donahue was in a final that included 11-time Olympic medalist Natalie Coughlin, former Lady Vol and Christine Magnuson, who won two silver medals at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, and race favorite Dana Vollmer.
Vollmer took the lead early and was on a world record pace before fading slightly at the finish.
She won the event with a time of 56.50 seconds. Donahue finished second at 57.57 seconds.
The top two finishers make the U.S. Olympic team.
Tennessee swimmer Emily Floyd finished fourth. Magnuson was sixth.