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Claire
Donahue
United States of AmericaUnited States of America, USA
Female
Swimming

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
12 January 1989
Height
170 cm
Residence
Bowling Green, KY, USA
Occupation
Athlete, Coach
Languages
English
Higher education
Social Work Studies - Western Kentucky University: Bowling Green, KY, USA

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She first took swimming lessons at age three.
Why this sport?
"My family always says that they just threw me in a pool when I was about two or three, and I just started swimming. I think I'm just supposed to be swimming."
Club / Team
Tennessee Aquatics [USA] / Prime Aquatics [USA]:
Name of coach
Matt Kredich [personal]

International Debut

Year
2011
Competing for
United States
Tournament
Pan American Games
Location
Guadalajara, MEX

General Interest

Hobbies
Spending time outdoors, cooking, Ultimate Frisbee, photography, cycling. (Facebook page, 07 Aug 2017)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (usaswimming.org, 29 Nov 2016)
Most influential person in career
Coach Bruce Marchionda. (clairedonahue.us, 15 Aug 2016)
Injuries
She had an appendectomy in January 2013. Her appendix and an ovarian cyst were removed in the operation. She returned to training just five days later. (swimmingworldmagazine.com, 11 Apr 2013; swimswam.com, 19 Feb 2013)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Swimming for 21 years has hugely impacted my view on life, and in such a positive way. It's made me so much stronger." (usaswimming.org, 29 Nov 2016)
Awards and honours
She was named the 2011 Student Athlete of the Year at Western Kentucky University in the United States of America. (thedailytimes.com, 25 Oct 2011)
Famous relatives
Her sister Audrey is a two-time world champion in power tumbling. (usaswimming.org, 20 Jan 2012)
Other information
MOVE TO TENNESSEE
After missing out on the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, she decided to move to Knoxville, TN, United States of America, to train with coach Matt Kredich at the University of Tennessee. "When it came down to deciding I knew I wanted to be close to my family again. To me that was my first priority. It was hard leaving Florida [South Florida Aquatic Club] as my former coach [Bruce Marchionda] had done so much for me as a swimmer and as a person too. It was the hardest thing I ever had to do." (clairedonahue.us, 15 Aug 2016, 03 Aug 2016; wate.com, 28 Jun 2016)

COACHING
She has served as part of the coaching staff at Prime Aquatics in Tennessee, United States of America. (teamunify.com, 10 Aug 2017)

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
She has worked with Evergreen, an organisation that provides support to adults with a developmental impairment. (usaswimming.org, 01 Sep 2014)