Claire Donahue fails to win spot on U.S. Olympic Team

The Lenior City native will not compete in Rio

OMAHA, Neb. (WATE) – East Tennessee’s Claire Donahue competed in the U.S. Olympic Swimming trials Monday, but will not be going to Rio.

The Lenior City native announced on social media that she will not be on the Olympic team. She came in sixth during the women’s 100m butterfly at 58.81-seconds.

Donahue competed in the 2012 Olympics and won a gold medal for the 4×100 medley relay race.

“I was 10 when I told my parents and coach I wanted to go to the Olympics,” said Donahue.

As any supportive parent would do, they smiled and nodded, not knowing she would someday do just that.

“I’ve always been passionate about swimming,” said Donahue. “I’ve always been very motivated, and I started to basically enjoy it more. That’s what it came down to.”

Donahue thanked fans for supporting her journey and plans to try again in the future.