Donahue scores second gold medal of Pan American Games

Kurt Carson

Former WKU swimmer Claire Donahue scored another gold

medal Friday at the XVI Pan American Games.

After winning a gold medal in the 100-meter butterfly

earlier during the games Donahue won gold as part of the United

States 4×100 relay team who finished first in the event. 

The event took place at the Scotiabank Aquatics

Center in Guadalajara, Mexico.

The United States relay team posted a record time of

four minutes and one second, beating their record-setting

performance in the preliminaries earlier that morning.

“It is just a great way for her to end her first

international competition, with two gold medals and helping break

another Pan American record, and having the opportunity to swim for

her country in a relay,” WKU coach Bruce Marchionda said.

The United States relay team finished close to six

seconds ahead of second-place Canada.

Other members of the relay team included Ann

Catherine Chandler, Rachel Bootsma and Amanda Kendall.

The next move for Donahue is to return to Bowling

Green to continue training for the Olympic Trials.

“(Winning two gold medals) obviously has to play a

little bit on her confidence but I think more so it will be a

motivational factor to get her through the hard training that we’re

going to be doing here in the next six months,” Marchionda