Slattery, Donahue pick up swimming honors

Mercedes Trent

WKU swimmers Nick Slattery and Claire Donahue picked up some hardware on Monday when the 2010-2011 College Swimming Honors were announced.

Slattery was named the Male walk-on Swimmer of the Year while Donahue was one of eight honorable mention honorees for the Female Breakout Swimmer of the Year award.

Slattery, now a graduate, joined the team his freshman year as walk-on. He’ll leave the program as a Sun Belt Conference individual and team champion.

He won the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 1 47.45 seconds – a WKU record – at the 2011 Sun Belt Conference Swimming and Diving Championships in 2011.

He went on to set another school record, this time in the 200-yard butterfly, along with being a part of three record-setting relay teams and tying for a Sun Belt record.

Donahue leaves WKU as arguably the most successful swimmer in school history.

She placed second in the nation in the 100-yard butterfly event at the 2011 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships – the highest finish in WKU history.

Her individual point total helped elevate the WKU team to a 27th place finish.

She holds school-record in both the 100-yard and 200-yard butterfly and won eight individual Sun Belt Conference titles, three conference championships and participation in three NCAA Championships during her career at WKU.