Lenoir City's Donahue, Lady Vol Floyd advance to 100m fly finals

OMAHA, Neb. (WVLT/release) -- Tennessee rising senior Kelsey Floyd and former Lady Vol Christine Magnuson advanced to the final of the 100-meter butterfly Monday at the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials in Omaha, Neb.

Lenoir City native Claire Donahue also advanced to the 100-meter butterfly finals. In their semifinal heat, Donahue and Floyd both touched the wall in second place with a time of 58.53 seconds.

The time was the sixth fastest time to qualify for the finals.

Donahue won a state championship in high school, then went on to Western Kentucky where she had a record setting career. She graduated from WKU in 2011.

Magnuson, the 2008 Olympic silver medalist in the event, finished fourth in Floyd’s heat and took the eighth spot in the finals with a time of 58.72.

Jenny Connolly, who wrapped up her All-American career at Tennessee in March, missed out on the finals by finishing 12th overall in the semifinals in 59.17.

The finals will be the first race Tuesday evening at 8 p.m. Eastern at the CenturyLink Center and will be broadcast live by NBC. The top two will earn spots on Team USA for the London Olympics.

Brad Craig was the only Vol in action Monday. The former SEC champion narrowly missed the semifinals of the 100 breaststroke, finishing 20th in 1:01.92. The top 16 qualified.


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