SOFLO’s Donahue Breaks Two World Masters Records At Rowdy Gaines Masters Classic

By Sharon Robb

October 12, 2015—U.S. Olympic gold medalist Claire Donahue of South Florida Aquatic Club definitely has a future as a masters swimmer.

Donahue, 26, making her masters meet debut, broke two masters world age group records in the 25-29 50- and 100-yard butterfly events on Sunday, the final day of the three-day Rowdy Gaines Masters Classic.

Donahue broke the record in the 50-meter butterfly in 26.31, breaking the previous mark of 27.08 by Aussie Natalie Jones.

Donahue also broke the record in the 100-meter butterfly in 59.16 breaking the record of 1:00.18 set by Yuko Nakanashi of Japan.

It was the first time a masters swimmer broke one minute in the 100 butterfly.

Donahue is part of SOFLO’s large Pro Flo group training for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials and Rio Summer Olympics.

“It feels great to be part of a team again,” Donahue tweeted along with a photo of her teammates and coach.

SOFLO left the three-day meet with three masters world age group records. Teammate Lisa Blackburn, 44, a Bermuda national record holder, won the 40-44 100-meter individual medley in a record-breaking 1:04.19 on Friday.

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