ALEXANDRIA DONAHUE WINS GOLD IN PERSONAL BEST IN 100 YARD BREASTSTROKE. FOLLOWS MOTHER’S FOOTSTEPS IN WINNING A TITLE AT THE IVY LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIPS

Alexandria Donahue
Alexandria Donahue Photo courtesy of floridaswimnetwork.com
Karen Dieffenthaller Donahue
Karen Dieffenthaller Donahue 1986 Ivy League champion in the 50 and 100 yard freestyle and mother of Alexandria Donahue Photo courtesy of http://wavecampcaribbean.com/
Dawn Kane
Dawn Kane Photo courtesy of goduke.com

Brown’s Trinidad and Tobago sophomore Alexandria Donahue won Gold on Day 2 of the Ivy League Championships on Friday February 19.Donahue worked her way to the top of the podium in the 100 yard breaststroke. Heading into the Championships being held at Princeton University Alexandria had a season best of 1:02.39 and personal best of 1:01.97 from the 2013-14 4A Florida State championships on Nov 16, 2013. After the morning heats she had lowered both records with a time of 1:01.10 .She had recorded the only sub 29 second split of the preliminaries. In the final she split the race at 29.09 to be 3rd at the 50 yard mark. At that point she changed gears to have the fastest last 50 yards of 32.12 and crown herself Ivy League Champion with a time of 1:01.21.

Donahue followed in the footsteps of her mother . Karen won 1986 Ivy League titles for Brown in the 100 and 50 yard freestyle races in then Championship records of 51.37 and 23.53 respectively. She would go on to represent Trinidad and Tobago at the 1986 World Championships, the 1987 Pan American Games and 1988 Seoul Olympics Games. Alexandria also joins Jamaican Angela “Dawn” Chuck now Kane (Brown) as an Ivy League Champion. Kane ,who is an associate head Coach at Duke won her crown in the 100 yard freestyle in 2002 in a time of 50.48.Dawn had won the 200 yard freestyle a year earlier in a time of 1:49.47 . Kane competed at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney Australia and the 2004 Games in Athens.

Donahue almost became a double medallist at the Championships when her Brown Bears 200 yard medley relay team Jenna Zagoren, Caroline Vexler and Reia Tong finished with the Silver medal. Donahue scorched the field with the only sub 27 second split of 26.89 breaststroke split to move the team from 5th to 1st. They managed to hold to place 2nd in 1:40.26. Donahue’s best relay leg prior to the championships was 28.04.

In the 100 yard butterfly Jamaican junior Trudiann Patrick (Columbia) lowered her season best in the morning from 55.16 to 54.30 .That performance was the fastest time she has recorded since 2014. Competing in the evening in the B final she finished 4th in a time of 54.75. Her countrywoman Kendese Nangle (Dartmouth) was also 4th in the B final of the 100 yard backstroke in a time of 55.87.Her Big Green 200 yard medley relay team finished 8th in a time of 1:43.40. Nangle had her best backstroke leg of the season clocking 25.90 breaking 26 seconds for the first time this season.

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