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Panthers junior Donahue headed to swim at UF this fall

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Plant junior swimmer Ally Donahue signed a national letter-of-intent Wednesday, and she confirmed that she will graduate early and skip her senior year to head to the University of Florida in the fall.

“I’ve certainly never seen it before, where a student skips their entire senior year to go train at a major swimming school like Florida,” Plant coach Gil Gonzalez said. “But if anybody can do it, it’s Ally. I believe she has what it takes.”

Part of the goal is to increase training and try to make the 2016 Olympic games in Brazil.

At the Class 4A state meet last fall, Donahue won the 50 free in 23.60 and blistered the field in the 100 breaststroke, taking the final in 1:02.50. Donahue also helped her teammates to a third-place finish in the 200 medley relay (1:47.34).

In the preliminaries at state, Donahue missed setting a state record in the 100 breast by .24 seconds with a time of 1:01.97.

Scott Purks

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