January 17th, 2020

20 Questions with Claire Donan

Samantha Stallings


20 Questions with Claire Donan
Photo provided by Claire Donan

On a weekly basis, Louisville Catholic Sports post the Campbellsville University- Louisville “20 Questions” feature that highlights a high school student-athlete in the local Catholic high school community. If there is a specific athlete that you’d like to know more about, email future suggestions to sstallings92@yahoo.com


Name: Claire Donan

Current School: Sacred Heart Academy

Current Sports Playing: swimming

Grade school: Anchorage Independent

High School GPA: 3.73



1. What is your proudest athletic moment? Probably when I got my first National cut in 2017 because it took 4 tries in one meet to get the cut and I wasn’t even planning to get it until my coach told showed me the cut and told me that if I got it he’d take me to nationals that next week. My first three attempts got me as close to .18 seconds from the cut but I wasn’t going to be satisfied until I got it. So at the very last minute right after I missed my time trial (my third attempt), I ran up to my coach and told him I wanted to try again in the first 100 of my 200 breast. Then, in the 15 minute time frame between my time trial and my 200 breast my coach and teammates set up my last opportunity to get this cut. Right before the race I talked to all the girls swimming around me in the 200 and warned them that I was going 100 speed and that they should avoid pacing with me and I think that kind of got the crowd thinking I was gonna try for the cut again because when I went off for that swim the ENTIRE natatorium was yelling and it was so cool. When I finished the hundred and turn to finish the rest of the 200 there was a pause where it was quiet (because the board had a lag between the touch and when the time popped up) and then everyone started SCREAMING and I knew I did it so I smiled the entire rest of the race. When I finally got to see my time I realized I actually went an 1:11.58, .01 faster than the cut which was a 1:11.59. Overall that whole experience is probably my favorite memory in all my swimming. 


2. What is your ideal meal/snack before a game? I have a nutritionist so I usually have half a quest bar with 20oz of water with a NUUN hydration tablet in it


3. If you were trying out for American Idol, what would be your "go to" song? Anything old Taylor Swift


4. Which athlete do you look up to on a college/professional level? Why? Katie Ledecky because when you think there isn’t any possible way she could get any faster, she does


5. What is your favorite movie quote? “Everyone fails at who they’re supposed to be, Thor. A measure of a person, of a hero, is how well they succeed at being who they are.”

-Avengers Endgame


6. How does your faith impact your approach to sport? I struggle with anxiety at meets and before races so my faith helps me a lot when it comes to re-centering myself and calming down before a race 


7. What is your favorite cartoon character? Mulan or Spongebob


8. All-time favorite board game? Trouble or sorry


9. Droid, iPhone, or Blackberry? Favorite app? iPhone, Twitter


10. What is your favorite local restaurant? Cunningham’s


11. What is your favorite reality TV show? Inside Pediatrics 


12. What is your greatest fear? Being Kidnapped


13. What is your best quality/characteristic? My ability to persevere through adversity


14. Favorite junk/comfort food? Any sour candy except sour gummy worms


15. What is your favorite hour of the day? Why? Bedtime, I’m always tired


16. What is your nickname and how did you get it? Claire Bear: childhood nickname

Donan: there are a lot of Claires so people usually just call me Donan and I don’t mind

17. Where is your favorite place to volunteer/provide community service? Southeast Christian’s Miracles Ministry


18. What is one hidden talent that you possess?  I’m super clumsy, but I can ice skate


19. If time machines were real, and you could choose just one to travel forward or backward which would you select and why? I don’t like the idea of knowing the future and having to anticipate it and I believe my past shapes who I am so I’d say I’m just content with living in the present


20. If you could pick one person, dead or alive, and ask them just one question that they had to answer honestly, who would you pick and what would you ask? Mr. Rogers, “What inspired you to become such a genuinely good and positive force in the world and how did you manage to persevere when times got rough?”


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