Duke Picks Up Verbal Commitment from SwimMAC’s Molly Donlan (2023)

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Molly Donlan from Charlotte, North Carolina, has made a verbal commitment to swim and study at Duke University beginning in the fall of 2023.

“I’m so excited to announce my verbal commitment to further my athletic and academic career at Duke University! A HUGE thank you to my family, friends and coaches for their unending support throughout this entire process. GO BLUE DEVILS!💙😈”

A junior at South Mecklenburg High School, Donlan swims year-round with SwimMAC Carolina and specializes in backstroke and butterfly. At the 2021 North Carolina High School 4A State Championships, she finished sixth in both the 100 back (55.74) and 100 fly (55.94) as a sophomore. A few weeks later she earned PBs in the 100 free and 100 back at Cary Sectionals, where she was runner-up in the 200 back, 6th in the 100 back, 14th in the 100 fly, and 22nd in the 100 free. More recently, she racked up lifetime bests in the 50/100 back, 100 fly, and 200 IM at Speedo Winter Juniors-East.

In LCM, Donlan is a Winter US Open qualifier in the 100/200 back and 100 fly. She earned PBs in all three events at Speedo Summer Championships-East last August, placing 23rd/15th and 18th, respectively. She competed in the same three events at US Open in December, finaling in the 100 fly (16th place).

At the SwimMAC intrasquad long course meet in January 2022, she came within .15 of her PB in the 100 fly (1:02.01) and was about half a second off her best 200 back time (2:17.74), getting her 2022 LCM season off to a strong start.

Best SCY times:

  • 50 back – 25.61
  • 100 back – 54.87
  • 200 back – 1:58.17
  • 100 fly – 55.34
  • 200 IM – 2:05.11
  • 50 free – 24.16
  • 100 free – 51.78

Donlan will join Claire McLean, Ali Pfaff, and Ella Passe in the Blue Devils’ class of 2027. She will overlap with backstrokers Emily Lenihan and Amaya Hanley and butterflyers KyAnh Truong, Aleyna Ozkan, and Lenihan.

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3 months ago

Congratulations! Go Duke.

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