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Nevada's Donna dePolo finishes 21st in 100 breast at NCAA Championships

Donna dePolo
Donna dePolo finished 21st in the nation in the 100 breaststroke. (Nevada athletics)

Nevada's Donna dePolo narrowly missed earning All-American honors Friday at the NCAA swimming and diving championships at the Greensboro Aquatic Center in North Carolina.

The Bishop Manogue High graduate set a school record in the 100 breaststroke preliminary round, completing the course 59.69 seconds, marking the first time a Wolf Pack swimmer has broken 1 minute in the event. dePolo previously held the school record at 1 minutes, 0.15 seconds, set at the Mountain West championships.

dePolo was pushed into the nationals after injury scratches and took advantage of the opportunity. She won her heat and nearly advanced to the finals, which take the top 16 times in each event. The top-16 swimmers earned All-American honors. dePolo, a senior, finished 21st in the nation. She moved up 21 sports from her seed time.

“It was a great morning swim for Donna, considering it was her first race of the meet," Nevada head coach Brendon Bray said. "I don’t think it could have gone much better for her. The overall majority of the swimmers at this meet are adding time. Donna not only dropped time, but she also dropped an entire half of a second from her seed time. This is the first time a Nevada swimmer has broken one minute, and her 59.6 is our new school record. We couldn’t be more proud of her. She has a huge opportunity tomorrow in the 200 breaststroke.”

dePolo will compete in Saturday’s 200 breaststroke prelims scheduled to begin at 7:40 a.m. Pacific time. The 200 breaststroke finals are scheduled for Saturday afternoon. dePolo also has qualified for the U.S. Olympic trials later this summer.

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