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Cynthia Donovan
Position: Freestyle
Year: Senior
Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio
High School: Ursuline Academy

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2013-2014: Donovan began her senior season with a second-place finish in the 200 medley relay against Purdue before taking second in the 50 freestyle. She was a member of Miami’s first-place finishing 200 medley relay team against Xavier and Miami’s second-place 200 medley relay team against Akron. Donovan earned her first individual win of the season in the 50 freestyle against the Zips. She followed up the performance with a second-place finish in the 50 freestyle against Bowling Green and a sixth-place finish in the 100 freestyle. She also earned a first-place finish in the 200 freestyle relay. Against Ball State, Donovan helped Miami to a second-place finish in the 200 medley relay, took first in the 50 freestyle and second in the 400 freestyle relay. Donovan took first in the 200 medley relay at the Miami Invitational. She also finished 27th in the 200 freestyle and took first in the 50 freestyle. She finished fifth in the 400 medley relay, 17th in the 100 butterfly and ninth in the 100 freestyle. Her 400 freestyle relay team took first, closing out the Miami Invite. Against Cincinnati, Donovan took first in the 50 freestyle. She also took fourth in the 100 freestyle and first in the 200 freestyle relay against the Bearcats. Donovan’s 200 medley relay team was second against Evansville. Donovan also took sixth in the 200 freestyle and first in the 400 freestyle relay. She was third in the 200 medley relay and 50 freestyle against Buffalo. She also was fifth in the 100 freestyle and contributed to Miami’s first-place victory in the 200 freestyle relay. Against Eastern Michigan, Donovan took first in the 200 medley relay and 50 freestyle. She was fourth in the 400 freestyle relay. She took first in the 50 freestyle and 200 freestyle relay against Ohio. At the MAC Championships, Donovan was fourth in the 200 freestyle relay, 12th in the 50 freestyle,  and third in the 400 freestyle relay. 

2012-13: Donovan has been a strong freestyle swimmer for the RedHawks, kicking off her season with two fifth-place finishes at Purdue in the 50 and 100 free events. She placed second in the 50 free at Kenyon, but has won the event three times this season against Xavier, Evansville, and Akron. At the 2012 Miami Invitational, she was a member of the winning 200 and 400 freestyle relay teams, while her 200 medley relay squad placed third. Also placed third in the 50 freestyle and sixth in the 100 free. She took fourth in the 50 free against Bowling Green, and won the 400 free relay. She again placed fourth in the 50 free against Buffalo, but took third in the same event against Ball State. In Miami's final dual meet of the season at Ohio University, Donovan finished fourth in the 50 free, and helped her relay teams to third-place finishes in the 200 medley relay and 400 free relay. 

2011-2012:Donovan swam a strong third leg in the 200-yard freestyle relay at the 2012 MAC Championships, helping her team to third-place finish with a time of 1:31.13.

2010-11: Sprinter who swam to third place finishes in the 100 freestyle against Xavier and the 50 freestyle against Toledo and Ohio ... finished second in the 50 free against Evansville ... finished fifth in the 50 free and ninth in the 100 free at the Miami Invitational ... placed 15th in the 50 free at the MAC Championships ... was the third fastest RedHawk of the season in the 50 free with a time of 23.62 ... swam a personal-best in the 100 free with a 52.13.

High School: Four-year letter winner ... Captain as a senior ... State Champion 200 free relay ... team state runner-up twice ... All-American ... enters with top times in 50 freestyle (24.06) and 100 freestyle (52.90). Personal: Parents are Dean and Patti Donovan ... born January 6, 1992 ... graduated high school with first honors.

Donovan's Career Bests

(Top Times Through Mar. 13, 2013)

EventTime
50 Freestyle 23.12
100 Freestyle 51.26
200 Freestyle 1:52.79 
100 Backstroke 1:02.61
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