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Eric Donnelly
  • Senior
  • Seven-Time All-American
  • SEC 400y Individual Medley Champion
  • Sarasota, Fla. (Cardinal Mooney)
  • Individual Medley, Distance Freestyle
  • Club Coach: Anthony Nesty
Collegiate Bests
400 IM 3:45.00 (SECs, 2000)
500 Free 4:22.47 (SECs, 2000)
1650 Free 15:20.18 (SECs, 2000)

UF All-Time Rankings: Ranks second in the 400 IM (3:45.00) and 10th in the 200 fly (1:46.38).

National/International Competition: Qualified for the USA Swimming All-America Team in Summer 2001...medaled at the Goodwill Games in Summer 2001, placing second in the 200-meter butterfly...also finished fourth at the Goodwill Games in the 400-meter individual medley...Finished second in the 400 individual medley and third in the 200-fly at U.S. Nationals in Summer 2001... Was part of the 6th place 800-meter freestyle relay (7:44.72), placed 7th in the 400 meter IM (4:24.32) and 6th in the 200-meter butterfly (2:00.38) at the 2001 World Championship Trials...Was part of the third-place 800-meter freestyle relay team that swam the event in 7:33.11 at the 2000 U.S. Open...swam in the 2000 U.S. Olympic Trials and was finalist in 400 IM and 200 fly... member of U.S. Swimming National Team...placed 23rd in 200 fly at 1999 U.S. Open with time of 2:06.30...won silver medal at Pan Am Games in Winnipeg, Canada, with time of 4:17.88 (fifth fastest time in American history) in the 400 individual medley...that time ranks him fifth in the world currently...placed second at 1999 Senior Nationals in 400 individual the 1998 Phillips 66 Summer Nationals, placed third in the 400-meter IM with a personal-best time of 4:21.67, earning him selection to the Pan Am team...also had personal best in the 400 free at Phillips 66 Summer Nationals (3:58.86) and his top individual performance in the 1500 free to finish ninth in the event (15:41.31)...placed seventh in the 400-meter IM at the 1998 Spring Senior National Championships...also at the '98 Spring Nationals finished eighth in the 1,500 free and 13th in the 400 the '97 U.S. Open, took seventh in the 1500 free and ninth in the 400 IM...posted two first-place finishes (500y free at Oakland and 400y IM vs. FAU).

2000-2001: Earned three All-American honors...Member of the 800-yard free relay team (6:28.28) that came in 6th, individually came in 7th in the 400-yard IM (3:45.53) at the NCAA Championships...Came in fourth in the 2001 SEC Championships in both the 400-yard IM (3:46.95) and 200-yard butterfly (1:45.45)...placed fifth in the 500-yard freestyle (4:43.28) in a dual meet with Tennessee...won the 200-yard butterfly at Florida Atlantic/Indian River tri-meet...won the 200-yard butterfly at TCU with a time of 1:52.42...placed second in the 200-yard backstroke at Florida State with a time of 1:55.55...finished sixth in the 1,000-yard freestyle (9:42.23), seventh in the 200-yard butterfly (1:53.42) and eighth in the 500-yard freestyle (4:45.35) against Michigan...placed fifth in the 400-yard individual medley with a time of 4:05.58 at the SEC Eastern Division Dual Meet Extravaganza...finished ninth in the 1,650-yard freestyle (16:04.83) and 11th in the 200-yard butterfly (1:54.27) at the same meet.

1999-2000: At NCAA Championships, finished fifth in the 400m IM with time of 4:11.89, earning first team All-America honors...earned honorable mention All-America honors as a member of the 800m freestyle relay team that placed 12th with a time of 7:17.33...placed 26th in 1,500-meter free, clocking 15:24.10... at SEC Championships, took first place in 400-yard IM with time of 3:45.00, automatically qualifying for NCAA Championships...placed sixth in 1650-yard free, with time of 15:20.18...placed seventh in 500-yard free, touching the wall in 4:23.90...named to SEC Academic Honor Roll...GTE Academic All-America nominee.

1998-99: Received two All-American honorable mention honors for the Gators at NCAAs...won the consolation final of the 400 IM, clocking a season-best time of 3:48.26 to place ninth...also finished 15th on the Gators 800 free relay foursome (6:34.34) other individual competition at NCAAs, touched 23rd in the 1650 free (15:29.15) and 35th in the 500 free (4:27.01) the SEC Championships, finished third in the 400 IM, clocking an automatic time of 3:49.10...took eighth place in the 500 free in provisional time of 4:26.79...finished ninth in the 200 fly in a consideration time of the Speedo Cup Invitational in December, swam a NCAA automatic time of 3:48.43 (fifth fastest in nation entering NCAAs) to win 400 IM on Dec. 4...clocked personal bests in the 500- (4:26.31) and 1650 free (15:21.09) also at the Speedo Cup to place runner-up in both events.

High School: 1998 graduate of Cardinal Mooney High School...earned All-American accolades in both the 500-yard free and 200 IM during high school career...two-time Florida High School State 4A champion in the 500 free, winning as a senior in a school-record and personal-best time of 4:27.10 which ranked second-fastest in the nation among independent schools for 1997...touched in third at the state meet last year in the 200 IM (1:51.99), also breaking a Cardinal Mooney mark...finished high school career with five school records and was a three-time selection as most valuable swimmer... high school coach was Deb Walker at Cardinal club team member of Swim Florida, swam under current assistant coach and Gator Great Anthony Nesty.

Club: Member of Swim Florida Club coached by UF assistant coach Anthony Nesty.

Personal: Born Eric Ryan Donnelly on June 8, 1980 in Sarasota, Fla...son of James and Kandace Donnelly...excellent student...has twin sister (Erin) who also attends UF...father, James, was a swimmer at Northern Michigan where he earned All-American honors...majoring in civil engineering.

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