Claire Donahue, from Lenoir City, will be heading to London to compete in the Olympics next month.
She qualified Tuesday night after her performance in the 100-meter butterfly.
The former Western Kentucky University swimmer turned in a career-best time of 57.57 seconds in the 100-meter butterfly finals at the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials in Omaha, Neb., Tuesday night, finishing second in the race and punching her ticket to the 2012 Olympics in London.
This will be her first time competing in the games.
"It feels unbelievable to make it to the 2012 Olympics," Donahue said. "I have wanted this since I was a little girl. To be able to do this now is a dream come true. When I finished and saw that I was second, I did not even know what to think. At first I didn't believe it. I ripped off my cap and goggles and saw that I placed second, and I immediately had a huge grin from ear-to-ear. I am so thrilled to have this opportunity."
Lady Vol Kelsey Floyd and former Lady Vol Christine Magnuson also competed in the 100 meter fly but did not make the cut.