Incoming Swimmer Bonnie Macdonald Set for World Open Water Championships

July 19, 2013

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Incoming Alabama swimming and diving freshman Bonnie Macdonald will compete in the World Open Water Championships this weekend in Barcelona, Spain.

Macdonald, who will be swimming for her native Australia, is making her third appearance at the World Championships following berths in 2009 and 2011. A three-time Australian Open Water 5-kilometer champion, Macdonald and the rest of the field will compete on July 20 at Moll de la Fusta.

Coached by Denis Cotterell at Miami Swimming Club, Macdonald swam in the Junior Pan Pacific Championships, winning the gold medal in the 1500m freestyle and silver medal in the 800m freestyle. She also competed for Australia at the FINA Junior World Championships, winning the 800m freestyle with a championship record and taking silver in the 400m freestyle.