Incoming Freshman Bonnie Macdonald Posts Top-15 Finish at FINA World Championships

July 20, 2013

BARCELONA, Spain - Incoming University of Alabama swimmer Bonnie Macdonald posted her best finish in three appearances at the FINA World Championships, taking 14th in the women's 5-kilometer open water event at Moll de la Fusta harbor in Barcelona, Spain Saturday morning.

"It was a tight, very close race on a technical course," Macdonald said after the event. "All in all I am thrilled with how my preparation and racing has fallen back into place. (Now) I am looking forward to getting on with business at Alabama."

Macdonald shaved a minute and 30 seconds off her career-best time over a 5k course in her third World Championship appearance. The three-time Australian national 5k open water champion will begin her freshman season at Alabama in August.

"We're very proud of Bonnie and what she has accomplished," UA head coach Dennis Pursley said. "She has a tremendous work ethic and will be a boost to our program in so many areas. We can't wait to have her on campus and wearing the crimson and white of Alabama."

In addition to her World Championship success, Macdonald has competed internationally in the Junior Pan Pacific Championships, winning gold in the 1500m freestyle and silver in the 800m freestyle. She also competed at the FINA Junior World Championships, winning the 800m freestyle with a championship record and taking silver in the 400m freestyle.