Kiersten Donnelly ’21 Signs with University of New Hampshire

Friday, November 13, 2020
Kiersten Donnelly ’21 with (back row, from left) assistant coach Steve Fowler, head coach
Glenn Neufeld, and assistant coach Kelsey Steiner

Kiersten Donnelly ’21, a four-year member of Mercersburg’s swim team, has signed a national letter of intent to continue her athletic and academic career at the University of New Hampshire. UNH is an NCAA Division I school which competes in the America East Conference; the Wildcats are the defending America East women’s swimming champions.

The 5-foot 7-inch Donnelly, of Pottstown, PA, has made six finals appearances at the Eastern Interscholastic Swimming and Diving Championships, including four last winter as an 11th grader, when she placed seventh in the 100-yard backstroke and tied for seventh in the 100 butterfly and was a member of Mercersburg’s fifth-place 200 medley relay and eighth-place 400 free relay. (As a 10th grader, she placed fifth at Easterns in both the 100 back and 100 breast.)

Out of the pool at Mercersburg, Donnelly has served as a dormitory prefect and Peer Group Leader and has been named an AP Scholar.

“Kiersten has been a huge part of our program and our success since she arrived at Mercersburg,” says Glenn Neufeld, the Blue Storm’s head swim coach. “She is one of the hardest working athletes I’ve ever had, and leads by example and by deed. She will be missed by her teammates and her coaches when she heads off to college.”

Donnelly swims at the club level for the Upper Main Line YMCA in Berwyn, PA. She competed in five events at the YMCA Long Course Nationals last summer. 

Her top times are:
50 back: 27.89
100 back: 57.47
200 back: 2:06.70
50 fly: 27.09
100 fly: 57.11
200 fly: 2:07.00

Donnelly is the first athlete in Mercersburg’s Class of 2021 to sign a national letter of intent. Last year, 20 members of the school’s Class of 2020 made commitments to continue their academic and athletic careers at the college level.