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Hawley competed at the 2005 NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships for the first time after being named to the All-Big Ten second team. Hawley garnered honorable mention All-America status by finishing in the top 16 at the NCAA Championships. She finished 12th in the 1650 freestyle with her second best time of the year in 16:17.70. She had several outstanding finishes at the Big Ten Championships, including a second-place finish in the 1650 freestyle (16:16.59) with the second best time in school history. Hawley also finished third in the 400 IM (4:17.56) and sixth in the 500 freestyle (4:49.06).
Hawley had a strong first year and placed 11th in the 1650 freestyle at the Big Ten Championships with a time of 16:40.93. She also had top times in the 200 butterfly (2:05.41) and 400 IM (4:21.27) at the Georgia Invitational.
Hawley had some impressive credentials out of Barnstable High School. She made national qualifying times in the 400-yard IM (4:22.94), 400-meter freestyle (4:20.84), and the 1650-yard freestyle (16:38.91) and was the first woman from her team to qualify. She was the No. 1 miler in New England for four years in a row. She was captain of the Cape Cod Swim Club her senior year.
Claire Hawley was born on Dec. 30, 1984. Her parents are Joseph and Sarah Hawley. She has one sister, Kate. Hawley is majoring in finance with a minor in spanish.
Why I chose Penn State:
"I chose Penn State because of its outstanding reputation of athletics and academics, as well as the huge school spirit."