Claire Donahue's first competition since a late January surgery went as well as could be hoped.
The 2012 Olympic gold medalist finished first in the 100-yard butterfly and fourth in the 50-yard freestyle.
"It felt really good," she said. "Racing is my favorite part of swimming and to know I'm exactly where I need to be was really, really nice."
Finishing well was a confidence boost to know the effects of the surgery — which included the removal of the swimmer's appendix — were not as extreme as she may have thought.
"It relaxes me to know that I'm where I need to be," Donahue said. "Swimming in that meet was a good thing for me."
Training will now intensify as she works her way through the Arena Grand Prix Series and prepares for the 2013 Phillips 66 National Championships & World Championship Trials June 25-29.
"Now it's just training, training, training," she said. "This is the most intense it will get over the next few months."
Donahue will swim April 11-13 in Mesa, Ariz., May 9-12 in Charlotte, N.C., and May 30-June 2 in Santa Clara, Calif.
"Those are all grand prix meets, which is pretty much the biggest meet you can go to besides a national or international meet," the swimmer said. "I'm looking forward to seeing how I do against some pretty tough competition and just training as hard as I can up until the nationals at the end of June."
Donahue did suffer a minor setback from her surgery following her most recent competition.
"Last week I went back to the doctor," she said. "It didn't heal right, the incision didn't, so they had to cut me again. Luckily that was a very minor deal."