posted 03/29/14 at 3:44am
on Looking ahead to the Sweet 16
Sutton started her swimming career early. She was a member of the U.S. Junior National Team. In 2006, she won the 10-kilometer open water event at the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships. She defended her win in 2007. She also went on to win the 10-k open water at the London World Cup.
In 2008, she placed third at the FINA World Open Water Swimming Championships in the 5-kilometer open. That same year, she qualified for the Olympic Games. There, she finished twenty-second.
She went pro in 2009. During her first season as a professional, she won the 5K at the Open Water National Championships. She also took home silver in the 400-m freestyle and won the 800-m freestyle at the 2009 National Championships. Her performance there qualified her for the World Aquatics Championships. There, she placed eighth in the 1,500-m freestyle.
In 2010, she graduated high school through the University of Nebraska Independent Study Program. She forwent her college eligibility.
Sutton took eighth in the 200-m freestyle, first in the 800-m freestyle and third in teh 400-m freestyle at the 2010 National Championships. She qualified to move on to the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships, where she won the 400-m freestyle and placed second in the 800-m freestyle.
In 2012, Sutton qualified for the London Olympic games in the 400-m freestyle after placing second to Allison Schmitt. After qualifying for this event, she became the first American to make both the open water and pool swimming events at the Olympic Games.