Chloe Sutton: Swimming

 Sutton is the first American to compete at the Olympic Games in open water and pool events.

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. 

As an open water swimmer, Sutton is a three-time medallist, and is an two-time medallist in the swimming pool. She won the first international medal of her career at the 2006 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships, winning the 10-kilometer open water event. The following year, at the 2007 Pan American Games, she won gold in the same event.
At the 2008 FINA World Open Water Swimming Championships, Sutton won the bronze medal in the women's 5-kilometer open water event, finishing behind Russians Larisa Ilchenko and Ekaterina Seliverstova.[2] Sutton qualified for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing at the test event in Beijing by beating compatriot Kirsten Groome.[3] At the Olympics, Sutton finished in twenty-second place with a time of 2:02:13.6.[4]
In 2009, Sutton qualified for the 2009 World Aquatics Championships by finishing second in 400-meter freestyle and first in the 800-meter freestyle at the 2009 National Championships.[5][6] At the 2009 World Aquatics Championships, Sutton's best performance was eighth place in the 1,500-meter freestyle.[7]
At the 2010 National Championships, the selection meet for the 2010 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships and the 2011 World Aquatics Championships, Sutton placed eighth in the 200-meter freestyle, third in the 400-meter freestyle, and first in the 800-meter freestyle.[8][9][10] At the 2010 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships, Sutton won gold in the 400-meter freestyle and silver in the 800-meter freestyle, the first medals of her career in the pool.[11][12] Sutton also competed in the 10-kilometer open water event, but was disqualified.[13]
At the end of 2010, Sutton competed at the 2010 FINA Short Course World Championships in Dubai, but finished out of medal contention. She placed fourth in the 400-meter freestyle and seventh in the 800-meter freestyle.[14][15]
In June 2012, Sutton became the first American to make Olympic swimming teams in both open water and pool events. At the 2012 United States Olympic Trials, she earned a spot for the U.S. team at the 2012 Summer Olympics in the 400-meter freestyle to go along with her 2008 Olympic appearance in the open water event.[16] In the 400-meter freestyle final, Sutton placed second behind Allison Schmitt. She also competed in the 800-meter freestyle and finished fourth in the final.

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.