Bellingham’s Emma Carlton, 15, qualified for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials in the 100-meter butterfly on Saturday, March 19, at the West Coast Sectionals at Federal Way.
Carlton’s winning time of 1 minute, 0.84 seconds in the event is the nation’s third-fastest in her age group.
The Olympic Trials will be held June 26-July 3 in Omaha, Neb.
Carlton also placed fourth in the 50 freestyle (26.35 seconds), sixth in the 100 freestyle (57.70) and joined Emma Frey, Yanran Le and Sydney Wong to win a title in the 400 medley relay with a Junior National-qualifying and new Pacific Northwest-record time of 4:18.21. The time is the fastest for their age group in the country this year. The four also placed second in the 200 medley relay (1:57.97).
Le placed sixth in the 200 breaststroke (2:42.02), and Frey qualified for Junior Nationals in the 100 backstroke while leading off in the 400 medley relay.
Overall the Bellingham Bay Swim Team placed fifth at the meet.