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Bellingham swimmer qualifies for Olympic Trials with sectional win

Emma Carlton swims at the Pacific Northwest Swimming Championships July 24 at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way. Carlton won the 100-meter butterfly at the West Coast Sectionals on Saturday, March 19, and qualified for the U.S. Olympic Swim Trials.
Emma Carlton swims at the Pacific Northwest Swimming Championships July 24 at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way. Carlton won the 100-meter butterfly at the West Coast Sectionals on Saturday, March 19, and qualified for the U.S. Olympic Swim Trials. Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

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.

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