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Bellingham Bay’s Carlton turns in strong swim at U.S. Olympic Trials

Bellingham Bay Swim Team member Emma Carlton readies to enter the pool during her final practice in Bellingham before the U.S. Olympic Trials on Thursday, June 23, at Arne Hanna Aquatic Center.
Bellingham Bay Swim Team member Emma Carlton readies to enter the pool during her final practice in Bellingham before the U.S. Olympic Trials on Thursday, June 23, at Arne Hanna Aquatic Center. eabell@bhamherald.com

Bellingham Bay Swim Team member Emma Carlton had the 111th-fastest time in the preliminaries of the 100-meter butterfly at the U.S. Olympic Swim Trials on Sunday in Omaha, Neb.

Carlton, who will be a junior at Mount Vernon High School this fall, turned in a time of 1 minute, 1.97 seconds – just more than a second off her qualifying mark for the event, but she was one of only 13 swimmers born since 2000 in a field of 135.

The University of Kentucky’s Kelsi Worrell had the top preliminary time of 56.84 seconds. The top 16 swimmers advanced to the event semifinals later Sunday, and the final was scheduled for later Monday.

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