She is a well-spoken ambassador of the sport of swimming who has given numerous speeches and motivational talks to individuals of all ages and was labeled one of the 15 Hottest Female Athletes to Watch at the Olympics by Ryan Seacrest.
Sutton was born in Vandenberg Air Force Base California in 1992, the daughter of David and Wendy Sutton. Her father is an United States Air Force [Officer who was in the Pentagon at the time of the September 11 attacks a Sutton became a professional swimmer in 2009, bypassing her NCAA eligibility.
As an open water swimmer, Sutton is a three-time medalist in international competitions and a two-time international medalist 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 in Sevilla, Spain, Sutton won the bronze medal in the women's 5-kilometer open water event, finishing behind Russians Larisa Ilchenko and Ekaterina Seliverstova. Sutton qualified for the 2008 Beijing Olympics at the test event in Beijing by beating compatriot Kirsten Groome.
National Champion in the 800m free for the second year in a row ... winner of the 2009-2010 USA Swimming Grand Prix Series ... placed eighth in the 1500m free at the 2009 FINA World Championships ... won the 5K at the 2009 Open Water National Championships ... competed in the 10K marathon swim at the 2008 Olympic Games ... won the 10K Beijing Test Event, qualifying for the 2008 Olympic Games ... earned bronze in the 5K at the 2008 Open Water World Championships ... defended her national title in the 10K and won the 5K at the 2007 Open Water National Championships ... took gold in the 10K at the 2007 Pan Am Games ... Competed at the 2007 World Championships ... won gold in the 10K at the 2007 London World Cup ... took silver in the 10K at the Seville World Cup ... won gold in the 1500m free at the 2006 Victorian State Championships as a member of the U.S. National Junior Team.
Olympics History: 2008: 22, 10K
World Championships History: 2009: 8, 1500m FR; 10, 800m FR; 13, 400m FR
Open Water Swimming World Championships History: 2008: Bronze, 5K ... 2007: 12, 5K; 28, 10K
Pan Pacific Swimming Championships History: 2010: Gold, 400m FR; Silver, 800m FR ... 2006: Gold, 10K
Pan American Games History: 2007: Gold, 10K
U.S. National Swimming Championships History: 2010: 1, 800m FR; 3, 400m FR; 8, 200m FR ... 2009: 1, 800m FR/OW 5K; 2, 400m FR; 4, OW 10K; 18, 200m FR
Holds National Age Group (NAG) (11-12) in 1650y FR, set at 2005 SE HBT "Winter Long Shot" ... Holds NAG (11-12) in 1000y FR, set at 2005 SE HBT "Winter Long Shot" ... Former NAG (11-12) holder in 1500m FR, set at 2004 PC NCSA LC JRNATS ... Former NAG (11-12) holder in 800m FR, set at 2004 SN Summer Sanders Invite
800m Free (2): '10 SUM, '09 SUM