Independent Study High School student to compete in Olympics

Chloe Sutton
Chloe Sutton

Chloe Sutton, a student in UNL's Independent Study High School, is competing in the London 2012 Summer Olympic games.

Sutton, who is participating in her second Olympics, represents the United States in the 400-meter freestyle swim. She qualified for Team U.S.A. at the swim trials in Omaha with a personal-best swim of 4 minutes, 4.18 seconds.

In the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Sutton recorded a 22nd-place finish in the 10K open water swimming marathon.

When Sutton swims the 400m freestyle on July 29, she will become the first U.S. Olympian to compete in both pool and open water events.

Sutton said her experience at UNL's Independent Study High School gave her the flexibility to balance her education with demanding training and competition schedules.

"It has been an amazing experience being a part of the UNL ISHS program," Sutton said. "The flexibility helps me be a better athlete. I am thankful to have such a great education from such a great school."

UNL also has 18 current and former Huskers — 15 student athletes and three coaches — who will take part in the 2012 Summer Olympics. Those individuals include:

— Therese Alshammar, women's swimming (Sweden)
— Chelsea Aubry, women's basketball (Canada)
— Jan Birdman, coach, swimming and diving (Canada)
— Jordan Burroughs, wrestling (United States)
— Ade Dagunduro, men's basketball (Nigeria)
— Gyorgyi Farkas, track and field (Hungary)
— Lehann Fourie, track and field (South Africa)
— Jordan Larson, volleyball (United States)
— Karina LeBlanc, women's soccer (Canada)
— Janis Leitis, track and field (Latvia)
— Peggy Liddick, coach, women's gymnastics (Australia)
— Mark Manning, coach, wrestling (United States)
— Alex Maric, men's basketball (Australia)
— Chantae McMilla, track and field (United States)
— Carl Myerscough, track and field (Great Britain)
— Amber Neben, cycling (United States)
— Ineta Radevica, track and field (Latvia)
— Brittany Timko, women's soccer (Canada)

For more information on the Huskers in the Olympics, go to