On Monday, Olympian Chloe Sutton announced she will no longer train with the Mission Viejo Nadadores.
A Facebook post announced Sutton is joining the iX3Sports team. Fellow Nadador and U.S. Team member Ashley Twichell will also join the Raleigh, North Carolina team.
Here's Sutton's Facebook statement:
"Once a nadador, always a nadador, but after 6 amazing years with MVN, I have decided to make a change in my life and I will be moving to Raleigh, NC. I'm now going to be training with [iX3]sports at the Triangle Aquatic Center under Coach John Payne. Though I'm sad to be leaving the Nadadores, I am so excited about this new opportunity and all of the amazing things that I have ahead of me!" Commenters on the swim blog swimswam.com speculated that Sutton might be leaving for better pay, for the new team's Christian focus or because of her father's highly-transitory military career.
Sutton competed in both the 2008 summer Olympics as a 16 year old and in the 2012 contest. She is known as a distance swimmer who has competed in both open water and pool events. She was the first athlete to compete in both open water and lap swimming events in a single Olympics.