Kathleen Baker, right, celebrates with Olivia Smoliga after the women’s 100-meter backstroke final at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials in Omaha, Neb., Tuesday. Smoliga was first and Baker second, putting both on the U.S. team that will compete in Rio.
Kathleen Baker, right, celebrates with Olivia Smoliga after the women’s 100-meter backstroke final at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials in Omaha, Neb., Tuesday. Smoliga was first and Baker second, putting both on the U.S. team that will compete in Rio. Orlin Wagner AP
Kathleen Baker, right, celebrates with Olivia Smoliga after the women’s 100-meter backstroke final at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials in Omaha, Neb., Tuesday. Smoliga was first and Baker second, putting both on the U.S. team that will compete in Rio. Orlin Wagner AP

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For swimmer Kathleen Baker, 19, road to Olympics ran between Winston-Salem, Charlotte

July 01, 2016 6:56 PM

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