Aug. 10, 2014
• Final Results || 2014 U.S. Pan Pacific Championships Roster
IRVINE, Calif. -- She's got a thing for the 50 Free.
Ivy Martin was already both an NCAA All-American and Big Ten champion in the 50-yard freestyle when she entered competition earlier this week at the 2014 Phillips 66 National Championships in Irvine, California.
She left the pool of William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Complex on Sunday night as one of the world's best in the event.
Finishing second in the 50-meter freestyle at 24.72 seconds, Martin earned herself a spot on the USA National Team roster for the upcoming 2014 Pan Pacific Championships in Australia. She also shattered her lifetime best (25.10) with the top time in preliminaries at 24.62 to become the 11th-fastest 50 freestyler in the world this year.
"I was really excited about the outcome," Martin said. "I felt great in both my prelims and finals swims. I just wanted to try and stay calm and have fun. It is such an honor to represent the USA and I can't wait for the amazing experience."
Martin will not be the only Badger donning stars and stripes, as former teammate Michael Weiss also punched his own ticket for Australia earlier in the week finishing fourth in the 200-meter freestyle at one minute, 47.87 seconds.
The two will join the USA National Team for the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships in Gold Coast, Australia, from Aug. 21-25. The event features over 300 of the world's top swimmers from the USA, Japan, Canada, Brazil, New Zealand and Australia.
It was a busy week throughout for Martin, Weiss, and a number of Badgers at the Phillips 66 National Championships.
Martin swam a school record time in the 50-meter butterfly at 26.37 and finished fourth in the event. She was also part of another school record time, joining Wisconsin Aquatic teammates Aja Van Hout, Annie Tamblyn and Chase Kinney to finish in 3:46.02 for third place in the 400-meter freestyle relay.
Martin, Van Hout, Tamblyn and Dana Grindall secured a fifth-place finish (8:16.87) in the 800-meter freestyle relay.
In preliminaries of the 100-meter freestyle, Martin recorded her first time under 55 seconds at 54.92, before going on to finish 16th (55.81) in the finals.
Wisconsin Aquatics placed second in the men's 800-meter freestyle relay, as Nick Caldwell, Brett Pinfold, Cannon Clifton and Damon Zito clocked in at 7:24.99. For the men's 400-meter freestyle relay, Clifton, Pinfold, Caldwell and Zito finished fifth in a school record time of 3:22.41.
Weiss swam 4:16.97 and earned a sixth-place finish for the 400-meter individual medley.
Drew teDuits finished 11th in both the 100-meter backstroke (55.34) and the 200-meter backstroke (1:59.96).
Grindall placed 16th (1:00.31) in the 100-meter butterfly.
The 2014 Phillips 66 National Championships are held to serve as the USA National Team selection for not only the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships, but also the 2014 Jr. Pan Pacific Championships, 2015 World Championships, 2015 World University Games, and 2015 Pan American Games.