June 11, 2013
As part of its year-end look back, UW Athletics profiles 10 candidates this week leading up to the announcement of the 2012-13 Athlete of the Year awards this Friday. Today, we profile Athlete of the Year candidate Ivy Martin of the women’s swimming team.
MADISON, Wis. – The 2012-13 season could not have ended any better for sophomore Ivy Martin.
Not only did the two-time Big Ten Swimmer of the Week earn the Madison Sports Hall of Fame Club’s Sportswoman of the Year award, but she also capped off a historic season by finishing sixth in the 50-yard freestyle at the NCAA championships.
The 2013 NCAA All-American began to gain notoriety following her first-place finish in the 50-yard freestyle at the Big Ten championships. Not only did Martin set new Big Ten and school records in the event, but she also became just the second woman in Big Ten history to break the 22-second barrier.
The first-team All-Big Ten honoree was invaluable to the Badgers, earning 25 of UW’s 249 total points en route to her all-conference honors.
Martin continued her strong season at the NCAA championships. Aside from earning a top-10 finish in the 50-yard freestyle, the sophomore also led the 200-yard freestyle relay team to a 10th-place finish, adding an honorable mention all-america honor to her list of other notable awards.