IRVINE, Calif. -- Following her successful 2013 campaign which included a Big Ten title and NCAA All-American accolades, Badgers’ junior Ivy Martin declared her extreme interest in earning a spot on the U.S. National team to UW head coach Whitney Hite.
Those aspirations took a large leap on Sunday as Martin earned a first-place finish in the 50-meter freestyle at the 2013 U.S. Open in Irvine, Calif.
After failing to crack the national top-25 in the 50-meter freestyle last year, Martin’s winning time of 25.11 ranks her as the eighth-fastest American in the event this year. She now also ranks 31st in the world in the event.
Martin was one of four Americans to earn U.S. Open titles during the final day of competition.
As a sophomore, Martin set a new Big Ten record in the 50-yard freestyle, swimming to a time of 21.84 in the event. The time broke Beckie Thompson’s previous school record by .10 seconds. She finished sixth at the NCAA Championships with a time of 22.03, the highest finish among Wisconsin women swimmers at the competition.