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Wisconsin's record-holding swimmer aiming for Olympics

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MADISON (WKOW) -- As a junior, Wisconsin's Ivy Martin is already one of the best female swimmers the Badgers have ever had. In 2013, Martin broke the Big Ten record in the 50-yard freestyle (21.84) and at the 2014 Big Ten Championships in Minneapolis, Martin broke the record in the 100-free (47.78).

"She does some things that are unlike anybody I've ever seen, and I've been around Olympians and American record holders," Wisconsin head coach Whitney Hite said. "She's got some talent that can't really be taught. "

After she graduates from the University of Wisconsin, Martin hopes to have the opportunity to qualify for the 2016 Olympics in Rio.


"I think it's a lot of swimmers dreams to someday be in the Olympics, but I guess my recent success in college has made it a little more realistic," Martin said.

"She's got a chance," Hite said. "Being on the U.S. National Team, it means she's top six in the country in your event and she's on the U.S. National Team, so that does mean she does have a chance and that's really all you can ask for is a shot."

Martin is currently training for the NCAA Women's Championships, which begin on March 20th in Minneapolis. Martin finished 6th in the 50-yard freestyle at the Championships in 2013.


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