Sam Martin makes splash for WSC

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Competing in the final women’s swim meet of the regular season, ex-Greenwave swimmer Sam Martin aims to improve on last year’s success at the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Championships for Western State Colorado University today.

Martin won two events in last year’s championships and broke the school record in one of those events, the 200-yard backstroke. Even though she didn’t win during the regular season finale, Martin said she’s swimming even better than last year after having shoulder surgery.

“The season is going great. I’m really excited to see what happens there,” Martin said. “I’m especially happy with how I am swimming since I had shoulder surgery less than a year ago.”

In a three-team dual against Colorado Mesa and its club team, WSC earned two event victories, with Martin recording a fifth-place finish in the 150 back. She also took sixth in the 200-yard medley relay and ninth in the 100-yard individual medley.

“I have been able to hit personal bests in multiple events so far and expect even more this week at championships,” Martin added.

Western — a Division II school located in Gunnison, a small mountain town with a population under 6,000 ­— took fifth in the conference championships when Martin had a breakout performance.

Martin won the 75 back and 200 back, and finished second in the 100 back, 200 butterfly and 50 back. She also took third in the 100 and 50 fly, and fourth in 200 IM, 400 IM and 50 freestyle.

Martin’s times in the 75 back and 200 back are still a school record.


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