Cap­i­tal’s Martin medals in two events at state

The Olympian - - Sports - BY AARON LOMMERS Con­tribut­ing writer preps@the­new­stri­bune.com

Cap­tial ju­nior Cam­den Martin didn’t quite get the times she wanted at the 3A state swim­ming and div­ing cham­pi­onships, held at the King County Aquat­ics Cen­ter on Satur­day, but when it was over the two medals she wore around her neck still brought a smile to her face.

Martin placed fifth in the 100-yard back­stroke with a time of 59.32 sec­onds, and added an eighth-place fin­ish in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:20.63.

“They weren’t my best times, for sure, and I was re­ally dis­ap­pointed about that,” Martin said. “But, look­ing at the plac­ings even if I would’ve got my best times, I still would’ve got the places that I got. It just shows that I can def­i­nitely im­prove more.

“Even though I didn’t have my best times, it’s still great to medal at state in two events and to just be up there with the best of the best in our state.”

Black Hills ju­nior Emma Pry­byl­ski placed third in the 500 freestyle, fin­ish­ing with a time of 5:25.25. Her se­nior team­mate, Rylee Den­ney, placed fourth in the 100 but­ter­fly with a time of 1:00.64.

Martin will get that chance at im­prove­ment next year as a se­nior, and her ex­pe­ri­ence at this year’s state meet helped show her what she needs to do to ac­com­plish her goal.

“I will def­i­nitely train a lot harder next year, and after club sea­son my tech­nique will be bet­ter,” Martin said. “I will come into next year with bet­ter times.

Martin’s times a week ago in the dis­trict tour­na­ment were bet­ter than her times at the state meet, but she didn’t feel it had to do with any­thing tech­ni­cal. To her, it was a sign she needs to calm down.

“Com­ing out of (dis­tricts) into (the state meet) I need to re­mem­ber that it’s just a swim meet and that I don’t al­ways do my best,” Martin said. “Next year, I’m go­ing to come back and work as hard as I can and try to im­prove on my dis­trict times at state next year.”

PETER HA­LEY pha­ley@the­new­stri­bune.com

Cap­i­tal’s Cam­den Martin ac­cepts her award for fifth place in the 100-me­ter back­stroke on Satur­day.

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