Iowa City's Ruby Martin advances to 200 butterfly finals at U.S. Olympic Team Swimming Trials

Martin, 16, is seeded eighth in Thursday's final at Omaha, Neb., where the top two placements qualify for the U.S. Olympic Team

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UPDATE: Martin finished fourth in Thursday night's finals.

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Iowa City’s Ruby Martin, 16, advanced to the finals of the 200-meter butterfly during the United States Olympic Team Swim Trials Wednesday in Omaha, Neb.

Martin – who swims for the Iowa Flyers club team – advanced after a pair of strong swims in the preliminary and semifinal rounds.

Martin qualified for an Iowa-best eight events in Omaha, with the 100-meter butterfly and 200 butterfly being her signature events. She is a two-time silver medalist in 200 butterfly at the USA Swimming Junior Championships.

Martin finished 11th in the morning 200 butterfly preliminary heat with a time of 2:11.62, well within the top-16 places needed for semifinal qualification.

Martin bested her preliminary time by nearly a full second (2:10.67) and finished eighth in the evening semifinal, which earned the Iowa City West junior-to-be the final spot in Thursday’s final.

The top-two placewinners in Thursday’s final will qualify for the U.S. Olympic Team.

Thursday’s finals will be televised at 7 p.m. Iowa time on NBC.

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