Prep Sports

Martin sisters, Forrest Frazier swim against nation's best

Ruby Martin placed third in 200 fly, eighth in 100 fly

Scarlet Martin (left), Ruby Martin, Eastern Iowa Swimming Federation owner and head coach Megan Oesting, and Forrest Frazier pose at the TYR Pro Swim Series event in Mesa, Ariz. (EISF)
Scarlet Martin (left), Ruby Martin, Eastern Iowa Swimming Federation owner and head coach Megan Oesting, and Forrest Frazier pose at the TYR Pro Swim Series event in Mesa, Ariz. (EISF)

MESA, Ariz — Iowa City swimmers Ruby Martin, Forrest Frazier and Scarlet Martin of the Eastern Iowa Swimming Federation competed last weekend in the TYR Pro Swim Series.

Nine national junior team and 42 Team USA swimmers competed at the event this past weekend.

Ruby Martin finished third in the 200-meter butterfly with a time of 2 minutes, 12.74 seconds, slightly slower than her time in preliminaries of 2:11.86. She finished eighth in the 100 butterfly with a time of 1:01.18. Martin’s time in the preliminaries (1:00.31) was just off her best time of :59.81.

“Ruby competed well above her seeds, gaining ground on her national team rivals and moving one more step closer to her longtime goal of competing on the US Senior National Team,” EISF owner and coach Megan Oesting said in a release. “She’s been diligent in her preparations and I’m so proud of her progress.”

Olympic Coach Bob Bowman, Ruby’s future coach with the Arizona State, was impressed, too.

“She’s come a long way in the last few months,” he said in the release. “We’re excited about her progress and her commitment to representing Team USA and Arizona State in the fall.”

Frazier finished 18th in the 200-meter breaststroke (2:23.03). In preliminaries, he swam a best time of 2:21.77, breaking his own Iowa state record from August 2017. His 20th place finish in the 100-meter breaststroke (1:04.90) broke the state record set by Kiel Huston in 2001.

Scarlet Martin, the youngest competitor in the field at 13, qualified for finals in every event she swam, proving she can race with girls with far more size, strength and experience.

Scarlet finished 29th in the 100-meter butterfly (1:04.47), 29th in the 200-meter butterfly (2:24.15) and 26th in the 50-meter butterfly (:28.95).

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“It was really neat to see all the Olympians on deck and in the warm up pool,” she said. “I liked seeing them up close. They are awesome.”

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