Iowa City West's Ruby Martin picks Arizona State

Swimming standout 'excited' to join Sun Devils program

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IOWA CITY — Iowa City West senior Ruby Martin announced on her Twitter page Thursday night that she has committed to swim collegiately at Arizona State University.

Martin, 17, who was recently selected to the U.S. Junior National Team, just missed making the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team, finishing fourth in the 200-meter butterfly at the Olympic Trials. She won that event earlier this summer at the U.S. Open Championships in East Meadow, N.Y., in a time of 2 minutes, 10.18 seconds.

“I’m proud to announce my verbal commitment to swim at Arizona State University,” Martin tweeted out Thursday night. “I’m excited to join Coach (Bob) Bowman and my future teammates. Go Sun Devils!”

Bowman is the longtime coach of the most decorated Olympian of all time, Michael Phelps, and served as head men’s coach for Team USA at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Bowman’s swimmers have set 43 world records and more than 50 American records under his guidance. Martin is considered a top contender for a spot on the 2020 Olympic team.

Martin picked Arizona State over Michigan, Iowa, Georgia and Florida.

After being one of 30 selected to the junior national team earlier this month, Martin left the West swimming team after competing in two dual meets. In August she decided to swim for the Women of Troy for the first time after pursuing her collegiate and Olympic goals as a member of the Iowa Flyers club team. However, the time commitments for the national team didn’t allow Martin to finish the season with the Women of Troy.

West Coach Byron Butler told The Gazette earlier this week national team commitments wouldn’t allow Martin to compete in the regional meet on Oct. 28 that determines qualifiers for the state meet the following week in Marshalltown.

Martin’s older brother Oliver, who was a three-sport standout at West, is now a freshman receiver on the University of Michigan football team.

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