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Laura Martensen
Laura Martensen

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Oak Park, Ill.

High School:
Fenwick

Position:
Free/Fly/IM


2005-06: Finished fifth in the 1000 free (10:34.81) at the Horizon League Championships...took seventh in the 500 free at the league finals (5:09.89)...swam a 4:44.52 in the 400 IM league finals...turned in a time of 17:53.09 in the 1650 free finals...won the 1000 free in 10:57.45 at UW-Milwaukee...finished first in the 1000 free (11:02.96) against Valparaiso...took second in the 1000 free (10:57.09) against Wright State...finished third in the 1000 free (11:03.35) against Cleveland State and Youngstown State...swam a 5:26.08 in the 500 free against Cleveland State and Youngstown State.

2004-05: Set school record in 500-yard freestyle with a 5:07.66 at the Horizon League Championships...team leader in 1000 free with a 10:42.96 at the league championships...led team in 1650 free with a time of 18:08.66 at league meet...set team's fourth-best 200 free time with a 1:58.71 at the league championships...opened season with two second-place finishes against Eastern Illinois...won the 1000-yard freestyle against Western Illinois with a 10:59.47...took home another 1000 free title (10:58.25) against Valpo.

2003-04: Swam to team's second-leading 1000 free time with a 10:50.21...turned in a solid 18:04.26 in the 1650 freestyle while battling the flu at the Horizon League Championships...swam the 200-yard butterfly in 2:19.71 at Ball State...won first event of the season in the opener at Eastern Illinois, winning the 1000-yard freestyle in 10:52.30...season-best 500-yard freestyle time was a 5:17.72 against Butler...won the 1000 free at Ball State meet in 10:50.64.

2002-03: Earned team's Swimmer of the Year and Newcomer of the Year accolades after outstanding freshman season...turned in eight first-place finishes throughout the year while leading the Flames in 21 individual freestyle events over the course of the season...led team in 500-yard freestyle with 5:08.51 at league finals, earning fifth place...established season-best 1000-yard free time of 10:41.78 in her first meet, taking the event win against Eastern Illinois...also won the 500-yard free in 5:15.55 in season opener...part of then-school record 800-yard freestyle relay that combined for a 7:52.26 at the Horizon League Championships...swam second-best 1650 freestyle on team with a 17:42.2 at league championships to place fourth overall...set a 1:03.62 career-best time in the 100 fly and a 2:16.36 top mark in the 200 fly...second-leading 400 IM performer with a 4:42.70.

Prep/Personal: Four-year letterwinner in distance, butterfly and IM events for Fenwick...captained the Friars during both her junior and senior years...four-time state qualifier...also competed on the water polo team...swam for the Chicago Latin club team...born January 21, 1984...daughter of Lillian Martensen...major is English Education.

Career Best Times

Event			Time		Date
500-yard Freestyle	          5:07.66*	         2-24-05
1000-yard Freestyle	10:41.78	         10-26-02
1650-yard Freestyle	17:42.20	         3-1-03
400-yard IM		 4:42.70	         3-1-03

*UIC Record

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