OMAHA, Neb. – College of Saint Mary Swim Coach Cole Malin is adding a veteran swimmer to his team with the recent signing of Susana Martinez.
She is the daughter of Martin and Patricia Martinez and is from Colonial Heights, Va.
Martinez recently completed her undergraduate degree from Union College with a double major in Bachelor of Science Exercise Science and Bachelor of Science Human Performance. She'll be attending CSM to get her Master of Science in Kinesiology and Exercise Science, while also completing her final year of athletic eligibility.
"I know that the Master of Science in Kinesiology and Exercise Science degree program at CSM will help me in my future plans," Martinez said. "I love the small school atmosphere. And being able to finish out my NAIA swimming eligibility at CSM was a pleasant bonus."
Martinez has been swimming competitively since she was four. At Union she was a CSCAA Scholar All-America, NAIA Champion of Character, was named to the Athletic Director Honor Roll and was an NAIA National Championship competitor three seasons.
Her favorite sports hero is open water swimmer Lynn Cox and her hobbies outside of swimming include painting, spending time with family and listening to music.
Her favorite sports moment ever was after she had just completed a 27-mile river race in North Dakota, saying "When I finally reached the finish line and walked out of the water after eight hours of swimming – I grabbed a hamburger to eat. I didn't realize how hungry I was until I ate my first bite."
Malin said Martinez will help strengthen CSM's distance freestyle races and individual medley events.
"It is great to announce the addition of Susana to the CSM Swim Team next season," Malin said. "Susana has high goals and I am excited to see what she can do in the classroom and in the water. She has a lot of experience and will be a leader immediately next season. And I'm excited to get to train a swimmer who swam a 27-mile river race."