John Martens is a distance specialist in his third year at the University of Texas. Born July 8, 1994 in Honolulu, Martens grew up in Aurora, Colo. with his two sisters, Olivia and Victoria. Martens chose to study Civil Engineering, a difficult major in the double life as a student-athlete. He attended Grandview High School where he was a Colorado State Champion in the 200 fly. Martens dated American standout, Missy Franklin, which got him a flood of media attention around the 2012 Olympics.
University of Texas
In his freshman year Martens swam multiple events showing off his versatility: 500 free, 200 back, 400 IM, 200 fly, 1,650, 200 breaststroke, and 200 free. At the Big 12 Championships he raced the 400 IM, finishing third, the the 500 free, finishing fifth, and the 1,650, finishing seventh.
Martens did not compete at the Big 12 Championships.
Martens was the 2011 Colorado State Champion in the 200 freestyle. At the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials he 200m butterfly, 400m IM, 1500m freestyle, and 400m freestyle.