Luis Martinez, a transfer from Division II Missouri S&T, will make his Auburn debut on Thursday when the Tigers host the University of Texas in a dual meet, according to Auburn head coach Brett Hawke.
We reported in October that Martinez had signed a letter of intent to transfer to Auburn. He should bring an immediate boost to the Tigers and their butterfly group, which is already fairly strong led by Arthur Mendes, but in the deep-scoring SEC, depth is huge.
Martinez was the 2014 U.S. Junior National Championships runner-up in the 100 long course meter fly, swimming 53.34 – the best time on his resume (though he’s also solid in free, back, and the 200 fly).
Martinez didn’t swim any meets for Missouri S&T, though it’s still classified as a transfer, so his yards resume is still rather thin.
His introduction will be head-on into a firestorm that is the Texas butterfly group – which may be the deepest ever assembled at the NCAA level. They have the top two swimmers in the country already this year (Joseph Schooling – 45.59, Jack Conger – 45.76), and even though it’s only January, already have a total of seven guys under 47 seconds (Kip Darmody, Matt Ellis, Tripp Cooper, John Murray, and Will Glass).