Breaking a state record is enough to make any high school swimmer’s entire career.
Windham’s Alexis Martino, the 2020 Eagle-Tribune Winter Swimming MVP, broke two in one day at last month’s Division 2 state championship.
And only just a sophomore, Martino, already a two-time Eagle-Tribune All-Star, is showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon.
“She’s an incredibly talented swimmer,” said coach Sheryl Scott. “She’s just always ready to go and never cracks under pressure. She’s a pleasure to be around and watch swim.”
Martino’s fantastic day at D2 States helped the Jaguars take seventh overall. She started by breaking the state record in the 100 butterfly in 56.00 flat, beating the old mark set by Timberlane’s Taylor Hogan in 2017 (56.89). She then broke the state record in the 200 IM in 2:03.32, beating the old time of 2:03.71 set in 2014.
And for a finisher, Martino swam a leg on the third-place 200 freestyle relay team (1:45.39).
It was a day that she won’t forget.
But anyone paying attention would have seen it coming.
Martino won the 200 IM state championship last year as a freshman (2:08.05), and has already had tremendous success swimming for her Phoenix club team. She and her teammates are the New England record holders in the girls 15-18 400 freestyle relay (3:22.44), and also the national record holders in the girls 13-14 200 freestyle relay (1:47.25).
And besides dominating in the pool, Martino boasts a 4.15 GPA and is a member of SALT.
She is also the first ever Eagle-Tribune Winter Swimming MVP from Windham High.
WINTER SWIMMING MVPs
2020: Alexis Martino, Windham; 2019: Jack Warden, Phillips/Bradford; 2018: Zach Grover, Andover; 2017: Taylor Hogan, Timberlane; 2016: Drew Carbone, Central; 2015: Allyson Ty, Phillips/No. Andover; 2014: Danielle Liu, Phillips/Andover; 2013: David Kitchen, Central; 2010-12: Jun Oh, Phillips/No. Andover;
2006-09: Nick D’Innocenzo, Andover; 2005: Steve Miller, Salem; 2004: Sean Geary, Andover; 2002-03: Brian Fiske, Phillips/Andover; 1999: Kevin Riley, Central; 1998: Kerryn O’Connor, Phillips/Andover; 1997: Kevin Riley, Central;
1996: Katie Kelleher, No. Reading; 1994-95: David Green, No. Andover; 1993: Sean Goggin, Haverhill; 1992: Brian Mayberry, Andover; 1991: Matt Liberty, Andover; also 1981: Drew Donovan, No. Andover