SOFLO’s Jennifer Martin Stars At 18th World Police And Fire Games In China; Her Final Event Is Aug. 15 Open Water Two-Miler


By Sharon Robb

CHENGDU, China, August 12, 2019—She came, she saw, she conquered.

Jennifer Martin of South Florida Aquatic Club won five gold medals, three silver medals and broke two world records in her international swimming debut at the 18th Chengdu 2019 World Police and Fire Games.

Martin still has the 2-mile open water swim remaining on Aug. 15 at the Jintang Triathlon venue.

The City of Pembroke Pines Police Sergeant swam five individual events and four relays over three days at the Tian Fu Sports Area pool.

On opening day, Martin broke a 10-year-old world record she has been chasing for four years in the 50-meter butterfly in 30.70. Her 200-meter freestyle relay took silver behind China which broke the Martin’s relay U.S. world record. Her relay lead-off time was 27.88, just off her world record of 27.86. She also took gold in the 100-meter breaststroke.

On the second day of competition, Martin won the 50-meter backstroke in 34.39. She took another silver in the women’s 200-meter medley relay behind China. Her 200-meter mixed freestyle relay took another silver behind China. Her 50-meter relay split was 27.23, another best time.

On her third and final day, Martin took gold in the 50-meter breaststroke and then broke her own world record and won the 50-meter freestyle in 27.70 bettering her previous record of 27.86.

“I dug deep and pulled off my best race of the meet,” Martin wrote.

Her mixed medley relay finished out of the medal hunt placing fourth.

“I’ve made lots of new friends but what I enjoy the most is seeing my old friends,” Martin wrote. “My ladies are some of the strongest, badass women I know. First responders, athletes, mothers, daughters, sisters, aunts and girlfriends. For one week every two years, we get to catch up on life, love and I get to learn so much about other countries from our chats. I am grateful for our time together, but sad to have to say goodbye…for another two years….until Rotterdam.”

The World Police & Fire Games are held every two years. The 2021 World Police and Fire Games are July 30-August 8 in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

“Competing every two years just doesn’t seem enough,” Martin wrote on her Facebook page. “I’ve made so many friends from around the world, and I only get to see them once every two years. I think I love catching up with friends just as much as I love competing. We may speak different languages, but we all have so much in common.”

In her last major international competition, the 2017 World Police & Fire Games in Los Angeles, Martin won seven gold medals and one silver and broke five world records over four days of open water and pool racing.

Martin was sponsored by the Broward County PBA (Police Benevolent Association). Toyota of North Miami and several family members and friends also donated to her Blue To Chengdu Go Fund Me.

The World Police and Fire Games is a worldwide sporting event held every two years with more than 10,000 attendees. The games are an Olympic-style competition of policemen and firefighters from 70 countries across the world who compete in 60 sports.

Participants are police officers and firefighters from correction, probation, border protection, immigration, and customs from any country in the world.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO’s Jennifer Martin Strikes Gold At U.S. Police & Fire Championships


By Sharon Robb

SAN DIEGO, June 30, 2019—Jennifer Martin passed her first big test with flying colors Saturday at the United States Police & Fire Championships.

The City of Pembroke Pines Police Sergeant and South Florida Aquatic Club swimmer, tuning up for the Aug. 8-18 World Police and Fire Games, won nine gold medals in individual and relay events and broke two meet records in 2.5 hours at Southwestern College in Chula Vista.

Martin has now won 18 gold medals over two years at the meet.

“I am so very blessed for another great meet, but time to get back to work,” Martin wrote on her Facebook page.

Martin, 38, representing the Pembroke Pines Police Department, won the 50-meter breaststroke in a meet record 32.80, breaking her own record of 33.11 set last year. Her other record was in the 100-meter freestyle in 56.31, breaking the record of 56.50 set in 2010.

Martin also won the 50-meter freestyle in 25.35, 50-meter backstroke in 30.80 and 50-meter butterfly in 28.24, just missing her own record by 1/100th of a second. She and her teammates also won four relays: 200 freestyle, 200 medley, 200 medley mixed and 200 freestyle mixed.

“Thank you to everyone who has supported me along this journey,” Martin wrote. “The text messages, the phone calls and support means more than I can ever express in words. My success would not be possible without all the love and support that I get from my friends, family and co-workers.

“Today was a very challenging day. My biggest accomplishment was overcoming a fear that I have hid from for 20 years, the 100 Freestyle. I have let the event beat me mentally and allowed it to hinder my performance and even stopped swimming it. Exhausted, I made the resolution that I would no longer allow my fears and reservations to control me, and I was able to set a new record in that event.

“Coming out of the meet, I am pleased where my performance is and I have a month to fine tune and put in some more work before Chengdu. The journey isn’t over yet, we are just getting started.”

The World Police & Fire Games, held every two years, are in Chengdu, China where Martin will rekindle a few rivalries.

For the second consecutive year, Martin was sponsored by the Broward County PBA (Police Benevolent Association).

At the 2018 USPFC competition in less than three hours, Martin won nine gold medals and broke three meet records including one that stood for 18 years. She competed in three races in less than seven minutes which included two meet-record performances.

Martin won the 50 breaststroke, 50 freestyle, 50 butterfly, 100 breaststroke, 100 freestyle, 50 backstroke and was a member of the winning 200 freestyle relay, 200 medley relay mixed relay and 200 freestyle mixed relay.

She broke meet records in the 50 breaststroke (1990 record of 33.93) in 33.11, 100 breaststroke (1994 record of 1:17.89) in 1:13 and 50 butterfly (2016 record of 28.36) in 28.1.

In her last major international competition, the 2017 World Police & Fire Games in Los Angeles, Martin won seven gold medals and one silver and broke five world records over four days of open water and pool racing.

The eight-day United States Police & Fire Championships is an Olympic-style competition with athletes representing law enforcement, firefighters and officers from corrections, probation, border protection, immigration and customs from across the country. It got under way June 22 and ended on Saturday.

Athletes competed in 54 different sports at 33 venues throughout the San Diego county.

It began in 1967 as the California Police Olympics, in 1990 was the California Police Summer Games, in 2000 was the California Police and Fire Games, and since 2012 has been known as the U.S. Police and Fire Championships.

The California Police Athletic Federation is the governing body for the U.S. Police & Fire Championships. Its mission is to promote sport and physical fitness among personnel representing various agencies.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO’s Jennifer Martin Preps For World Games At U.S. Police & Fire Championships On Saturday


By Sharon Robb

SAN DIEGO, June 27, 2019—With the Aug. 8-18 World Police and Fire Games just 41 days away in China, Jennifer Martin will get her first big test Saturday at the United States Police & Fire Championships.

The City of Pembroke Pines police sergeant will compete in the one-day swimming competition at Southwestern College in Chula Vista. The championships got under way on June 2 with various other sports.

Martin, 38, representing the Pembroke Pines Police Department, will compete in nine events including four relays.

When not working full-time, Martin has been training and fine tuning with SOFLO head coach Chris Anderson at SOFLO’s Academic Village Pool, where she use to coach with the Comets Swim Team. She has also been cross training in the gym and local road races.

For the second consecutive year, Martin is being sponsored by the Broward County PBA (Police Benevolent Association).

Over three hours, Martin has a Herculean lineup of individual and relay events. She will compete in the 30-39 50-yard breaststroke, 50-yard freestyle, 50-yard butterfly, 100-yard freestyle and 50-yard backstroke. She will also swim four relays: 200 freestyle, 200 medley, 200 medley mixed and 200 freestyle mixed.

“It’s a very challenging day for me,” Martin said.

Martin has been among top athletes in several local, state, national and international competitions. It is the second time she will compete in the United States Police & Fire Championships.

At the 2018 competition in less than three hours, Martin won nine gold medals and broke three USPFC meet records including an 18-year-old record. She competed in three races in less than seven minutes which included two meet-record performances.

Martin won the 50 breaststroke, 50 freestyle, 50 butterfly, 100 breaststroke, 100 freestyle, 50 backstroke and was a member of the winning 200 freestyle relay, 200 medley relay mixed relay and 200 freestyle mixed relay.

She broke meet records in the 50 breaststroke (1990 record of 33.93) in 33.11, 100 breaststroke (1994 record of 1:17.89) in 1:13 and 50 butterfly (2016 record of 28.36) in 28.1.

In her last major international competition, the 2017 World Police & Fire Games in Los Angeles, Martin won seven gold medals and one silver and broke five world records over four days of open water and pool racing.

The eight-day United States Police & Fire Championships is an Olympic-style competition with athletes representing law enforcement, firefighters and officers from corrections, probation, border protection, immigration and customs from across the country. It got under way June 22 and ends on Saturday.

Athletes compete in 54 different sports at 33 venues throughout the San Diego county.

It began in 1967 as the California Police Olympics, in 1990 was the California Police Summer Games, in 2000 was the California Police and Fire Games, and since 2012 has been known as the U.S. Police and Fire Championships.

The California Police Athletic Federation is the governing body for the U.S. Police & Fire Championships. Its mission is to promote sport and physical fitness among personnel representing various agencies.

The World Police & Fire Games are set for 2019 in Chengdu, China. The World Games are held every two years.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO’s Jennifer Martin Makes Debut Saturday At U.S. Police & Fire Championships


By Sharon Robb

SAN DIEGO, June 7, 2018—Jennifer Martin, a well-respected City of Pembroke Pines police sergeant, will compete Saturday in the United States Police & Fire Championships.

The swimming competition is one day from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Brian Bent Memorial Aquatics Complex. The championships got under way on June 2 with various other sports.

Martin, 37, representing the Pembroke Pines Police Department, will compete in nine events throughout the day.

Martin has been diligently training at SOFLO’s Academic Village Pool, where she used to coach for the Comets Swim Team.

The Broward County PBA (Police Benevolent Association) is sponsoring Martin, who has competed and been among top athletes in several local, state, national and international competitions.

In her last major competition, the 2017 World Police & Fire Games in Los Angeles, Martin won seven gold medals and one silver and broke five world records over four days of open water and pool racing.

Since the start of 2018, Martin has been motivated to compete and represent her fellow officers. She wrote after being ranked seventh among SOFLO’s Top 10 Performance Highlights List for 2017:

“Before becoming a Police Officer I worked as a swim coach for the Comets Swim Team, which over the years has evolved into South Florida Aquatic Club. Due to the challenging hours as a police officer and going through the Academy I was unable to continue coaching. During my short time working with the team, I got to see the amazing program Chris and the other coaches provide and the champions that they have built. Chris (Anderson) has turned me into a swimmer that is swimming faster at the age of 37, than I was at 17. It has been an honor for Chris to allow me to train…I’m so very grateful for the swimmer he made me. Having a great coach, a motivator, and encourager and supporter makes all the difference in the world with your performance.”

The eight-day championship is an Olympic-style competition with athletes representing law enforcement, firefighters and officers from corrections, probation, border protection, immigration and customs from across the country.

Athletes are competing in 54 different sports at 33 venues throughout the San Diego county.

This will be Martin’s first time in the U.S. Police & Fire Championships. She has always competed in the Florida event but they eliminated swimming.

It began in 1967 as the California Police Olympics, in 1990 was the California Police Summer Games, in 2000 was the California Police and Fire Games, and since 2012 has been known as the U.S. Police and Fire Championships.

The California Police Athletic Federation is the governing body for the U.S. Police & Fire Championships, World Police & Fire Games and World Police & Fire Winter Games. Its mission is to promote sport and physical fitness among personnel representing various agencies.

The World Police & Fire Games are set for 2019 in Chengdu, China.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO’s Jennifer Martin Wins Three Golds, Breaks Two World Records At World Police & Fire Games


By Sharon Robb

August 9, 2017–Jennifer Martin of South Florida Aquatic Club dominated the opening day of the swimming competition at the 2017 World Police & Fire Games in Los Angeles.

The City of Pembroke Pines police sergeant has won three golds and one silver medal and broke two world records after two days of competition in open water and pool events.

On opening day of pool swimming on Wednesday at the Exposition Park Swim Stadium, Martin, 36, competing in the 35-39 age group, won the 100-meter breaststroke in a world record 1:24.43. The previous record was 1:24.74 set in 2013. She bettered her 2015 bronze medal swim of 1:27.8.

Defending 30-34 butterfly champion won another gold medal in the 35-39 50-meter butterfly in 31.32, just missing the world record of in 30.83.

Martin, competing on a multi-national 200-meter freestyle relay with swimmers from Romania, India and Taiwan, broke a 20-year-old world record in 1:59. The previous world record was 2:02.30 set in 1997.

In Sunday’s 2-mile open water pier-to-pier swim, Martin was second in her division taking a silver medal in 1:08.44 bettering her 2015 bronze medal place.

The World Police & Fire Games feature 8,000 police officers and firefighters from 70 countries competing in 65 different sports. The 11-day biennial Olympics-style competition is for finely-tuned active and retired police officers and firefighters.

Martin is a SOFLO masters swimmer and trains with SOFLO at Academic Village Pool.

The World Police and Fire Games have been held every two years since 1985.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

SOFLO’s Jennifer Martin Triple Winner At Fort Lauderdale Masters Challenge


By Sharon Robb

February 19, 2017—Jennifer Martin took another big step in her training for the Aug. 7-16 World Police & Fire Games in Los Angeles.

“I am right where I need to be five months out,” the South Florida Aquatic Club masters swimmer wrote on her Facebook page.

The City of Pembroke Pines police sergeant who trains at SOFLO’s Academic Village Pool, was a triple winner on Sunday at the 24th annual Fort Lauderdale Masters Challenge at Fort Lauderdale Aquatic Complex.

Martin, 36, won the 50-yard butterfly in 28.52, a 0.38 time drop from her seeded time in the 35-39 age group and was second overall behind Olympian and national record holder Carolina Colorado of Colombia, a former SOFLO swimmer.

The women’s butterfly field also featured Olympic gold medalist Claudia Poll, 44, of Costa Rica, who won the 40-44 age group in 32.07.

“I got to race my childhood hero and won!” Martin wrote. “What an unbelievable woman and competitor.”

Martin won the 50-yard freestyle in 25.63, a 0.27 time drop. Despite a bad turn, she won her age group and finished second overall again behind Colorado.

Martin also won the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:12.84, a 3.16 time drop, to win both her age group and overall title.

Martin, also a distance runner, is fine tuning her swimming for the World Games.

The Aug. 7-16 World Police & Fire Games in Los Angeles is an Olympic-style competition that attracts 10,000 athletes from 70 countries competing in 60 events.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

http://www.swim4soflo.com

Pembroke Pines Police Officer Jennifer Martin Golden Record Breaker At Can-Am Police-Fire Games

Pembroke Pines Police Officer Jennifer Martin Golden Record Breaker At Can-Am Police-Fire Games


By Sharon Robb

July 17, 2014—-Pembroke Pines police officer Jennifer Martin dominated the 2014 Can-Am Police-Fire Games Wednesday at the Graham Aquatic Center YMCA in York County, Pa.

Martin, 33, who trains at South Florida Aquatic Club, went ten-for-ten in her swimming events, winning eight individual gold medals and two relay gold medals in her meet debut.

All were Can-Am Police-Fire meet records.

The top masters and open water swimmer and one of the nation’s top swimmers in police and fire competitions had last competed in the Masters Classic in Fort Lauderdale in February. Before that it was the Police Olympics in June 2013. Martin trains at Academic Village Pool in Pembroke Pines.

Obviously, Martin more than made up for lost time in competition with her Herculean effort.

Martin won the 100 backstroke in 1:12.47; 50 backstroke in 33.10; 50 freestyle in 26.08; 50 breaststroke in 34.29; 100 breaststroke in 1:16.86; 100 butterfly in 1:10.61; 100 freestyle in 1:01.14 and 50 butterfly in 29.55.

She was also a member of the two gold medal 200 freestyle and 200 medley relays.

“I was very excited to compete at my first Can-Am Games,” Martin said. “I am very pleased with my performance today but I am using these Games as a stepping stone for the World Police and Fire Games in Fairfax next year.

“I would like to thank the volunteers as their efforts are what make the Games such a success.”

The Games, held every two years, feature police, fire, EMS and other first responders from all over North America. It rotates between sites in the U.S. and Canada.

Athletes are competing in more than 50 sporting events at over 30 venues in York County.

Swimming is among the traditional athletic competitions that was held along with hockey, volleyball, soccer, softball, golf and cycling.

All event proceeds benefit Make-A-Wish of Greater Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com
http://www.swim4soflo.com