By Sharon Robb
SAN DIEGO, Calif., June 15, 2022—Jennifer Martin showed no signs of slowing down at the 55th annual United States Police & Fire Championships.
The City of Pembroke Pines Police Sargeant assigned to the Traffic Unit won all nine of her swimming events in the 40-44 age group and broke four USPFC records including one that stood for 22 years on June 11th at Mesa College Aquatic Complex.
Over four years (2018, 2019, 2021, 2022), Martin has won 36 gold medals and broken 14 records. In 2020, the meet was cancelled because of the pandemic.
During the one-day swimming competition, Martin, a former South Florida Aquatic Club coach, won the 100 breaststroke in a record 1:14.66, breaking a 22-year-old USPFC record by nearly nine seconds that was 1:23.79 set in 2000.
Her other gold-medal swims were:
50 breaststroke, 33.26.
200 women’s freestyle relay 30-plus, 1:52.76, breaking the USPFC record of 2:00.78 set in 2018. Her relay teammates were Marcela Reuda, Carrie Nordyke and Tesla Hughes.
50 freestyle, 25.19.
50 butterfly, 28.41.
200 women’s medley relay 30-plus, 2:08.43, breaking the USPFC record of 2:19.25 set in 2018. Reuda, Nordyke and Hughes were relay teammates.
200 women’s mixed freestyle relay 18-plus, 1:58.81 with Reuda, Nordyke and Robert Daltorio.
50 backstroke, 30.72, breaking her own 2021 record of 31.07.
200 mixed medley relay, 2:22.46, with Reuda, Nordyke and Daltorio.
“Overall, a pretty good day as far as my times,” Martin wrote on her Facebook page. “The old lady, who apparently needs to take a step back, still had a 25.1, 50 free left in her after swimming nine events in three hours. Blessed that my body has held up as long as it has and that I have been able to maintain consistency for the past 20 years.”
As if that wasn’t enough, she also competed in the indoor rowing event two days later at Four Points Sheridan in San Diego. Martin learned the finer points of rowing from YouTube tutorials.
Martin won four gold medals and broke two USPFC records.
Martin won the 2000-meters race in 8:15.2, breaking the USPFC record of 9:09.1 set in from 2016. She also won the 500-meter race in 1:147.2.
She teamed with Reuda to win the 1000-meter doubles in 1:55.5, breaking the previous record 1:56.5.
Martin also won the 1000-meter mixed doubles in 1:51.0 with teammate and boyfriend Chance O’Quinn, a retired fireman from Pembroke Pines Fire Rescue.
“The best part is when your boyfriend registers last minute to team up with you for the mixed 1000 meters and you take the gold. Best gold medal I’ve ever won!” Martin said.
Martin, wearing her USA swim cap while racing, was also the poster girl for the swimming event on the event’s website promoting the USPFC.
The United States Police & Fire Championships, presented by Bio-One Crime & Trauma Scene Cleaning, 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 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. More than 2,800 athletes are competing in 40 various sports at 30 venues around San Diego County June 11-19.
Sharon Robb can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org