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Martin Liivamagi
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Martin Liivamagi 1261153
Position: IM/Breast
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 190
Year: Senior
Hometown: Tallinn, Estonia
High School: Tallinna Saksa Gymnasium
Cal Success

• Is the Cal school record-holder in the 200 (1:43.05) and 400 IM (3:43.55)

• Was the 2010 Pac-10 champion in the 200 IM (1:43.73)

• Placed fifth in the 200 IM and fifth in the 400 IM at the 2011 NCAA championships

• Placed third in the 200 IM at the 2010 NCAA championships

• Has the school's eighth-best time in the 200 breast (1:55.22)

International Success

• Was 14th in the 100 IM at the 2009 European Short Course Championships

• Placed 16th in the 200 IM (1:59.95 in prelims) at the 2009 FINA World Championships in Rome

• Competed for Estonia in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, finishing 34th in the 200 IM (2:03.56)

• At the 2007 World Championships, clocked a 2:02.39 in the semifinals of the 200 IM

• Holds 24 Estonian records in different age groups in different events, and is a 43-time Estonian champion


• Parents are Kalle and Tiina Liivamagi

• Majoring in political economies of industrial societies

• Born July 5, 1988 in Tallinn, Estonia


200 Breast 1:55.22
200 IM 1:43.05
400 IM 3:43.55

200 IM 1:59.95
100 Fly 54.74

Why Cal?
Cal is famous for its education and also because of sports - the Cal team has proven itself in the NCAA Championships, and that is why I decided to come here.

Name a favorite thing at Cal that you can't find at home.
The whole team is great, I love competing against my teammates and because there are so many guys, you never get bored. That is something that I didn't have at home.

Name a thing you miss the most.

What do you think makes Cal unique and distinct from any other school?
Everyone sticks together even if there are so many different kinds of people. The campus makes you feel like you are at home and also everyone is kind to you.

How is training at Cal different from how it was back home?
The team is much larger, we have more swimming coaches along with a great strength and conditioning coach. Also, the teammates are constantly supporting each other and along with the coaches make you go faster and push yourself to the limits. It is much more FUN!

What is your favorite memory from your time at Cal?
My favorite memory at Cal so far is the honoring of all 2008 Olympians when we had a great lunch, after which we could go watch the football game at the VIP zone with all the distinguished guests, and finally brought down to be introduced to the fans.

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