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Who's got game? Each month, ESPN RISE finds out. Here are the athletes we recognized in October:
KATELYN WEDDLE KOFA - GIRLS' SWIMMING
Nearly everyone had Olympic fever this year, and Weddle was no exception. The defending state champ in the 100 breaststroke qualified for the Olympic Trials this past summer a full second ahead of the cut line. She didn't fare as well as she would have liked at the Trials, placing 83rd overall, but she'll have plenty of time to prepare for her next opportunity -- the 2012 Olympics in London. The senior will attempt to defend her state crown this fall.
SHELBY MARTINEK MARCOS DE NIZA - GIRLS' GOLF
People were certainly paying attention when Martinek finished as the state runner-up in Class 5A, Division II last season as a freshman. But Martinek put in extra work this summer and looks to be ready to make another run at the individual state crown this year. She limited the number of competitions she played in and focused on refining her game to get better. Behind her leadership, Marcos de Niza might even have a shot at a team state title.
VERONICA CELAYA PERRY - BADMINTON
Celaya entered the Class 4A state badminton bracket last year without high expectations. The senior-heavy bracket was loaded with talent, while the sophomore Celaya was more of an unknown. But she battled her way to a third-place finish, thwarted only by the exceptional play of 4A runner-up then-senior Megan Imre of Millenium. As a junior this year, Celaya should be a favorite to contend for a state title.