Hong, Martin Earn All-American Honors at NCAA Nationals

all-americans-photoTERRE HAUTE, IND. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology freshman Ellie Hong (Dayton, Ohio/Oakwood) and sophomore Orion Martin (Dublin, Ohio/Coffman) earned All-American honors to highlight a historic performance at the NCAA Division III National Championships.

Martin finished seventh in the men's 100-butterfly on Thursday and Hong placed eighth in the women's 200-backstroke on Saturday, as the duo became the third and fourth swimmers in program history to earn All-American honors.

Martin and Hong also became the first Rose-Hulman teammates to earn All-American honors during the same year. 

Previous Rose-Hulman swimming All-Americans include Matt Smith (four awards, including the 100-breaststroke national championship in 2003) and Sean Valentine (fourth and sixth at the 1999 championships).

Hong also becomes the first women's swimmer and second female student-athlete in Rose-Hulman history to earn All-American honors, joining five-time high jump national champion Liz Evans.

Martin came home seventh in the 100-butterfly with a time of 49.33 seconds on Thursday night.  Hong placed eighth overall with a mark of 2:01.99, after qualifying for the national championship finals with a school record mark of 2:01.05 on Saturday morning.

In addition to the All-American performance, Hong came home 24th in the 100-backstroke on Friday (57.57 seconds) after placing 39th in the 50-freestyle on Wednesday (24.65).  Martin also placed 48th in the 100-freestyle with a time of 46.45 seconds and was 49th in the 50-freestyle with a time of 21.47 seconds.

Hong and Martin both improved their national rankings this week.  Both swimmers entered the NCAA National Championships ranked ninth overall in their primary event.

Martin qualified for the NCAA Division III Swimming Nationals for the second consecutive year, and missed honorable mention All-American honors by just one place in 2013.  Hong marked the first women's swimmer in Rose-Hulman history to qualify for the NCAA Division III Swimming National Championships.