Hong, Martin to Compete at NCAA D-III Championships

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225-hong-martin-natsTERRE HAUTE, IND. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology sophomore Orion Martin (Dublin, Ohio/Coffman) and freshman Ellie Hong (Dayton, Ohio/Oakwood) will compete at the NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving National Championships, starting Wednesday and continuing through Saturday in Indianapolis.

Martin qualified for the national championships based on his 100-butterfly time of 48.92 seconds.  The mark ranks No. 9 nationally according to the unofficial psych sheet released by the NCAA.

Hong earned a spot in the meet based on two qualifying performances.  She ranks No. 9 nationally in the 200-backstroke (2:01.39) and is 20th in the 100-backstroke (56.79).

Martin will compete in the 50-freestyle on Wednesday, the 100-butterfly on Thursday and the 100-freestyle on Saturday. 

Hong will compete in the 50-freestyle on Wednesday, the 100-backstroke on Friday and the 200-backstroke on Saturday.  Preliminary competition begins at 10 a.m. each day, with finals starting at 6 p.m.

Both swimmers had strong performances at the recent College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin Championships, with each swimmer earning three all-conference awards. Hong placed second in the 100-backstroke, second in the 200-backstroke and third in the 50-freestyle.  Martin won the 100-butterfly, finished second in the 100-freestyle and came home third in the 50-freestyle.

Martin has 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 becomes the first women's swimmer in Rose-Hulman history to qualify for the NCAA Division III Swimming National Championships.

Hong and Martin will compete at the IUPUI Natatorium in Indianapolis, with Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference institution Franklin College serving as event host.