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February 26, 2014

Metro roundup: Hutson awarded USA Track and Field grant

TERRE HAUTE — Terre Haute native and 2016 Olympic hopeful Kylie Hutson was awarded a $7,000 grant from the USA Track and Field Foundation.

The former NCAA champion pole vaulter at Indiana State was among six athletes to be Stephen Schwarzman grantees, athletes “recognized for their success on an international level and for having an excellent opportunity to be in medal contention in 2016.”

The USA Track & Field Foundation supports elite athletes as they strive to achieve their dream of competing in an Olympic Games, a World Championship or other Team USA competitions. The Foundation provides assistance to athletes that meet its grant application criteria, including income thresholds and performance standards.

“Thanks to generous donations from our Board of Directors and loyal track & field fans, we are able to support the training, coaching, travel and medical expenses that athletes need to stay on top of their game,” stated Chairman Bob Greifeld.

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• Rose-Hulman up to 21st — The Rose-Hulman men's track and field team stands No. 21 nationally and No. 3 in the Great Lakes Region in this week's NCAA Division III Track and Field Team Dual Meet Rankings, in the weekly poll released today.

The United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Dual Meet Rankings list Rose-Hulman 21st overall with 156.18 points.

The USTFCCA uses a criteria that evaluates the top two performances in each event that is conducted at the NCAA Division III Track and Field Indoor National Championships and assigns a numerical value based upon the quality of the mark to determine the dual meet rankings.

Rose-Hulman moved up in the rankings after a performance that resulted in the fourth consecutive Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Indoor Championship last weekend.

Swimming and diving

• Rose athletes going to NCAAs — Rose-Hulman sophomore Orion Martin and freshman Ellie Hong have qualified for the NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving National Championships, scheduled for March 19-22 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 on Feb. 26.

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 22nd in the 100-backstroke (56.79).

Sophomore Sam Gould, a South Putnam graduate, will hope to join the duo in the diving portion of the championships. Gould will compete at the upcoming NCAA Diving Regional at Denison University.

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.

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