Eric Abegglen • staff writer
A pair of Engineers are headed to compete in the upcoming NCAA Division III Swimming Championships on March 20-23. Senior mechanical engineering major John Huster and freshman physics major Orion Martin will compete in multiple events over the course of the meet. Both Huster and Martin were named the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin Men’s Swimmer of the Week this year. Huster was recently named Swimmer of the Week at the end of January in the near upset over nationally ranked DePauw. Martin received Swimmer of the Week honors back in November for his efforts at Wabash and Illinois Wesleyan. Huster also received CCIW Men’s Swimmer of the Week honors last year as a junior.Against DePauw, Huster finished the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:04.61 and the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 51.07 seconds. He also swam the backstroke leg in the 200-medley relay in 24.3 seconds and recorded a 21.1 second split in the 200-yard freestyle relay.Against Wabash, Martin won both the 50- and 100-yard freestyle and served as the anchor leg for two Rose-Hulman relay teams. This was only the second dual meet victory over Wabash in school history. Martin also won the 50-freestyle and the 100-yard butterfly against Illinois Wesleyan to cap off the team’s second victory in 24 hours. Martin’s 100-butterfly broke the Illinois Wesleyan pool record.Both Martin and Huster qualified for the NCAA national championships with their 1-2 performance in the 100-butterfly at the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin Championships.Martin ranks No. 2 nationally in the 100-butterfly with a time of 48.51 seconds, and Huster comes into the Championships at the No. 11 spot with a best of 48.99 seconds. To qualify for the meet, swimmers needed to best the cutoff time of 49.33 seconds. Competition in the 100-butterfly will take place on Thursday, March 21.Martin will also compete in the 50-freestyle next Wednesday and the 100-freestyle on Saturday during the Championships. Huster’s remaining two events will be the 200-individual medley on Wednesday and the 100-backstroke on Friday.Martin and Huster continue a tradition of excellence for the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology swimming program. The Fightin’ Engineers have compiled six All-American awards in swimming, including a 100-breaststroke national championship for Matt Smith in 2003.