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Tyler Hong ’21 to Compete at the US Olympic Trials

By Joe Mertens '15, 06/17/24, 10:15AM EDT

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The Saint Ignatius alumnus will compete Thursday for a chance to join Team USA in Paris for the Olympic Games.

OHIO CITY, OH - Tyler Hong '21 is on the cusp of achieving a dream many swimmers only fantasize about. This Thursday at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN, Hong will compete in the Olympic Swim Trials for the 200m Individual Medley, a prestigious event that serves as the final selection for athletes vying to represent the United States at the upcoming Olympic Games in Paris. The Individual Medley comprises the Butterfly, Backstroke, Breaststroke, and Freestyle. 

Hong still holds the IM program record in two different categories at Saint Ignatius. As a freshman, Hong broke the 200-yard IM with a time of 1:50.09. For the varsity team, Hong owns the 1:46.54 record. Hong currently owns 11 records for the Wildcat Swimming & Diving team. 

Hong was a two-time captain while with the Aqua Cats. During his time with the Wildcats, Hong was a two-time OHSAA Champion in the 200-yard IM and a four-time District Champion in the 200-yard IM. Hong was also a three-time District Champion in the 100-yard Backstroke. 

Excelling in the classroom and pool, Hong earned a Division I Scholarship to Princeton University. Hong would graduate from Saint Ignatius as one of the most decorated swimmers in the program's history, attending the US Swimming Opens, US Juniors, Summer Nationals, and the TYR Pro Circuit. Hong was awarded the Cleveland Male Athlete of the Year in 2021. 

Hong has already had a tremendous career at Princeton, including tying a program record in the 200 Backstroke and leading the Tigers in multiple events for meet victories. 

This Thursday in Indianapolis, Tyler will face some of the nation's best swimmers at Lucas Oil Stadium, the home to the Indianapolis Colts. The competition will be fierce, with only the top performers earning a spot on the Olympic team to represent Team USA in Paris. 

The last former Saint Ignatius alumnus to compete in the Olympic Games was Tim Mack '90. Mack won the Gold Medal in the Pole Vault at the 2004 Summer Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. Hong will look to punch his ticket to Paris at the trials. 

Tyler is one of four brothers who have graduated from/attended Saint Ignatius, all of whom have swam for the Aqua Cats: Marcus '17, Nicholas '19, and Jaimeson '27.  

Trials will begin at 11 a.m. on Thursday and can be followed along here.