TERRE HAUTE, IND. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of
Technology senior Matt Smith (Bryan, Texas) became the third
athlete and first swimmer in school history to win a national
championship with his efforts in the 100-yard breaststroke at the
2003 NCAA Division III Men�s Swimming and Diving National
Championships this weekend.
Smith followed up his championship with a swimming program
school-record fourth career All-American award by finishing fifth
in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:04.73. The
fifth-place time was a personal-best for Smith and another
Rose-Hulman school record.
With his weekend efforts, Smith also became just the fourth
four-time All-American in Rose-Hulman school history. He
joins track and field standouts Tony Allen, Phil Reksel and Ryan
Loftus as a four-time All-American at Rose-Hulman.
Smith, who qualified second in the 100-yard breaststroke
preliminaries with a time of 56.85 seconds, improved his time to a
career-best 56.20 seconds to win the national title. He
joined Loftus and Trapp as the school�s third individual national
"This is very exciting and overwhelming. It hasn't sunk in
yet for either of us. This was the best swim that Matt has
had in his life. This was one of the best swims I have ever
seen and without a doubt the best swim in Rose-Hulman history, said
Rose-Hulman head coach Mike Caruso.
Smith previously earned a pair of honors at the 2002 National
Championships with a sixth-place finish in the 100-yard
breaststroke and a seventh-place in the 200-yard
breaststroke. He was named the 2002 SCAC Tri-Swimmer of the
Year and earned the first Academic All-American honor in school
history last fall.
Smith is the second swimmer in Rose-Hulman school history to
earn an All-American award. Pendleton native Sean Valentine
earned a pair of All-American honors at the 1999 Division III
His championship time qualified Matt for the Senior Nationals in
two weeks at IUPUI and set school and conference records.
#1 in the nation for 15 years!
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