ROME, ITALY -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
graduate Matt Smith placed 55th in the world in the 200-meter
breaststroke and 72nd in the 100-meter breaststroke at the 13th
FINA World Swimming Championships in Rome.
Smith, representing the nation of Estonia, recorded a time of
2:22.20 in the 200-meter breaststroke to finish 55th of 81 swimmers
in the event. His mark of 1:03.71 placed 72nd among 143
swimmers in the 100-meter breaststroke competition.
Smith narrowly missed qualifying for the 2008 Olympic Games
after recording a provisional qualification time of 1:03.29 in the
100-meter breaststroke at the European Swimming Championships.
Smith, who holds dual citizenship in the United States and
Estonia, became Rose-Hulman's first swimming national champion in
2003 by claiming NCAA Division III title honors in the 100-yard
breaststroke. The four-time All-American finished fifth in the
200-yard breaststroke in 2003, after claiming All-America honors in
both events in 2002.
The mechanical engineering graduate also became the first
Academic All-American in swimming program history in 2003. He
was named the 2002 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference
Tri-Swimmer of the Year, won eight individual conference titles and
established eight school records at Rose-Hulman.