EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS --
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology graduate Matt Smith has
provisionally qualified for the 2008 Olympic Games in the
100-meter breaststroke after reaching the Olympic qualification
time on Monday.
Smith, a 2003 mechanical
engineering graduate, surpassed the Olympic qualifying mark of
1:03.72 with his performance of 1:03.29 in the 100-meter
breaststroke at the 29th Annual European Swimming
Smith, who holds dual
citizenship in the United States and Estonia, would represent the
nation of Estonia at the 2008 Olympics if his qualification time
remains the nation's best effort on July 15. His time
currently ranks No. 1 by more than a second over countryman Martin
Lilvamagi, who completed the course in a time of 1:04.86, and
stands as No. 51 in the world this year.
Smith is also attempting to
qualify in the 200-meter breaststroke at the European Swimming
Championships. His career-best time of 2:19.05 is less than a
second away from the Olympic qualification standard of
2:18.37. Smith is the only Estonia native entered in the
200-meter breaststroke and will compete in the event on
Smith became Rose-Hulman's first
swimming national champion in 2003, 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.
Smith also became the first Academic All-American in swimming
program history in 2002. He was also named the 2002 Southern
Collegiate Athletic Conference Tri-Swimmer of the Year, won eight
individual conference titles and established eight school
The swimming competition in the
2008 Olympic Games will be held at the Beijing National Aquatics
Centre in China from August 9-16.
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