MINNEAPOLIS, MINN. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of
Technology senior Sean Valentine (Pendleton) finished fourth in the
50-yard freestyle and sixth in the 100-yard breaststroke finals at
the NCAA III Swimming National Championships at to earn the first
two swimming All-American awards in school history this weekend at
the University of Minnesota aquatic facility.
Valentine recorded a career-best and Southern Collegiate
Athletic Conference record time of 20.50 seconds in the 50-yard
freestyle to claim fourth-place honors and become the school's
first-ever swimming All-American on Thursday. He finished
with a 20.53 second-time earlier in the day's preliminaries to
obtain the third seed for the finals.
Valentine finished the breaststroke competition in a
school-record time of 56.35 seconds to finish sixth in the
nation. He qualified fifth for the championship meet in a
preliminary time of 56.69 seconds.
Valentine finished 14th in the finals of the 100-yard freestyle,
breaking his own school record time by 1.4 seconds with a
46.35-second time, to earn honorable mention All-American
honors. Valentine was seeded 11th after recording a school
record time of 45.84 seconds in the 100-freestyle
Due solely to Valentine's efforts, Rose-Hulman finished 26th in
the team portion of the NCAA III Championships with 31.0
points. Rose-Hulman finished second among SCAC schools at the
championships, behind 24th place University of the South (35
points). Trinity University finished 31st with 18.0 points
and DePauw University came home 45th with 6.0 points.
Valentine finished second in the 50-yard freestyle at last
month's Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference championships, and
took home first-place honors in the 100-meter breaststroke
Valentine became the first Rose-Hulman swimmer to qualify for
the NCAA III Championships last season, finishing 14th in the
50-yard freestyle and recorded 30th place finishes in the 100-yard
butterfly and 100-yard freestyle competitions.
Valentine is an electrical engineering major and is the son of
Gregory and Patricia Valentine. He currently owns seven school
records and is the school's all-time leading points scorer.