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 preliminaries.
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 competition.
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.