MELBOURNE, FL – For the second week in a row, and the third time in his career, Florida Southern's Matthew Holmes is the Sunshine State Conference Men's Swimmer of the Week. The senior from Rockledge, Florida was the Moccasins' top performer in their dual meet Saturday afternoon at Florida State, winning one race, placing second in another, and adding a third-place finish to his final line.
Holmes picked up his win in the 100-breaststroke, turning in a time of 58.01 seconds to finish a little over half a second ahead of the Seminoles' Jackson Seith. Holmes was swimming third halfway through the race before coming back to win down the stretch and post the Mocs' best time in the 100-breast this year, and his best time in two years. It was Holmes' 28th career win, but his first in a breaststroke event. Prior to Saturday, he had not competed in the 100-breast for the Moccasins in over a year.
In his other two individual events, Holmes took third in the 100-freestyle with a time of 46.34 seconds, and second in the 400-IM in 4:00.97. His time in the 100-free was the best for a Moccasin through the first four meets this season. With the Moccasins competing in the 400-IM for the first time this year, Holmes was just 0.55 seconds short of an NCAA provisional qualifying time.
In his only relay race, Holmes anchored the Mocs' top 200-freestyle relay team as part of a third-place finish in 1:25.69.
Holmes is the first Florida Southern men's swimmer to win two of the SSC's weekly awards in the same season since Luis Rojas five years ago. He's the first Moccasin to win two men's swimmer of the week awards back-to-back.