Holmes Named Team MVP for Second-Straight Year

Holmes Named Team MVP for Second-Straight Year

LAKELAND, Fla. - Throughout the month of July, Florida Southern College Athletics will release its list of team MVPs for the 2018-19 season. Each MVP was selected by the team's head coach, and the list includes some of the top student-athletes in the country. MVPs will be revealed each weekday during the month at 10 a.m., and a list of their scheduled release dates can be found below.

For the second-straight year, Matthew Holmes has been named the team MVP.  Earlier this spring Holmes was selected as the Sunshine State Conference Men's Swimmer-of-the-Year for the second year in a row. In March he became just the third men's swimmer in league history to be named First Team All-SSC four times.

Holmes followed an impressive junior year with an even better senior year. He was the SSC Men's Swimmer-of-the-Meet at the SSC Championships after he became just the second men's swimmer in league history to win four individual gold medals, and he followed that performance with two more medals at the NCAA Division II National Championships. His SSC gold medals came in the 200-IM, 400-IM, 100-breast, and 200-breast, and his times in the two individual medley events were new meet records. He picked up an additional SSC gold medal in the 800-freestyle relay, swimming anchor on a team that set another SSC Championship record. Holmes narrowly missed another relay gold medal when the Mocs finished second to Tampa in the 400-free by 0.08 seconds.

At the national finals, Holmes opened the meet by finishing as runner-up in the 200-IM behind only NCAA Division II record holder Marius Kusch of Queens (NC). One night later, Holmes captured the 400-IM for the second year in a row, finishing more than two seconds ahead of the field and just three-tenths of a second off his own school record that he set in winning the 2018 national title. Holmes later reached the consolation finals of the 200-breast, giving him three individual All-American awards at the meet, bringing his career total to 10. He also earned All-American status in three relay events this season, giving him nine such awards in his career.

Throughout the season, Holmes led Florida Southern with 16 individual wins, with at least one win in seven different events. He was an NCAA qualifier in eight events (50-free, 100-free, 200-free, 500-free, 100-breast, 200-breast, 200-IM, and 400-IM), and had the Mocs' top times in five of them (200-free, 100-breast, 200-breast, 200-IM, and 400-IM). He finished the year ranked number one on the SSC times list in the 200-free, 200-IM, and 400-IM, and had three additional top-five times in other events.

Holmes graduated as Florida Southern's record holder in both of the individual medley events and has four other top-10 times on the school's career list. He has 38 career individual wins.

Florida Southern presented the Pat McFadden male scholar-athlete of the year award to Holmes at the annual Athletics Academic Award banquet in April. 

Men's Golf Michael VanDerLaan
Women's Tennis Gabby Hesse
Baseball Zach Scott
Women's Lacrosse Sam Keesey
Women's Golf Amanda Gartrell
Men's Track Josh Wagner
Women's Track Hannah Flemming
Men's Tennis Tim Becker
Softball Aubrey Ehlers
Beach Volleyball Makena Wilson
Men's Lacrosse Austen Lison
Esports Donovan West
Women's Basketball Camille Giardina
Men's Basketball Jonathan Lawton
Equestrian Taylor Derrico
Men's Swimming Matthew Holmes
Women's Swimming Katie Moore
Men's Cross Country July 22
Women's Cross Country July 22
Volleyball July 23
Men's Soccer July 24
Women's Soccer July 25
Men's Water Ski July 26
Women's Water Ski July 26