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.
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|
|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|
|Beach Volleyball||Makena Wilson|
|Men's Lacrosse||Austen Lison|
|Women's Basketball||Camille Giardina|
|Men's Basketball||Jonathan Lawton|
|Men's Swimming||Matthew Holmes|
|Women's Swimming||Katie Moore|
|Men's Cross Country||July 22|
|Women's Cross Country||July 22|
|Men's Soccer||July 24|
|Women's Soccer||July 25|
|Men's Water Ski||July 26|
|Women's Water Ski||July 26|