Matthew Holmes
Matthew Holmes
Height: 5-10
Year: Sr.
Hometown: Rockledge, FL
High School: Rockledge (home-schooled)
Events: IM/Breast/Free
Major: Sports Management

One of Florida Southern’s seven returning All-Americans… 2018 individual national champion in the 400-individual medley and bronze medalist in the 200-IM… Has competed at the Division II National Finals in each of his first three seasons…  Begins his senior year with 13 All-American awards in his career (seven individual and six relay), and four NCAA medals (two individual and two relay, all of them earned in 2018)… School record holder in the 200-IM and 400-IM, and is part of the Moccasins’ school-record 200-freestyle relay team… 2-time conference champion in the 400-IM… Picked up 22 individual wins in his first three seasons, the most among current Florida Southern swimmers, and seven relay victories.

As a junior (2017-18)… First Team All-American in the 400-IM (1st place), 200-IM (3rd place), 400-medley relay (2nd place), 800-freestyle relay (2nd place) and 400-freestyle relay (5th place)… Honorable Mention All-American in the 500-freestyle (9th place)… Sunshine State Conference Men’s Swimmer-of-the-Year… Men’s Swimmer-of-the-Meet at the SSC Championships… First Team All-SSC for the third year in a row… NCAA Division II Academic Achievement Award winner… SSC Commissioner’s Honor Roll… Team MVP… In addition to his six All-American events, also took part in the 100-freestyle at the Division II National Finals… Had one of Florida Southern’s two NCAA automatic qualifying times during the season (along with Luis Jasso), hitting that mark in the 200-IM during the conference championships… Later hit an “A” time during the national finals in the 400-IM… Had NCAA “B” times in the 100-free, 200-free, 500-free, 200-breast, and 400-IM… Missed a “B” time in the 50-free by less than one-tenth of a second, and was less than six-tenths of a second away from a “B” time in the 1,000-free… Was part of NCAA qualifying times in three different relays (400-free, 800-free, and 400-medley)… Set the school records in the 200-IM and 400-IM at the NCAA Division II National Finals on back-to-back days… Broke the record in the 400-IM for the third year in a row, driving that down by more than 11 seconds throughout his career… Swept the individual medley events at the SSC Championships, taking gold in both the 200 and 400… Won gold medals in the 800-freestyle relay and the 400-medley relay at the SSC Championships… SSC silver medalist in the 500-free for a total of five medals at the conference championships for the second year in a row… Took part in all 12 meets during the season… Regular swimmer in both IM events, the 200-free, and 500-free… Swam the 100-free twice, the 1,000-free twice and the 100-breast once… Tied with Luis Jasso and Matias Lopez for the team lead with 11 individual wins (four in the 200-IM, three in the 400-IM, and two apiece in the 200-free and 500-free)… Had three meets with two wins (both IMs at the Tampa Spartan Invitational in December, the 200-free and 500-free at Indian River State in January, and both IMs at the SSC Championships in February) Tied with Nico Campbell for the team lead in relay wins with six… Finished the season #1 on the Florida Southern times list in the 200-free (on a relay leg), 500-free, 200-IM, and 400-IM… Was #2 in the 100-free, #3 in the 200-breast… #4 in the 1,000-free and 100-breast, and #5 in the 50-free… Part of the Mocs’ top relay teams in the 400-free, 800-free and 400-medley… Had four top-10 times on the national NCAA Division II times list: #1 in the 400-IM, #3 in the 200-IM, #7 in the 200-free, and #10 in the 500-free.

TOP INDIVIDUAL TIMES AS A JUNIOR:
50-free: 20.90, relay leg (at Spartan Invitational, 12/15/17)
100-free: 44.44 (at NCAA National Championships, 3/17/18)
200-free: 1:36.75, relay leg (at NCAA National Championships, 3/16/18)
500-free: 4:25.92 (at NCAA National Championships, 3/16/18)
1,000-free: 9:34.11 (vs. Saint Leo, 1/19/18)
1,650-free: 15:59.75 (at SSC Championships, 2/25/18)
100-breast: 59.96 (at Shark Invitational, 10/14/17)
200-breast: 2:00.86 (at SSC Championships, 2/25/18)
200-IM: 1:45.68 (at NCAA National Championships, 3/14/18)
400-IM: 3:47.18 (at NCAA National Championships, 3/15/18)

As a sophomore (2016-17)… First Team All-American in the 200-IM (4th place), and 800-freestyle relay (7th place)… Honorable Mention All-American in the 400-IM (11th place)… First Team All-Sunshine State Conference… SSC Men’s Swimmer-of-the-Week for January 9… NCAA Division II Academic Achievement Award winner… SSC Commissioner’s Honor Roll… Set the school record in the 400-IM for the second year in a row, posting a time of 3:51.67 at the NCAA Division II National Finals… Fell 0.18 seconds off the school mark in the 200-IM… In addition to his All-American events at the National Finals, also competed in the 100-freestyle and the 500-freestyle… One of eight Moccasins to swim in all nine meets, including the NCAA Division II National Championships… Had NCAA provisional qualifying times in three freestyle events (50, 100, and 200) and both individual medley events… Missed a “B” time in the 1,000-free by only 2.14 seconds… SSC silver medalist in both individual medley races, picked up two more silvers in the 800-freestyle and 400-medley relays, and a bronze in the 400-freestyle relay for a total of five medals overall at the conference championships… Tied for third on the team with four individual wins, with three coming in one meet against NCAA Division III National Champion Emory (200-free, 500-free and 200-IM)… Fourth win of the season came in the 1,000-free against NJCAA National Champion Indian River State… Was in the top-five on the Florida Southern times list in eight individual events (four freestyle, two breaststroke and two IM) and three relays (400-free, 800-free and 400-medley)… Held the top position in the two individual medley events, was #2 in the 500-free and 1,000-free, and #3 in the 100-free and 200-breast)… Part of Florida Southern’s top 800-freestyle relay and its #2 times for the 400-freestyle relay and 400-medley relay.

As a freshman (2015-16)… Honorable Mention All-American in the 200-IM (11th place), 400-IM (11th place), 500-freestyle (14th place) and 800-freestyle relay (9th place)… First Team All-Sunshine State Conference… SSC Commissioner’s Honor Roll… In addition to the 500-freestyle and the two individual medley events, also had an NCAA provisional time in the 200-breaststroke… Helped the 400-freestyle relay, 800-freestyle relay and 400-medley relay teams hit NCAA provisional times too… One of eight Moccasins to swim in all nine meets, including the National Finals… One of the Mocs’ normal swimmers in the two individual medley events, both breaststroke races, and the 500- and 1,000-freestyle… Set the school record in the 400-IM at the Sunshine State Conference Championships with a time of 3:52.69… SSC Champion in the 400-IM… Tied for third on the team with seven individual wins (three in the 200-IM, two in the 400-IM, one in the 200-free, and one in the 500-free)… Part of one relay win… Ranked #1 on the Florida Southern times list in the 200-IM, 400-IM, and 500-freestyle… Was #2 in the 1,000-freestyle and #3 in the 100- and 200-breaststroke.

In high school… Homeschooled but swam for Janice Johnson at Rockledge High School… USA Swimming Scholastic All-American (2013-2015)… Four-time team MVP… As a senior was first in class 2A State Championship in the 200-IM (1:51.28) and fourth in the 100-breaststroke (58.03)… As a junior finished second at state in the 200-IM and ninth in the 100-breaststroke… Brevard County Swimmer-of-the-Year as a sophomore… Made it to state in the 200-freestyle and 100-breaststroke… As a freshman made it to regionals in the 200-IM and the 500-freestyle… Holds seven records at Rockledge High School, three of which are relay records… Dual-enrolled at Eastern Florida State College where he was a Dean’s List student… Personal… Coached by Major Hall at Central Brevard Swimming… Aspires to work for a professional sports organization… Enjoys surfing, fishing, and hunting… List his favorite professional teams as the Miami Dolphins, Tampa Bay Lightning, and Tampa Bay Rays…  Son of Bryan and Tracey Holmes… Has an older (Rachel) and younger (Reagan) sister.