March 26, 2011
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.- Senior Rob Holderness completed a four year goal by earning All-American honors on the final day of the 2011 Men's NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships. The Seminoles finished 23rd with 32 points.
"I'm just really proud and happy for Rob," head coach Neil Harper said. "For the team to finish in the top 25 is a credit to the team and the three guys who swam and dove well this week."
Holderness placed seventh in the 200 breast with a time of 1:54.82. The senior broke his own school record in the preliminary round with a time of 1:54.36. Holderness is the first Seminole All-American in the pool since Scott Baker took home the honors in 2008.
"It was one of his goals to be an All-American and it was a tough event," Harper said. "The breaststrokers were swimming really well so I knew going in it was going to be tough to get top eight. He swam a great race to get that school record and tonight he went out and tried a different strategy that tired him out, it's a great way to finish his college career at Florida State."
Senior Mike Neubacher earned his first career honorable mention All-American accolades placing 11th on the platform. Neubacher was consistent throughout and finished with a six-dive total of 355.30. Senior Landon Marzullo pulled out of the platform competition with an injury.
"I thought that Mike did an excellent job of staying consistent all day in a really tough event," diving coach Patrick Jeffrey said. "I am so proud of him making in the top 16 and am thrilled that both guys were able to perform great this weekend."
The Seminoles will now begin spring training starting their preparations for the 2011-12 season.