Feb. 25, 2011
ATLANTA, Ga. – With six years of being teammates winding down, seniors Rob Holderness and Matt Shead put an exclamation point on their journey together by going one-two in the 100 breast at the 2011 ACC Swimming and Diving Championships. The Seminoles are currently in third-place with 338.5 points entering the final day of competition.
“I’m just really excited for those two,” head coach Neil Harper said. “It’s their senior year and they were teammates for two years in high school. They have been so good for us for four years and to see them go one-two is amazing. I’m just happy for both of them.”
The duo from Great Britain dueled down to the wire, with Holderness prevailing with a time of 53.67, including a last 50 nearly a second faster than his teammate and fastest in the entire field. Shead touched the wall in 54.11 to earn his first career All-ACC honor.
“I didn’t even realize that Matt got second,” Holderness said. “He came over to hug me and I thought he was just congratulating me, but when I saw he got second it was awesome.”
Both Holderness and Shead teamed together for two years at The Millfield School in England before coming across the pond to Florida State, making this one-two finish even more special.”
“I was at a loss for words afterwards,” Shead said. “To train together for six years and finally achieve that was very special for us.”
The evening began with senior Ian Rowe earning sixth-place in the 400 individual medley. The Towson, Md., native improved on his morning swim touching the wall in 3:51.96. Freshman Mike Thomas earned 10th-place with a time of 3:54.31. In the 200 free senior Robby Hayes turned in an eighth-place performance touching the wall in 1:37.13.
“I thought Mike leading-off the evening in the 400 IM really motivated everyone,” Harper said. “Then Ian did a nice job and so did Robby Hayes.”
The Garnet and Gold finished out the evening with a fifth-place showing in the 400 medley relay. The team of Rowe, Holderness, sophomore Mark Weber and Hayes touched the wall in 3:13.03.
“I think the guys are really excited to swim tomorrow,” Harper said. “We have a lot of our best events on Saturday and hopefully we’ll swim really well in the morning to set ourselves up for success in the evening.”
The final day of prelims begins on Saturday morning at 11:00 a.m., with the 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly and 1650 free. You can follow live results and live video during the meet at Seminoles.com or follow us on twitter at FSU_swimming.