TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Senior Rob Holderness will take a break from the college season to compete against some of the best swimmers in the world at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India.
“There is some great competition from all over the world so it should be a great meter to where he’s at and how far he’s risen up the world rankings,” FSU head coach Neil Harper said. “It’s a great thing for us because it gets Florida State some exposure on an international scene that could pay dividends in the future.”
Holderness, who swims for Great Britain, will compete in the 50, 100 and 200 breast. The Somerset, England native will begin competition on Tuesday with the quarterfinal heats of 100 breast.
Not only will the Commonwealth Games be a great opportunity for Holderness to see where he ranks in the world two years before the 2012 Olympics, but it is also a chance to earn his NCAA qualification times early in the season.
The great thing about the commonwealth games is that it is two years before the Olympics so he gets to see where he is two years before London 2012,” Harper said. “Also, if he really swims lights out he might be able to get his NCAA qualifications taken care of.”
Holderness earned honorable mention All-American honors in 2010 with a ninth-place finish in the 200 breast. He is also the reigning ACC Champion in that event. To follow Holderness’s progress, stay with www.seminoles.com.