Dehli, India – Senior Rob Holderness earned a NCAA automatic qualifying mark in 100 breast at the Commonwealth Games in Dehli, India on Tuesday. The Somerset, England native also broke the Welsh record in the event, swimming a lifetime best time.
“It’s kind of mixed emotions for Rob because he wanted to make the finals in the event,” head coach Neil Harper said. “He can’t control how the other competitors swam and he had two lifetime bests, the Welsh record and an automatic qualifying time. He’s swimming faster than he ever has before and we’re looking for ward to the next event.”
Holderness’ time of 1:01.64 is under the NCAA ‘A’ standard meaning not only has he automatically qualified for the meet in the 100 breast, but now he can compete in any event he earns a NCAA ‘B’ standard time. The senior missed out on the event finals by .04 of a second placing ninth.
“The unfortunate thing is we have to compete without him right now,” Harper said. “At the same time he’s competing at the international level and has that automatic cut and he can focus on the NCAA meet.”
Holderness will return to the pool on Thursday, October 7, for the preliminary heats of the 50 breast.