For Immediate Release: March 9, 2007
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Binghamton Men's Swimmer David Holmes Qualifies for 2007 NCAA Championship Meet
Bearcat senior becomes the first male swimmer in school and conference history to earn NCAA nod

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VESTAL, N.Y.-- Binghamton University senior swimming standout David Holmes (Doncaster, England) will compete at the 2007 NCAA Division I Swimming Championships to be held on March 15-17 at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center in Minneapolis.

Holmes becomes the first men's swimmer in both school and America East Conference history to draw the honor, joining former BU women's swimmers Yun Qu and Huijue Cai as the only Bearcats to make a Division I NCAA Championship appearance.

"We can't be any prouder for Dave," said swim head coach Sean Clark. "He has worked incredibly hard this season and over the last two years to earn this selection. This is a terrific accomplishment for both him and for our program."

He is scheduled to swim in the 200- and 500-yard freestyle races, as well as the 200-yard butterfly. The 500-yard free race will occur on Thursday, March 15, before the 200-yard free takes place the next day and the 200-yard fly competition runs on March 17. His top times in those events this year place him among the top 40 in the nation in each, with his top time coming in the 200-yard free, where he posted the 17th-fastest swim in the nation.

The senior qualified in the 200-yard freestyle after capturing the gold at the America East Championship meet with a school and meet record time of 1:35.56.

At this year's America East Championship, the senior won three individual events (200 free, 200 fly, 500 free), broke three school records, and swam on a trio of relay wins en route to earning the meet's Most Outstanding Swimmer honors. The following weekend at the ECAC Championships, Holmes duplicated the effort, claiming three more individual crowns and again swimming a leg on three winning BU relay efforts. In addition to his dominance in the pool this season, he was also one of a league-high six Bearcat swimmers to be named to the 2007 America East Swimming and Diving All-Academic team.

Holmes rounds out a trio of Binghamton athletes to qualify for the NCAA Championships this winter, joining freshman wrestler Josh Patterson (Ontario, N.Y.) and senior pole vaulter Rory Quiller (West Point, N.Y.).

The men’s swimming and diving team completed the 2006-07 season with a 6-3 dual meet record and runnerup honors at the America East Championship. During the four-day competition, the Bearcat men won 11 gold medals, broke nine school records and set eight meet records.
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