For Immediate Release: November 8, 2005
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Binghamton swimmer Holmes named America East Performer of the Week

America East Conference Release

VESTAL, N.Y.--Binghamton University sophomore David Holmes (Doncaster, England) has been named the America East Men's Swimming Performer of the Week for Nov. 1-7. This is the first time this season and the third time in his career he has received this honor; Nov. 9-15, 2004 and Jan.11-17, 2005 he was named Performer of the Week.

Holmes swam the final leg of 400 free relay that was the deciding race in the Bearcats' 123-120 win over defending America East Champion UMBC on Saturday. In that race, Holmes swam the last leg approximately a second and a half faster than his next quickest competitor to touch the wall in 3:11.73 for the victory in the race and meet. He also won the 200 free in 1:40.43. Another critical moment in the Bearcats upset was in the 200 fly, when Holmes touched the wall in 1:52.68, four thousands of a second faster than UMBC's Geza Szabo. Had he not won that event than Binghamton would not have been in the position to win the meet. Binghamton men's team improved to 4-0 overall and 2-0 against conference foes after defeating two-time defending America East Champion UMBC for the first time.

"I am very proud of what David did on Saturday," head coach Patrice Back said. "The men's team in general has been training very hard, David is no exception. I think he is really figuring how to train in order to swim fast throughout the season. Part of that is that is fine tuning of his strokes and turns. It is paying off. This is a great honor for him and the team."

The Bearcats next travel to America East foe New Hampshire on November 13 for a 11 a.m. meet.

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