LAKELAND, Fla. - Florida Southern College brought home three honors at the Polk County All Sports Awards on Tuesday evening at the RP Funding Center. Matthew Holmes (men's swimming) and Camille Giardina (women's basketball) earned the Male and Female Collegiate Athlete of the Year Awards, while the Moccasin's women's basketball team was recognized as the Female Collegiate Team of the Year.
Holmes successfully defended his national title in the 400-individual medley, earned his second-straight Sunshine State Conference Swimmer of the Year honors, and was a first team all-SSC selection. He won the SSC Swimmer of the Week award twice this season, and was an all-American in six total events as a senior. In addition to all-America honors in the 400-IM, Holmes was also an all-American in the 200-IM and 800 free relay. He earned honorable mention accolades in the 400 free relay, 400 medley relay, and 200 breast.
Giardina was the Sunshine State Conference Player of the Year, a WBCA and D2CCA all-American, and the D2CCA South Region Player of the Year. Giardina helped lead the Mocs to a program-record 30 wins, SSC regular-season and tournament titles, and the top seed in the NCAA Division II South Regional. She averaged 19.8 points per game, the top mark in the SSC, and shot 48.3 percent from the floor as a senior. Her 654 total points this year were the second-most in a single season in school history, and she ended her career with 1,939 points, fourth-most in program history.
Florida Southern women's basketball won both the SSC regular-season and tournament titles and set a program record with 30 wins in 2018-19. The Mocs earned the top seed in the NCAA South Regional and hosted the regional for the first time since 1995, advancing to the South Region title game, finishing as the runner-up. Florida Southern led the SSC in 12 different statistical categories, and was among the top 20 nationally in nine categories.
Michael VanDerLaan, who was the D2 individual national champion in men's golf, was joined by Holmes in this year's Circle of Champions at Tuesday night's awards banquet. The Circle of Champions recognizes all Polk County teams and individuals that brought home national or state titles in 2018-19.