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Kevin Cordes Earns Academic Nods
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: May 17, 2013
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May 17, 2013

TUCSON - Adding to his already long list of accomplishments, Arizona swimmer Kevin Cordes was named to the 2013 CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-District At-Large Team on Thursday. The rising junior majoring in pre-business carries a 3.5 GPA. He was named to the Pac-12 All-Academic Team in April.

Cordes, who was named NCAA Swimmer of the Year and Pac-12 Swimmer of the Year, won two individual national championships in record setting fashion and was part of a relay national championship at the NCAA Championships. Cordes broke the American, NCAA and U.S. Open records in both the 100 yard (50.74) and 200 yard breast (1:48.68), making him the fastest swimmer in history for those two events.

He was also part of the national champion and school-record breaking 400 medley relay team as he swam the fastest 100 breast split in relay history. Cordes opened the 2012-13 campaign by setting a pair of American records in the 100 and 200 breaststroke at the AT&T Winter Nationals in November and followed it up with a pair of medals - a gold and a bronze - at the 2012 FINA World Swimming Championships in December.

The Naperville, Ill. native added conference titles in the 100 and 200 breaststroke at the Pac-12 Championships. Cordes became the first Wildcat to earn Pac-12 Men's Swimmer of the Year since Simon Burnett won the honor in 2006.

The 2013 CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-District® At-Large Teams, selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America, have been released to recognize the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom. Capital One has been the entitlement rights holder to CoSIDA's Academic All-America teams programs since 2011.

First-team Academic All-District honorees advance to the Capital One Academic All-America Team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All-America honorees will be selected later this month.

To be nominated, a student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative GPA (on a 4.0 scale) who has completed at least one full year at their current institution, and must have participated in at least 50 percent of the team's games.

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