TUCSON, Ariz. – For the third straight day a member of the Arizona men’s swim team set a Pac-12 record as Kevin Cordes set the all-time meet mark in the 100 breast to lead the Wildcats on day three at the Pac-12 Championships on Friday inside Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center.
Cordes broke a five year old meet record with his 51.23 in the 100 breast on Friday, breaking Dami Dugonjic of California’s previous record of 51.41. Cordes took first in the event by more than four tenths of a second. Teammate Brad Tandy finished in third with a time of 53.14.
Cordes was not the only member of the Wildcats to earn an individual title on the day as senior Giles Smith took top honors in the 100 fly with a time of 45.92.
The Wildcats had at least one member of the team advance to the “A” final in each event on Friday. Eric Solis and Sam Rowan got it started as they finished 4-5 in the 400 IM. Solis clocked in with a time of 3:45.22, while Rowan finished in 3:46.42. Meanwhile, Michael Meyer won the “B” final with a time of 3:44.66.
In addition to Smith’s victory in the 100 fly, the Wildcats had three other swimmers advance to the “B” final of the event. Renny Richmond placed fourth with a time of 47.11 with Ellis Miller placing sixth and Alan Winder finishing eighth.
Senior Mitchell Friedemann closed out the individual events for the night with a fifth-place finish in the 100 back with a time of 47.01.
Meanwhile, the Cats closed the night in style with a victory in the 400 medley relay as the team of Friedemann, Cordes, Smith and Tandy finished with a time of 3:05.68.
After three days of competition, Arizona is up to third-place in the team standings with 415 points. Cal holds the team lead with 545 points with Stanford in second (471). USC (393) and Utah (196) rounded out the top-five.
Day three of the Pac-12 Championships will begin at 11 a.m. tomorrow with the prelims of the 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly and 1650 free with the finals beginning at 6 p.m. Tomorrow night’s final will also include the 400 free relay.
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