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Cordes, Relays Lead Arizona Men on Day One
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: March 22, 2012
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March 22, 2012


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Freshman Kevin Cordes (Naperville, Ill.) and the 400 medley and 200 free relay teams led the Arizona Men’s Swimming team on the first day of the 2012 NCAA Men’s Swimming NCAA Championships on Thursday.

Cordes, who swam the breaststroke on the 400 medley relay, recorded a time of 50.62 in his leg to give the Wildcats a runner-up finish.

Sophomores Giles Smith (Baltimore, Md.) and Mitchell Friedemann (Allenton, Wis.) and senior Kelley Wyman (Ft. Pierce, Fla.) rounded out the relay.

In the 200 free relay, Wyman, Friedemann, senior Adam Small (Tempe, Ariz.) and sophomore Tommy Gutman (Jacksonville, Fla.) posted a close third-place finish, a .04 mark behind runner-up Auburn and .17 behind leader California.

Additionally, five Wildcats recorded top-10 finishes.

Senior Austen Thompson (Chandler, Ariz.) and sophomore Miles Joye (Coosada, Ala.) finished fifth and seventh in the 200 IM, respectively, while senior Cory Chitwood (Union, Ky.) finished first in the consolation heat.

Senior Ben Grado (Conifer, Colo.) also won the consolation round on the 1m board, while Small posted a 10th place finish in the 50 free.

As a team, the Wildcats scored a total of 118 points, the most since scoring 137 in 2008.

“We have more points than I thought we would have going into day two, but we will need to have some solid swims in the next couple of days,” Arizona head coach Eric Hansen said. “We just need to be strong and our depth is really going to start to show a lot tomorrow and Saturday.”

Arizona will get right back in the pool for two more full days of competition. On Friday, preliminaries will begin at 11 a.m. and finals at 7 p.m. and events will include the 200 medley relay, 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast, 100 back the 800 free relay and 3m diving.

ESPN3 will stream the championship finals sessions Friday and Saturday. Coverage of the finals sessions Friday and Saturday will also be broadcast on ESPNU at 12:30 p.m. Eastern time, Sunday, April 1.

In addition, all preliminary and finals sessions will be streamed live on

For complete results and continued coverage of Arizona Men’s Swimming, visit or follow @ArizonaSwimming on Twitter.


200 Free Relay

3. Small, Wyman, Friedemann, Gutman – 1:16.71

500 Free

16. Matt Barber – 4:19.40

200 IM

5. Austen Thompson – 1:43.16

7. Woody Joye – 1:44.71

9. Cory Chitwood – 1:43.11

50 Free

10. Adam Small – 19.46


9. Ben Grado – 396.20

400 Medley Relay

2. Friedemann, Cordes, Smith, Wyman – 3:04.83


  1. California – 157.5
  2. Stanford - 140
  3. Texas – 128.5
  4. 4.     ARIZONA - 118
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