Dec. 16, 2012
TUCSON, Ariz. – Arizona sophomore Kevin Cordes won a gold and a bronze, while freshman Bonnie Brandon earned a silver to help pace Team USA at the FINA World Swimming Championships in Istanbul, Turkey. Meanwhile, Arizona head coach Eric Hansen coached the U.S. men to 16 medals, which doubled the next closest country.
In Sunday’s finale, Cordes helped lead an impressive gold medal winning performance by the U.S. in the 4x100m medley relay. Cordes (57.15) along with Matt Grevers (50.00), Tom Shields (48.66) and Ryan Lochte (45.22) ripped off a 3:21.03 for the victory.
Cordes, who broke a pair of American records just a couple weeks ago at the AT&T Winter National Championships, earned a bronze medal in the 100 breast with a time of 57.83. The bronze medal was the first for Cordes in international competition.
Meanwhile, Arizona freshman Bonnie Brandon continues to impress as she earned a silver medal in the 200 back with a time of 2:03.19. It was the second fastest time in the world this year and it also ranks in the top-20 all-time. Like Cordes, Brandon also shined at the AT&T Winter National Championships two weeks ago as she shattered the school record in the 200 back with a time of 1:51.49.
Grevers, who trains with Tucson Ford Aquatics, won gold in the 100 back with a time of 49.89 and earned a silver medal in the 50m backstroke with a time of 23.17. Meanwhile, Grevers also captured gold in the 4x100 free relay along with Anthony Ervin, Ryan Lochte and Jimmy Feigen with a time of 3:06.40.
The United States’ 27 total medals were the most among all countries at the FINA World Championships. The U.S. also won a country-high 11 gold medals which matched any other country’s total medals. Ryan Lochte was named Male Swimmer of the Meet with his six gold medals, one silver and one bronze medal.
Current Wildcat Ellyn Baumgardner along with postgraduates Clark Burckle and Christine Magnuson also competed for Team USA in the event. In addition, Michael Meyer, who will join the Wildcats for the spring semester also participated in the event, while swimming for South Africa.
The Arizona women will be back in action on January 4 when they host Northern Arizona, Oregon State and New Mexico State. The men’s swim team will return to competition on January 25 when Cal comes to town for a Pac-12 dual meet.
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