Jan. 11, 2012
TUCSON, Ariz. -
Arizona freshman swimmer Kevin Cordes (Naperville, Ill.) has been named Pac-12 Swimmer of the Month for the month of December, Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott announced on Wednesday.
Cordes garnered national attention after impressive performances at the Texas Invitational, his first major college swimming meet. His times in his three events all automatically qualified him for the NCAA Championships and he currently holds the fastest time in the country in the 100 breast and the 400 medley relay and the third-fastest time in the 200 breast.
In Austin, Cordes won the 100 breast in a time of 51.76, shattering Olympian Brendan Hansen’s pool record of 51.96 set in 2003. He also added a win in the 400 medley relay (3:06.98) and a third-place finish in the 200 breast (1:53.55).
The honor is Cordes’ first, but Arizona’s second this season, after senior Cory Chitwood’s (Union, Ky.) won for the month of November. It is Arizona Swimming’s sixth honor all-time.
Arizona is the nation’s top-ranked team in the latest College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) poll.