Dec. 5, 2012
TUCSON, Ariz. – Fresh off a record performance at the USA Swimming AT&T Winter National Championships over the weekend in Austin, Texas, Arizona sophomore Kevin Cordes has been named Pac-12 Swimmer of the Month for November, Commissioner Larry Scott announced on Wednesday.
Cordes, just a day after breaking the American record in the 100 breast, shattered the 200 record with an amazing time of 1:50.73. The swim not only broke the American record of 1:51.73 set by Mike Alexandrov but it also beat Neil Versfeld's U.S. Open and NCAA record of 1:51.40 set in 2009.
Meanwhile, Cordes led the way with an American record of 51.10 in the 100 breast on day two of the event. He led from start to finish with a strong 23.9 opening 50. The performance bested Alexandrov's meet record of 51.35 from 2010 and also scorched Cordes’ national record of 51.32 set at the 2012 NCAA Championships.
In addition to the individual achievements at the event, he was also a member of Arizona’s 4x400 and 4x200 medley relay teams that set meet records, finishing with times of 3:05.69 and 1:24.84, respectively.
This is Cordes’ second Swimmer of the Month award and Arizona’s seventh all-time.
The Wildcats, along with postgraduates from Tucson Ford Aquatics, earned a total of 15 gold medals at the AT&T Winter National Championships. In addition, they broke nine meet records, three American records, three school records, two U.S. records and an NCAA record.
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