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Cordes, Thompson Highlight Day Two in Texas
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: December 02, 2011
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Dec. 2, 2011

AUSTIN, Texas -

Freshman Kevin Cordes (Naperville, Ill.) and senior Austen Thompson (Chandler, Ariz.) highlighted the second day of another impressive performance by the Arizona Swimming team at the Texas Invite on Friday.

In his first major college swimming meet, Cordes not only qualified for the NCAA Championships in the 100 breast, but also set a pool record with a time of 51.76, shattering Olympian Brendan Hansen’s record of 51.96 set in 2003.

Junior Carl Mickelson (Chandler,Ariz.) and senior Kelley Wyman (Ft. Pierce, Fla.) also qualified for NCAAs in the 100 breast.

Thompson posted a time of 3:39.37 in the 400 IM, also qualifying for NCAAs and earning the best time in the country.

In addition, Arizona’s relay teams controlled the pool once again, qualifying in the men’s and women’s 200 medley relays.

Sophomores Sarah Denninghoff (Tucson, Ariz.), Aubrey Peacock (Jacksonville, Fla.) and Margo Geer (Milford Center, Ohio) and junior Ellyn Baumgardner (Fairfax, Va.) swam on the women’s relay and sophomores Mitchell Friedemann (Allenton, Wis.) and Giles Smith (Baltimore, Md.), junior Nick Popov (Karlsruhe, Germany) and Wyman swam on the men’s relay.

Denninghoff, Friedemann and senior Cory Chitwood (Union, Ky.) all earned automatic NCAA bids in the 100 back as well.

“I was really happy with the day,” Arizona head coach Eric Hansen said. “The team came together and continued where we left off on day one. We got both of our relays qualified and I think our depth is continuing to shine.”

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