2013LCNationalsKevin Cordes places second in the prelims of the 50 breaststroke.
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AUSTIN, Texas, March 28. Arizona's Kevin Cordes seemed to take his relay disqualification in the 400 medley relay prelims a bit personally, as he scorched the 100-yard breaststroke prelims at the NCAA Division I Men's Championships with a stunning American, NCAA, U.S. Open record.

Cordes dropped a bomb on the crowd in attendance at Texas with a 23.95, 50.55 performance during prelims. That swim beat his own American, U.S. Open and NCAA record of 50.70 (24.42, 50.70) by a long shot with his 50 leadoff being just flatout amazing. There's little doubt Cordes will be winning his third straight 100 breast, to match Damir Dugonjic's three year run from 2009-11.

Michigan's Bruno Ortiz (52.04), California's Chuck Katis (52.14), Western Kentucky's Fabian Schwingenschlogl (52.24), Georgia's Nic Fink (52.37), Missouri's Sam Tierney (52.38) and Indiana's Cody Miller (52.42) finished second through seventh to cleanly make the A final.

Michigan's Richard Funk and Dartmouth's Nejc Zupan set up a swimoff with matching 52.44s.

Florida's Eduardo Solaeche-Gomez (52.47), Alabama's Anton McKee (52.52), Louisville's Thomas Dhalia (52.56), Louisville's Kameron Chastain (52.59), Auburn's Michael Duderstadt (52.74), Florida's Matt Elliott (52.95) and Arizona's Brad Tandy (53.05) all earned team-scoring opportunities in the consolation heat.