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Courtesy of: Peter H. Bick
Courtesy of: Peter H. Bick
AUSTIN, Texas, March 29. ARIZONA's Kevin Cordes clipped his American, NCAA and U.S. Open record in the men's 200-yard breaststroke at the NCAA Division I Men's Championships.
Cordes looked smooth throughout the entire race, closing out with a winning time of 1:48.66. That swim bettered his previous mark by .02 as he won last year's title with a 1:48.68. That gives Cordes the top six times all time, after having already clocked a 1:50.44 this morning.
"It's really satisfying to end the meet out like this. We had a little rough patch and some bad breaks but I finished it off strong. I couldn't be happier," Cordes said. "I definitely wanted to defend my titles and improve on my times and, fortunately, I was able to do that."
Indiana's Cody Miller turned in a 1:51.82 for second overall, moving to eighth overall in the event's history, while Georgia's Nic Fink placed third in 1:51.92. Alabama's Anton McKee took fourth overall this evening in 1:52.31.
California kept piling on the team points as it extended its lead as Chuck Katis (1:52.64) and Josh Prenot (1:52.97) finished fifth and sixth. California is just trying to keep its lead ahead of a potential 25 point hit from Texas in diving.
Michigan's Richard Funk (1:53.81) and Missouri's Sam Tierney (1:53.83) also competed in the championship heat.
Florida's Matt Elliott clinched the B final title with a time of 1:53.30, while teammate Eduardo Solaeche-Gomez turned in a second-place time of 1:53.55. Purdue's Lyam Dias rounded out the top three in 1:53.58.
Texas' Will Licon, who had qualified ninth, lost some potential seeded points with a fourth-place 1:53.69. Louisville's Thomas Dahlia (1:53.72) and Addison Bray (1:53.77) finished fifth and sixth, while Wisconsin's Nick Schafer (1:54.23) and Virginia's Yannick Kaeser (1:54.69) snared seventh and eighth.
1 Cordes, Kevin JR Arizona 1:50.44 1:48.66N 20
r:+0.74 24.47 52.05 (27.58)
1:20.50 (28.45) 1:48.66 (28.16)
2 Miller, Cody SR Indiana 1:51.85 1:51.82 17
r:+0.65 25.10 53.78 (28.68)
1:22.79 (29.01) 1:51.82 (29.03)
3 Fink, Nicolas JR Georgia 1:52.58 1:51.92 16
r:+0.70 25.32 53.93 (28.61)
1:22.98 (29.05) 1:51.92 (28.94)
1. California 412.5
2. Texas 370.5
3. Florida 335
4. Michigan 268
5. Georgia 253
6. Auburn 174
7. USC 156
8. Arizona 155.5
9. Stanford 136
10. Indiana 129
Results: NCAA Division I Men's Championships: Day Three Finals