Kevin Cordes
Courtesy of: Peter H. Bick
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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.

Splits
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)

Team Standings
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