2013LCNationalsKevin Cordes places first in the prelims of the 100 breaststroke.
Courtesy of: Peter H. Bick
GLASGOW, Scotland, December 21. A monster swim from Kevin Cordes knotted up the team score at the Duel in the Pool as Cordes tracked down his second American record in as many days.

Cordes popped a blistering time of 56.88 for the win. That effort vaulted him to third in the world behind Fabio Scozzoli (56.49) and Daniel Gyurta (56.79), and unified the American record and American best in the 100 breast.

Mike Alexandrov owned the official mark with a 57.18 from Dubai in 2010, and the fastest legal time by an American with a 57.16 from Manchester in 2009.


USA Swimming decided that American records set in techsuits after Oct. 1, 2009 -- when USA Swimming implemented the techsuit ban domestically - would not be ratified. This is the case even for times swum legally in international events where ban was not in effect yet.

Marco Koch closed strong with a second-place time of 57.05, bettering his fifth-ranked season best of 57.14 from Herning. Damir Dugonjic picked up third-place points with a 57.08 to vault to sixth in the world.

Michael Jamieson (57.52), Nic Fink (58.29), Andrew Willis (58.77) and Cody Miller (59.15) finished fourth through seventh.