INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana, June 28. KEVIN Cordes picked up his second breaststroke title of the meet with his first sub-1:00 career effort in the men's 100-meter breaststroke at the U.S. Nationals and World Championship Trials.
Cordes, who came into this meet with a 1:00.47 lifetime best from the Santa Clara stop of the Arena Grand Prix this year as well as from the 2012 U.S. Open, popped a 1:00.08 this morning then broke the significant barrier for the first time with a 59.99. That is just the third sub-1:00 time this year, moving behind only Christian Sprenger (59.05) and Fabio Scozzoli (59.77) in the world rankings. Along with his world-record threatening ability in the 200, Cordes has definitely stood up to become the top American breaststroker.
Athens Bulldog' Nic Fink picked off some veteran names for the second spot with a time of 1:00.24. He nearly became the second person to break 1:00 today with his time, dusting off his lifetime best of 1:00.96 from this morning. He entered today with a personal record of 1:01.14 from last summer's Trials. His time tonight shot Fink to ninth in the world rankings.
Trojan's Mike Alexandrov just missed the top two with a third-place time of 1:00.39, while PASA's BJ Johnson touched fourth in 1:00.68. Another few veterans of the event also missed the top two as Tucson Ford's Clark Burckle (1:01.14) and UC Davis' Scott Weltz (1:01.34) picked up fifth and sixth.
Kevin Steel, the 50-meter breaststroke victory, took seventh in 1:01.80, while California's Josh Prenot wound up eighth with a time of 1:01.81.
Brad Craig kept the Tennessee Volunteer contingent happy as the Big Orange-donning breaststroker won the B final in 1:02.18. That's his second-fastest career time, behind only a 1:01.92 from last summer's U.S. Olympic Trials.
NCAP's Carsten Vissering broke through the 1:03 barrier for the first time with a 1:02.97 to win the C final. He undercut his previous best time of 1:03.44 from last summer's Junior Nationals.