INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana, June 26. TUCSON Ford's Kevin Cordes made a serious run at the world record in the men's 200-meter breaststroke at the U.S. Nationals and World Championship Trials, but wound up settling for just a world-leading time. That's a scary thought…he settled for a world best.
Cordes, out under Akihiro Yamaguchi's world-record pace at the 150-meter mark (2:07.01 WR), faded a bit down the stretch but still managed a world-leading time of 2:08.34. That swim cleared Vyacheslav Sinkevich's previous world leader of 2:08.62 from Russian Nationals, and also blasted Cordes' personal best of 2:09.16 from this morning.
28.91, 1:01.22 (32.31), 1:34.25 (33.03), 2:08.34 (34.09)
Cordes obviously loves this pool as he took down the short course yard American records here at the IU Nat while swimming for the Arizona Wildcats at NCAAs. He clocked a 50.74 and 1:48.68 in the 100-yard and 200-yard breaststroke events, and posted some startling relay splits as well. Cordes also nearly took down the American record of 2:07.42 held by Eric Shanteau since 2009.
PASA's BJ Johnson vaulted his way to the second spot on the Worlds roster with a 2:10.09. That swim moved him up to fifth in the world rankings, breaking his lifetime best of 2:10.87 from the 2012 U.S. Open Championships.
Athens Bulldog Nic Fink, who jumped into the top five in the world this morning with a sizzling 2:10.12, finished third overall with a time of 2:10.97. Tucson Ford's Clark Burckle (2:11.70), California's Josh Prenot (2:12.23), Indiana's Cody Miller (2:12.91), Trojan's Mike Alexandrov (2:13.12) and Peoria Area's Matt Elliott (2:16.06) also swam in the finale.
UC Davis' Scott Weltz, who made the Olympic squad last summer, wound up winning the B final this year with a time of 2:12.55. He had much more speed a year ago, when he clocked a 2:09.01 at Trials. He went on to clock a 2:08.99 at the London Olympics.
NCAP's Carsten Vissering cut four seconds off his personal best in the event heading into the meet after winning the C final in 2:15.85. This morning, he clocked a 2:17.46 to clear his previous lifetime best of 2:19.22 just to earn a second swim.