Kevin Cordes Scares 50-Point Barrier With Scorching 100 Breast American, NCAA Record

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AUSTIN, Texas, March 28. ARIZONA’s Kevin Cordes, who has had a pair of astonishing relay splits wiped out due to disqualifications, took out his frustration on the men’s 100-yard breaststroke at the NCAA Division I Men’s Championships.

Cordes set the American record for the seventh time, but tonight might have been the most special as he demonstrated that the men’s 100-yard breaststroke is ready to reach an incredible low of 49 seconds. This evening, he blasted the field with a jaw-dropping 50.04 after going out in 23.58. This after posting a 50.55 this morning to break his previous American and NCAA record of 50.70 from last December.

“It never gets old. It’s what you work for the whole year. the team works for it. I’m really excited to bring another one back to Arizona,” Cordes said. “I’m pretty excited so far. It’s not over. We still have a lot of work to do but it’s really a good feeling. I tried to take it out faster and it really worked with the speed in my turns.”

That’s three straight wins for Cordes, joining just Brendan Hansen (4), Steve Lundquist (4), Damir Dugonjic (3), John Hencken (3), Jeremy Linn (3) and Richard Nelson (3) as three time winners in the event’s history at NCAAs. Hansen had the pleasure of handing out the awards this evening.

Cordes already had a 49.95 400 medley split and a 23.01 200 medley relay split wiped out by DQs.

Georgia’s Nic Fink picked up second-place honors in 51.48, while Michigan’s Richard Funk took third in 51.96.

California’s Chuck Katis (52.02), Missouri’s Sam Tierney (52.07), Indiana’s Cody Miller (52.09), Michigan’s Bruno Ortiz (52.12) and Western Kentucky’s Fabian Schwingenschlogl (52.25) posted the rest of the swims in the historic finale.

Louisville’s Thomas Dahlia prevailed in the consolation heat with a 52.08, while Florida’s Eduardo Solaeche-Gomez took second in 52.35.

Louisville’s Kameron Chastain (52.51), Auburn’s Michael Duderstadt (52.54), Dartmouth’s Nejc Zupan (52.69), Alabama’s Anton McKee (52.78), Arizona’s Brad Tandy (52.94) and Florida’s Matt Elliott (53.04) snared the rest of the team points out of the B final.

Splits
1 Cordes, Kevin JR Arizona 50.55 50.04N 20
r:+0.71 10.54 23.58 (13.04)
36.83 (13.25) 50.04 (13.21)
2 Fink, Nicolas JR Georgia 52.37 51.48 17
r:+0.70 10.85 23.99 (13.14)
37.50 (13.51) 51.48 (13.98)
3 Funk, Richard JR Michigan 52.44 51.96 16
r:+0.65 11.03 24.45 (13.42)
38.32 (13.87) 51.96 (13.64)

Team Standings
1. Texas 249.5
2. California 248.5
3. Florida 244
4. Michigan 195
5. Georgia 178
6. Arizona 119.5
7. Auburn 91
8. USC 87
9. Florida State 85
10. Louisville 74

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Author: Jason Marsteller

Jason Marsteller is the general manager of digital properties at Swimming World. He joined Swimming World in June 2006 as the managing editor after previous stints as a media relations professional at Indiana University, the University of Tennessee, Southern Utah University and the Utah Summer Games.

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