USA Swimming Senior Nationals Results: Kevin Cordes Plays It Safe in 200 Breast Victory

Editorial coverage for U.S. Senior Nationals proudly sponsored by Master Spas!

IRVINE, California, August 7.

Although the swimming community had dreams of a world-record attempt tonight after Tucson Ford’s Kevin Cordes blasted a 2:07.86 for third in the world this morning to break the U.S. Open record, Cordes played it safe tonight to make sure that he earned a spot on the Pan Pacific Championship roster.  He cruised home in a time of 2:09.48, having to hold off a big surge by Bulldogs’ Nic Fink.  Fink managed to take second in 2:09.62 to move to ninth in the world, and could help Cordes do some special things in Australia later this month.

California’s Josh Prenot overtook PASA’s BJ Johnson down the final 50, 2:10.43 to 2:10.77.  Johnson had started a charge at Cordes at the 100-meter mark, but faded down the stretch.

Ohio State’s DJ MacDonald (2:11.27), Badger’s Cody Miller (2:11.41), Nitro’s Will Licon (2:11.68) and Peoria Area’s Matt Elliott (2:12.05) also competed for the national title.

Donner’s Cody Taylor packed a wallop in the final 50 meters to win the B final in 2:12.73, while Tennessee’s Brad Craig finished second in 2:12.78. Both were big personal bests for the swimmers as neither had broken 2:13 before.  Yucaipa’s Trevor Hoyt earned third-place honors with a time of 2:13.19.

Powel Crosley’s Jonathan Rutter managed to pick up a C final win in 2:14.45, even with Dynamo’s Gunnar Bentz roaring home down the stretch.  Bentz ran out of real estate to overhaul Rutter, and settled for second in 2:14.93.  Empire’s Shane McNamara wound up third in 2:15.70.

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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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