AUSTIN, Texas, December 7. ONE of the best sports information departments in the country made sure their videographers had a camera focused on Arizona’s Kevin Cordes during his American-record swim at the Texas Invitational.
Typically, media relations people only focus on their own swimmers, but the swimming-savvy pros at Texas knew they had to capture a historic moment, and here it is.
Cordes couldn’t let Nick Thoman have all the fun tonight as the Wildcat took down the American record in the men’s 100-yard breast at the Texas Invitational this evening.
After teasing the likelihood of a record with a 50.83 this morning, Cordes blazed his way to a 50.70 this evening (10.61, 13.81, 12.59, 13.69) this evening in Austin. That performance took down his previous American and U.S. Open mark of 50.74 set in March at NCAAs this year.
That’s Cordes’ fourth time under 51 seconds now, as he previously also clocked a 50.93 at NCAAs as well. Also, incidentally, his time tonight also stands as the NCAA and U.S. Open record as well.
Teammate Kevin Steel took second in 52.58, while USC’s Morten Klarskov placed third in 53.65.