Kevin Cordes Got “Antsy” Watching 100 Breast At 2015 FINA World Championships (SW Radio)

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Kevin Cordes did not get the opportunity to race in the 100 breaststroke at the FINA world championships, and watching the fast swims in that event got him anxious to compete in the 50 breast in Russia. The result was a lifetime best in the preliminaries with a 26.93.

“I kind of got a little antsy watching the 100 (breast),” he said. “I was ready to go, but still taking it one step at a time, one race at a time.”

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Cordes nearly broke the American record in the event, and said competing in the heat with 100 breast winner Adam Peaty gave him an added boost.

“Whenever people are going fast, there are people to race, and it always gets you a little … more ready to go,” he said.

Americans don’t race the 50s of the strokes often, whereas the rest of the world are well-versed in the event. Cordes didn’t let that faze him in the prelims, saying it’s just another event and “you just go out there and move on and try to advance.”

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