VIDEO: Cordes Breaks American Record on Two Weeks Rest

 Video edit is courtesy of Coleman Hodges.

100 Breaststroke – Texas Invite – as reported by SwimSwam / Braden Keith

Kevin Cordes broke the American and US Open Records in the 100 yard breaststroke on Friday night at the 2013, swimming a 50.70 to better the 50.74 he went at the 2013 NCAA Championships. His time was the fastest 100 yard breaststroke in history.

In this instance, we won’t make a split comparison, because there was clearly an error in the timing system (Kevin Steel is listed to have split four-tenths faster than Cordes at the turn, though Cordes was clearly ahead), which is perhaps a hair disappointing as he was out very fast. For what it’s worth, the scoreboard read 24.4-26.3.

The swim comes after Cordes split a 22.87 in the 50 yard breaststroke that just missed the 22.83 that Cal’s Damir Dugonjic (who had the 100 breast record before Cordes) as the fastest we’re aware of in history. Cordes’ 50 yard speed, believe it or not, is getting even better – he was about two-tenths faster on this medley than he was at NCAA’s last year. That shows how much more potential speed there is to go in the yards breaststroke races, despite Cordes’ incredible sophomore NCAA championship meet.


  1. bobo gigi says:

    If he can keep that shape for Duel in the Pool in 2 weeks, I think he can break the 200 breast world record there. He will at least break the 100 breast American record of 57.18 by Mike Alexandrov and crush the old 200 breast American record of 2.02.92 by Ed Moses.

  2. has been says:

    Awesome swim, but what’s the point of taking two weeks to rest for a December meet…

    • Braden Keith Braden Keith says:

      has been – Arizona has always tried to get their NCAA cuts in December, and then trained through Pac 12′s. Used to be quite unusual, but these days, more and more teams are doing it, now that the relays are no longer a free ticket for big schools to get their stars into the meet.

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