2017 U.S. Worlds Trials Previews: Cordes vs. Miller in 100 Breast

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2017 U.S. Nationals/World Championships Trials

  • Tuesday, June 27th-Saturday, July 1st
  • 50-Meter Course
  • Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Meet Info

Michael Andrew and Kevin Cordes (photo: Tim Binning)

The men’s 100 breast field is as stacked as ever, and it looks like it’ll be just as tight a squeeze to make the team this summer as it was at last summer’s Olympic Trials. Rio Olympians Kevin Cordes and Cody Miller both return to battle for a roster spot. Miller, the Olympic bronze medalist, and Cordes have traded the American Record back-and-forth, and have to be considered the frontrunners as the only men in the field to have broken 59 seconds.

There are a handful of men entering with lifetime bests in the 59-mid range. Andrew Wilson is a major threat with a personal best of 59.5 from the 2016 U.S. Open. He smashed NCAA Divison III Records with speed that indicated he could throw down a 59-low in Indianapolis. Josh Prenot, the Olympic silver medalist in the 200 breast, and Nic Fink, who represented the U.S. in this race at 2015 Worlds, are also on the cusp of 59-low. Prenot busted through the 1:00 barrier at Olympic Trials, lowering his time to a 59.6. Fink has been slightly fastest with a 59.5 from the World Cup in 2015, but was shy of that last summer with a 59.8 at Trials.

Another man coming in with a sub-1:00 entry time is age group standout Michael Andrew. After placing 4th in the event at Trials last summer, Andrew will be chasing his own National Age Group Record of 59.82. Fellow age group standout Reece Whitley, who shredded the National High School Record in this event with a 51.84 in the yards pool, could be joining him under the 1:00-barrier from the looks of his improvements during the yards portion of the season.

Will Licon (Photo: Tim Binning)

Will Licon was a finalist in this race at 2016 Olympic Trials, and now looks like even more of a threat after his performances during the NCAA season. Licon was the NCAA champ in all 3 of his individual races, including both breaststrokes. After shifting his focus from the 400 IM to the 100 breast, Licon has developed even more speed in this event. His best is a 1:00.3 from Trials, but it wouldn’t be surprising to see him dip under 1:00.

Also looking good after NCAAs are Connor Hoppe and Carsten Vissering. In the long course pool, Vissering owns a personal best 1:00.86 from 2o15 NCSAs. Hoppe, on the other hand, made a big improvement at 2016 Trials with a 1:00.89. He was close to making finals at 2016 Olympic Trials, but finished 10th in semis. With best times separated by just hundredths, we could see them battling closely for one of the finals spots.

2016 Junior Pan Pac champion Jacob Montague dropped his best time down to a 1:00.6 last summer. Montague has continued to improve during his first year in the NCAA, earning a silver medal in the yards version of this race at the 2017 Big ten Championships. Also in the running is 2017 Big Ten champ Ian Finnerty, who has already been within hundredth of his best this season with a 1:00.77 at the 2017 IU Bucceto Open.


Place Swimmer Best Time Since 2015 Predicted Time
1 Kevin Cordes 58.94 59.1
2 Cody Miller 58.87 59.1
3 Andrew Wilson 59.51 59.3
4 Josh Prenot 59.6 59.5
5 Will Licon 1:00.30 59.6
6 Michael Andrew 59.82 59.7
7 Nic Fink 59.52 1:00.0
8 Reece Whitley 1:00.95 1:00.2

DARKHORSE: Texas A&M’s Jonathan Tybur just missed out on semifinals at Olympic Trials with a 17th place finish. His personal best stands at a 1:01.55 from that meet, and he’s already been within tenths of that with a 1:02.35 in April.

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Miller 58.8 and DQ


For all the Miller haters, go back and watch the final from Olympic Trials. Made the team clean. Really bugs me when people rag on the guy.


Go ahead down vote away.


Watch the underwater view of the medley relay in Rio.
At least two definitive off of the start with a few smaller ones.


Is it possible the relay could be disqualified now if officials decide it’s illegal?


No. Although if that were the case, there would also be several instances from World Cup meets where Hosszu would have lost some IM WR’s.


The U.S would have won anyway, but they risked a DQ… It’s sad that the officials don’t care.

Go Bearcats

Am I blind? Cause it looked incredibly legal to me


I said trials. Everyone, but Peaty was doing them at the Olympics. Clearly the officials don’t care about it at the Olympics.


LOL, ARE YOU KIDDING??? You’ve got it all backwards. Peaty’s stroke is 100% clean. Miller’s the one who took 3 extra dolphin kicks off the start in Rio, and an extra one off the wall. Not to mention each dolphin kick he takes per stroke.

And big whoop if he swam clean at trials (which he didn’t because his entire stroke is illegal). It still doesn’t excuse every other race that he’s swum illegally. One legal race doesn’t excuse his hundreds of illegal ones.


Well he did extra dolphin kicks at the games in Rio so…


Go back and watch his turn on the 4×1 medley final in Rio- too close for comfort in my opinion.


Cordes can beat Miller at champs….. if he doesn’t fully taper for trials. But it’s too risky. He probably wouldn’t qualify :/

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