Another! Kevin Cordes Downs Own 200 Breast NCAA/US Open/American Records

A day removed from breaking his own NCAA, U.S. Open, and American record in the 100 breast (twice), Kevin Cordes was back at it again, winning the 200 breaststroke in 1:48.66, clipping his NCAA, U.S. Open, and American records by two hundredths of a second.

Cordes did what he does best from start to finish, creating great easy speed with an incredibly low stroke count; after three strokes on the first length, he held four strokes for most of the race, before winding it up late to get home.

Here’s a split comparison from his four American record performances:

Cordes ’14 24.47 27.58 28.45 28.16 1:48.66
Cordes Finals ’13 24.61 27.58 28.59 27.90 1:48.68
Cordes Prelims ’13 24.86 27.96 28.45 28.52 1:49.79
Cordes ’12 24.92 28.45 28.49 28.87 1:50.73

Notably, Cody Miller beat Nic Fink to the touch for second, 1:51.82 to 1:51.92.  Anton McKee, a freshman from Alabama, was fourth in 1:52.31.

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Coach Dave
10 years ago

In the past Kevin has swam faster in LC. Look for a breakout season coming up and let your imaginations go wild for 2016!

Reply to  Coach Dave
10 years ago

Hope so, I’d love to see him really reach his long course potential in this race. I would never expect him to put up a 2:04 in 2016… but I would love to see what that would look like.

He’s obviously brilliant in both breaststroke distances, but I think he’s really something special when it comes to the 200. To go a 1:48.6 before anyone else can even get under 1:51.0 is truly awe-inspiring.

bobo gigi
10 years ago

Kevin Cordes will be at his best in long course in 2016 after a full year of long course training.

For next summer I predict he will swim around 59.00/59.20 in the 100 breast and 2.07.50/2.07.75 in the 200 breast.

Reply to  bobo gigi
10 years ago

Those times might be more suited for 2016 goals…that’s a really quick 200.

bobo gigi
Reply to  KD
10 years ago

He was in 2.08.34 last year. No reason he can’t swim under 2.08 next summer.

Reply to  bobo gigi
10 years ago

Well.. I think it may be needed a 2:06 high 2:07 flat to medal… I would not be surprised if Gyurta/Yamaguchi can go 2:06.. at 2:07 we may see Mattison Cordes Koch and maybe someone else too

Reply to  Rafael
10 years ago

Don’t forget Jamieson.

Cordes’s 2:08.3 from last year is only scratching the surface for Kevin.

bobo gigi
10 years ago
10 years ago

I so hope he can get all that speed to really carry over to long course by 2016. 1:48.6 converts roughly to a 2:04… as conversions aren’t always entirely accurate, I don’t think anyone expects him to be that fast at this point. But wouldn’t it be brilliant to see him go a low 2:07, or maybe even get into the 2:06 range?

10 years ago

Congratulations to Kevin!!! I knew you could do it. You are amazing and yet we haven’t seen you at your best. Enjoy the moment.

10 years ago

Go pro man! Dolla dolla bills y’all

10 years ago

Lets face it:Cordes is the swimmer of the meet with two out of reach records.
Honours for Cieslak and Murphy(freshman of the meet).

Reply to  DDias
10 years ago

For sure. Let’s not forget his amazing contribution to his team’s 400 Medley Relay as well!

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