Kevin Cordes, 200 Breast American Record, 1:50.73, Video Interview

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Men’s 200 Breast via Keith Report:

Kevin Cordes broke his 2nd American and U.S. Open Records in this 200 breaststroke with a 1:50.73 win, including an opening 100 of 53.3. (Read more about his American Record here). He and training partner Clark Burckle, who is a post-grad representing Tucson Ford, were almost dead-even at the turn, but Cordes was surprisingly able to out-close the Olympic Burckle.

Burckle had a roller-coaster of a time after this race; he initially believed that he too had broken the old American/U.S. Open Records in the race when he touched in 1:51.20, but was then DQ’ed. Different reports from on deck have said that the call was either for multiple dolphin kicks on a pullout or for a small separation of the feet that an official identified as a flutter kick.

About 15 minutes after that DQ though, with Burckle remaining in high spirits, his time was reinstated following a protest from his coach Eric Hansen. They now walk away with the #1 and #2 fastest swims ever in this event from the same race.

Trojan’s Mike Alexandrov, who used to train in Tucson as well, was 3rd in 1:52.24, followed by yet another Wildcat, Austen Thompson, in 1:54.73.

Indiana’s four-time Big Ten Champion Cody Miller took 5th in 1:54.89, and Tennessee senior Bradley Craig was 6th in 1:55.11.

In the B-Final, future Texas Longhorn William Licon won in 1:57.07. USC 20-year old freshman Morten Klarskov was just behind him in 1:57.42, and Texas’ 20-year old freshman Imri Ganiel was 11th in 1:57.85. Ganiel’s breaststrokes become even more significant now that Nick D’Innocenzo is seemingly off of the squad for this year.

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About Gold Medal Mel Stewart

Gold Medal Mel Stewart

MEL STEWART Jr., aka Gold Medal Mel, won three Olympic medals at the 1992 Olympic Games. Mel's best event was the 200 butterfly. He is a former World, American, and NCAA Record holder in the 200 butterfly. As a writer/producer and sports columnist, Mel has contributed to Yahoo Sports, Universal Sports, …

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