2014 PAC 12 Championships – 100 BREAST – Reported Jared Anderson
Already the best short-course breaststroker of all-time, Arizona junior Kevin Cordes on the Pac-12 Championships record book in the 100 breast. He went 51.23 to wipe away the championships record set by Cal’s Damir Dugonjic back in 2009. That mark was 51.41. Cordes was his typically great self in the back half, coming home in 26.81.
Cal’s Chuck Katis took home second place with a 52.69. Though a ways behind Cordes, that time was also well ahead of the rest of the field, and isn’t quite at Katis’s lifetime-best, meaning the Harvard transfer may have more to drop come NCAAs.
Arizona’s transfer Brad Tandy took third, going 53.14. That’s just a bit off what he went this morning.
USC’s Andrew Malone went 53.23 for fourth, just a hundredth off what he went this morning. Based on last year’s NCAA invite time, that kind of race should get Malone into the national championships, but with how deep the breaststrokes are turning out this year, he might wind up on or near the bubble, depending on how his 200 goes tomorrow.
Stanford senior Mason Shaw was fifth in 53.31 before another slight dropoff. USC’s Morten Klarskov (53.62), Cal’s Ryan Studebaker (53.79) and USC’s Sergio Lujan-Rivera (53.83) closed off the heat.
Arizona’s Andrew Sovero cut a half-second to emerge from the 3-way prelims tie for 9th place as the consolation champ. He went 53.42, and his teammate Kevin Steel had a nice finals drop of his own to go 53.50 for 10th.