Race Video: 2014 PAC 12 Championships 100 Breast, Cordes Wins, 51.23

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.

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Swimmer, third from top should have been disqualified – easily a full 2 yards past the 15m mark before his head came up! So obvious!


That’s not a rule in breaststroke.

Stuart – not sure if you’re making a joke or not, but there’s no 15 meter rule in breaststroke.


Yeah!!! Mel, got my humor! — Poking fun at where breaststroke is heading!! We will eventually get to the point where starts will be so fast and streamlined, the first 25 will be ALL underwater and you just come up to turn!! However lane 3 did spent a lot of time under water especially at end where he slowed down considerably after the 15 m mark and kind of floated up — he would have been better to come up when the rest of the field did!


Oops – sorry it was Braden not Mel!

bobo gigi

“Already the best short course breaststroker of all time”
I would rather say the best short course yards breaststroker of all time.
He has all the records in yards and has won American and NCAA championships.
However, he has no world records and no world titles in SCM. Not yet.


Have to agree.. even on short course he is far from having the dominance of Gyurta on 200 (IF I recall.. 6 or 7 times from the 10 top best ever are his and the top 5 textile also).

SCY Ok.. SCM… far from it

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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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