The Most Epic 200 Breaststroke of All Time, Cordes’ 1:48.68, Post Race Interview

Video by Garrett McCaffrey.

Kevin Cordes breaks the NCAA Record, American Record and U.S. Open Record in the 200 yard breaststroke at the 2013 Men’s NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships.

Wow. Just wow.

His time, a 1:48.68, converts to 2:04.63 in meters!

The world record in the 200 meters breaststroke is a 2:07.01, owned by Akihiro Yamaguchi, set September 15, 2012.

Welcome to the swimming wonderland, the new world beyond the 2012 Olympics, when rising talent teases us with greatness to come.

The audience thundered when Cordes dropped that time, and everyone expected it to be mind-blowing after his prelim hyper-speed…which appeared effortless. Considering his distance per stroke, Cordes may well be a better meters breaststoker. Until we see him cut his teeth on meters this spring and summer (at U.S. World Championship Trials), congrats to the man who wowed us all tonight and won CSCAA Swimmer of the Year.

Kevin Cordes' Grandmother (in the stands tonight) showing her support!

Kevin Cordes’ Grandmother (in the stands tonight) showing her support!

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This video was captured by swimswam contributor Garrett McCaffrey.

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Congratulations! It was a privilege to watch your record breaking swims. Will look forward to cheering you on in the future!

jean Michel

We have not seen such a good and fast breasstroker for a long time . The Us squad in Barcelona will welcome his presence open arms . The medley relay ? Grevers , Cordes , Shields and Adrian ? Why not …..

bobo gigi

You probably mean on the American’s side. If not, you forget Kosuke Kitajima, Daniel Gyurta, Cameron van der Burgh, the late Alexander Dale Oen, the young Akihiro Yamaguchi (59.56 and 2.07.01 last year and he’s only 18) and plenty others. If you talk about USA, yes, he’s the best breaststroker talent since Brendan Hansen. And look at Andrew Seliskar too! 53.26 and 1.54.87 in SCY this year and he’s only 16!


” The Us squad in Barcelona will welcome his presence open arms .” He was talking about US, Bobo. That relay is gonna be dominant! I might switch out McGill for Shields, though.

ole 99

The fact that 75% of the US medley relay might be made up of guys from Illinois (Grevers, Cordes, McGill) seems very bizarre in this day and age of swimming. I know none of them train there, but can’t imagine any state other than California ever having that high a percentage.

bobo gigi

I read : “His time, a 1.48.68, converts to 2.04.63 in meters!”
Come on Mel Stewart! You are too smart and too serious not to make this kind of crazy conversions! Convert SCY times to SCM times but SCY times to LCM times, it doesn’t mean anything! With the time conversion tool of swimswam, 1.48.68 converts to 2.00.63 in SCM! In comparison, the SCM world record of Daniel Gyurta is 2.00.67! It’s the good comparison to make.
Congrats Mr Cordes! It’s a phenomenal swim.

bobo gigi

And same remark for Garrett McCaffrey too! I have just listened to the interview. He makes the same crazy conversion! Like plenty of others on swimswam.


Does anyone else find it hilarious that Bobo (whichever one is the real one) is the only one who can make ridiculous predictions and statements about times and when anyone else does he gets upset?

Don’t want people treading on your ridiculousness turf, eh?!


I totally agree with u Coacherik ; the french arrogance is well known for a long time in Belgium ; we don`t pay attention to it anymore . His predictions don`t come from intuition but from his so called certainty in swimming expertise .What i said about Cordes is obvious to anybody in swimming world . Let`s have fun soon for the Us trials ……yipiiiii Usa for gold

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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