FEDERAL WAY, Wash. – Sophomore Kevin Cordes posted a time of 51.65 to win a title in the 100 breast leading the Arizona swim team on the third day of the Pac-12 Championships on Tuesday at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center.
Cordes recorded an impressive time of 51.43 in the prelims earlier in the day before cruising to victory in the finals. He is the current American record holder in the event with a time of 51.10 which he recorded at the AT&T Winter Nationals back in November. Meanwhile, Carl Mickelson finished fourth with a time of 52.88 and Andrew Sovero placed eighth in 53.71.
The night started off strong for the Wildcats when Eric Solis posted a NCAA "B" cut time of 3:46.32 in the 400 IM final to finish fourth. It was a new personal best time for Solis, breaking his previous best time of 3:48.03, which he recorded in prelims earlier in the day. Freshman Michael Meyer clocked in with a time of 3:47.54 to finish eighth.
In the 100 fly, Arizona junior Giles Smith recorded a third place finish with a time of 46.16. Smith currently owns the third fastest time in the event nationally at 45.81, which was recorded at the AT&T Winter Nationals.
Nimrod Shapira Bar-Or and Woody Joye went 1-2 in the consolation final of the 200 free. Shapira Bar-Or clocked in with a time of 1:35.53 and Joye came in at 1:36.56 – both were NCAA "B" cut times.
Meanwhile, junior Mitchell Friedemann finished fifth in the 100 back with a time of 46.84. Michael Sheppard, who also earned a spot in the finals, finished eighth with a time of 47.72.
To close out the night, the Arizona "B" team won the consolation final as Sheppard (47.96), Mickelson (52.83), Matt Hurko (47.87) and Joye (43.30) cruised to victory with a time of 3:11.96. In the final, the Wildcats placed third as Friedemann (47.35), Cordes (50.91), Smith (46.29) and Shapira Bar-Or (42.25) finished with a time of 3:06.80.
The Wildcats currently sit in fourth place in the team standings with 340 points. Cal leads the way with 583 points followed by Stanford with 520 points and USC with 404.5. Utah (199.5), Arizona State (195), UC Santa Barbara (154) and Cal Poly (74) round out the team standings after three nights of competition.
Wednesday's final day of action will get underway at 11 a.m. (PT) with the prelims of the 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast and 200 fly. The finals will begin at 6 p.m. with those events in addition to the 1650 free and the 400 free relay.
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