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Cordes named Pac-12 Swimmer of the Year

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TUCSON, Ariz. – After rewriting the record books in both the 100 breast and 200 breast, Arizona junior Kevin Cordes was named Pac-12 Swimmer of the Year for the second straight year, the league announced on Wednesday. The awards were voted on by the Pac-12 head men's swimming coaches.

Cordes, who was already named NCAA Swimmer of the Year, won two individual national championships in record setting fashion last week at the NCAA Championships. Cordes broke his own American, NCAA and U.S. Open records in both the 100 (50.04) and 200 yard breast (1:48.66), making him the fastest swimmer in history for those two events. 

Cordes opened the 2013-14 campaign by shattering his own American record in the 100 breast with a time of 50.70 at the Texas Invite in December. Meanwhile, he was just short of his American record in the 200 breast in Texas. He won every Pac-12 Swimmer of the Month award this season and finished undefeated on in individual events in the breaststroke.

In addition, Cordes represented Team USA in Glasgow, Scotland for the 2013 Duel in the Pool. The U.S. vs. Europe event came down to a tiebreaker as Cordes was instrumental in helping Team USA take the crown. His time of 56.88 in the 100 breast broke the previous standard of 57.18 by Mike Alexandrov at the 2010 Short Course World Championships. The time also moved Cordes up to third place in the world in 2013, behind European textile record holder Fabio Scozzoli (56.49) and multi-Olympic gold medalist Daniel Gyurta (56.79). Meanwhile, Cordes took third place in the 200 breast with a time of 2:02.38. The American record time shattered Ed Moses' previous record time of 2:02.92 from 2004.

In addition to his individual performances in Scotland, Cordes was also part of the winning 400 medley relay team along with the clinching 200 mixed medley relay team. Team USA and Team Europe were tied at the end of the Dual in the Pool, which forced the tiebreaker.

The Naperville, Ill. native added conference titles in the 100 and 200 breaststroke at the Pac-12 Championships. Cordes became the first swimmer to earn back-to-back Pac-12 Swimmer of the Year honors since former Wildcat Ryk Neethling won an incredible four straight awards from 1997-2000.

Dave Durden of Cal was named Pac-12 Coach of the Year and Ryan Murphy of Cal was named Pac-12 Freshman/Newcomer of the Year to round out the men's swimming honors.

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