Cordes Breaks NCAA, American U.S. Open Records On Day 2 Of NCAA Men’s Championships

Cordes Breaks NCAA, American, U.S. Open Records On Day 2 Of NCAA Men’s Championships

Written by Sharon Robb

March 29, 2013

Kevin Cordes, a sophomore at Arizona, broke the NCAA, American, and U.S. Open records in the 100-yard breaststroke Friday night at the NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships.

Cordes has been working with Matt Grevers, Eric Hansen and other members of the Arizona coaching staff and it showed in front of a near-capacity crowd on its feet cheering him home.

Cordes won his first NCAA title in a record time of 50.74. His splits were 23.87 and 26.87. It was the third time this season Cordes improved his own American record. He had first lowered it in morning prelims in 50.93.

Michigan continues to lead the team standings headed in Saturday’s third and final day of competition. The Wolverines have 336 points, ahead of California with 301.5 and Arizona with 234.5. Florida jumped to fifth with 196.5 points.

In the biggest upset of the night, David Nolan knocked off two-time defending champion Tom Shields to win the 100-yard backstroke in 44.99. Shields was second in 45.21.

Stanford’s Tom Kremer broke a 26-year-old national age group record in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:33.07. Troy Dalbey held the record in 1:33.28. Kremer, a freshman, finished third in the “A” final. Kremer has dual citizenship but competes for Israel internationally. Joao De Lucca of Louisville won in 1:31.51.

Michigan won its first NCAA event title in the 200-yard medley in 1:22.27 with Miguel Ortiz, Bruno Ortiz, Sean Fletcher and Zach Turk. The old record of 1:22.36 was held by Auburn. Since the Ortiz brothers are citizens of Spain, Japan and Brazil the Wolverines could not be credited with an American record.

Florida qualified seven swimmers for finals, including two into the “A” finals. Sophomore Carlos Omana of Miami, the top Florida Gold Coast finisher, just missed the finals in the 400-yard individual medley finishing 17th in 3:45.87 and was first alternate. Florida teammate Sebastien Rousseau was disqualified in the IM for the back to breast turn.

Stanford’s Kris Ipsen defended his 3-meter diving title with a come-from-behind victory. Ipsen overtook leader Nick McCrory of Duke on the final dive to win with 450.60 points.

In the final event of the evening, Florida knocked off Michigan to win the 800-yard freestyle relay in 6:13.27 with freshman Pawel Werner, Sebastian Rousseau, Marcin Cieslak and Dan Wallace.

On Thursday’s opening night, Vlad Morozov had a 17.86 50-yard freestyle split on the 200-yard freestyle relay. It was the first time any swimmer has split under 18 seconds in a 50 freestyle in any kind of suit at any level. Even more amazing was that it was on USC’s third relay leg.

While being interviewed by local TV stations during the NCAA, USA Swimming national team director Frank Busch supported merging the men’s and women’s NCAA Division I meets and keeping them in Indianapolis.

“I believe Indianapolis should be the Omaha of college swimming,” said Busch, referring to the College World Series annually held in Omaha, Nebraska. “I believe the meet should be combined and the meet should be at Indianapolis every year.”


TEAM TOTALS: 1. Michigan 336, 2. California 301.5, 3. Arizone 234.5, 4. Southern California 212, 5. Florida 196.5, 6. Texas 192, 7. Stanford 169, 8. Auburn 167.5, 9. Indiana 151, 10. Georgia 106, 17. Louisville 44, 19. Florida State.

200-yard medley relay:

1.Michigan 1:22.27, 2. California 1:23.17, 3. Arizona 1:23.23, 10. Florida State 1:25.80, 13. Florida 1:26.02.

400-yard individual medley:

1.Chase Kalisz, Georgia 3:38.05, 2. Michael Weiss, Wisconsin 3:39.61, 3. Dan Wallace, Florida 3:39.87, 17. Carlos Omana, Florida 3:45.87, Sebastian Rousseau, Florida, DQ.

100-yard butterfly:

1.Tom Shields, California 44.59, 2. Marcin Cieslak, Florida 45.35, 3. Sean Fletcher, Michigan 45.54.

200-yard freestyle:

1.Joao De Lucca, Louisville 1:31.51, 2. Dimitry Colupaev, Southern Cal 1:32.74, 3. Tom Kremer, Stanford 1:33.07.

100-yard breaststroke

1.Kevin Cordes, Arizona 50.74, 2. Kevin Steel, Arizona 51.69, 3. Richard Funk, Michigan 51.84, 32. Renato Prono, Tennessee 54.14.

100-yard backstroke:

1.David Nolan, Stanford 44.99, 2. Tom Shields, California 45.21, 3. Eric Ress, Indiana 45.31.

3-meter springboard diving:

1.Kris Ipsen, Stanford 450.60, 2. Nick McCrory, Duke 440.40, 3. Darian Schmidt, Indiana 425.50.

800-yard freestyle relay:

1.Florida 6:13.27 (Pawel Werner, Sebastien Rousseau, Marcin Cieslak, Dan Wallace), 2. Michigan 6:15.54, 3. Southern California 6:15.94.

Sharon Robb can be reached at

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 75: Frank Busch Era Introduced At USAS Convention In Jacksonville

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 75: Frank Busch Era Introduced At USAS Convention In Jacksonville

September 15, 2011


Frank Busch officially left his University of Arizona and Tucson Ford Dealers coaching jobs on May 2 for his new position as USA Swimming National Team Director.

He may have gotten a late start for plans leading up to the 2012 London Olympics, but is already getting a head start for the 2013-2016 quadrenium leading up to the 2016 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Summer Olympics.

That was evident after the two-time Olympic coach shared his overall vision and plans with coaches and officials during the United States Aquatic Sports Convention currently being held this week in Jacksonville.

Among the highlights:

***The ConocoPhillips National Championships meet will be moved in odd-numbered years to an earlier schedule date to avoid the situation that occurred this past summer where national team swimmers were forced to compete at the FINA World Championships in China and national championships in California. Nationals will be held in early July, starting with the July 8-12, 2013 meet that will serve as the World Championships trials.

***The Junior National Championships and U.S. Open Championships will be held in August, also in the odd years. The Open meet will allow both U.S. and international swimmers to compete.

***The 2013 World University Games are July 6-17. The World University Games team will be selected at the 2012 U.S. Open.  However, those selected for the World University Games will not be able to qualify for the World Championships.

***There will be a greater emphasis on the National Youth Team program. National Youth Team coach Jack Roach, a former swim coach in South Florida, will be aided by new assistant coach George Heidinger, who was technical coach for the national team.

***The winning Junior National Team and winners of each individual event and their coaches would be invited to spend time in Colorado Springs, training and exchanging ideas.

***The 2012 US. Open will have an “A” and “B” final open to all entrants and “C” final reserved solely for 18-and-under swimmers. The idea will create more opportunities and exposure for elite youth swimmers.

***The dates and location of the 2012 U.S. Open Water National Championships were announced, April 27-29 at Miramar Lake in Fort Myers. It will also serve as the women’s qualification for the Olympic Qualification event set for June 9th in Setubal, Portugal….USA Swimming

is also looking to increase the number of events at the Pan American Games and Pan Pacific Championships including the 5K, 25K and 5K team time trial. As of now, only the 10K is held at those meets…USA Swimming, in an effort to increase numbers and positive press and exposure in open water swimming, is trying to develop a formal, pro-oriented series of open water racing built around existing amateur open water races in Florida including the Fran Crippen SwimSafe held off Fort Lauderdale beach…

The sport got an added shot-in-the-arm for big-time exposure when NBC announced it will televise all eight nights of the 2012 U.S. Olympic trials live from Omaha. Neb. at 7 p.m…

According to USA Swimming, the 2012 U.S. OIympic trials pool will have a permanent home at the Charles River Aquatics in the Boston area. After the Trials, the Myrtha pool will be dismantled and then re-assembled at Charles River, that has a swim team, summer camps and lesson program…

Rowdy Gaines Masters Classic A Who’s Who

The third annual Rowdy Gaines Masters Classic, set for Oct. 14-16 at the newly-renovated Orlando YMCA Aquatic Center, is turning out to be a Who’s Who in masters swimmers from past Olympic Games.

Hosted by Team Blu Frog, the three-day short course meters timed finals meet will definitely be competitive.

Three-time Olympic gold medalist Brooke Bennett and 1988 Olympian Tracey McFarlane will make their Masters meet debut. 1988 Olympic bronze medalist Mitzi Kremer, Olympic gold medalist Martin Zubero of Spain and Olympian Ozzie Quevedo are also entered.

Locally, several GOLD and Fort Lauderdale Aquatics swimmers have signed up.

“All the cool kids will be there,” said Gaines, who will conduct a free clinic during the meet when he’s not swimming.

There is a party for swimmers and families Saturday night (6-9 p.m.) at Wet n’ Wild with an all-you-can-eat BBQ buffet, live Polynesian entertainment and event parking.

The Masters team that brings the most swimmers to the meet will win a new Colorado Timing System Digital pace clock worth $1,200. For more information or to register online go to www.rowdygainesclassic


Olympian Maddy Crippen, older sister of the late Fran Crippen, will throw out the first pitch at Saturday’s Cardinals at Phillies game to honor her brother, who tragically died in a FINA-sanctioned open water event last October in United Emirates. There will be special events on game day including Fran Crippen Foundation pre-game tailgate. Fran Crippen was a huge Phllies fan….On Thursday, 2008 U.S. Olympic breatstroker and cancer survivor Eric Shanteau celebrated his third-year anniversary of being in remission after undergoing surgery for testicular cancer after the 2008 Olympics. “It feels great,” Shanteau tweeted…U.S. breaststroker Rebecca Soni left for London Wednesday as part of the Team USA: Britain Bound promotional tour. She is one of seven U.S. Olympic athletes chosen to travel to Britain prior to the London 2012 Olympics for a tour of the facilities and city. Soni will launch East London swimming initiative and explore Wales, visit Cardiff and travel down the Welsh coast. “Caught a glimpse of the Olympic Stadium from the road, magnificent,” Soni tweeted. Soni still managed to get in a swim workout at London Fields Lido…

Former Pine Crest swimmer Diana Nyad will be featured on CNN Saturday night. In Xtreme Dream, CNN’s Sanjay Gupta follows Nyad’s journey of hope and heartbreaks, 33 years and 29 hours in the making. The documentary will air 8-11 p.m. Nyad will also be joining viewers in a Virtual Viewing Party, available for live chat during the broadcast. Load up her Facebook and follow her on Twitter@diananyad for the chat. She will also be featured in Open Water Sourve-hosted the Women In The Water Webinar on Saturday at 7 p.m. before the CNN broadcast. Other open water swimmers including Penny Palfrey, Keri-Ann Payne, Swann Oberson and 25K world champion Ana Marcela Cunha of the Davie Nadadores will be featured. Those interested can click on GoToMeetings.

Sharon Robb can be reached at

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 26: SOFLO’s Bianca Muniz Named SSC Swimmer of the Week

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 26: SOFLO’s Bianca Muniz Named SSC Swimmer of the Week


February 1, 2011

Freshman Bianca Muniz of St. Leo College was named Sunshine State Conference Women’s Swimmer of the Week.

The South Florida Aquatic Club swimmer from Pembroke Pines turned in one of her most impressive performances of her first collegiate season in her team’s 142-120 victory over Rollins College this past weekend in the teams’ regular season-ender.

It was the final Swimmer of the Week honors for the 2010-11 season.

Muniz won four events during the meet. She swept the breaststroke events winning the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:12.20 and 200-yard breaststroke in 2:38.63.

She was also a member of two winning relays. She swam the breaststroke leg of the 200-yard medley relay that won in 1:55.91. She also led off the 400-yard freestyle relay that won in 3:42.98, just .09 off the school record.

“Our women tied earlier in the year so to beat Rollins by 22 points is a direct reflection of our improvement from the beginning of the year to now,” said St. Leo coach Paul Mangen.

“We will use this momentum as we head into the conference and NCAA preparations. The SSC is one of the most highly anticipated Division II swimming conferences in the country and we are very expected to be a part of that equation and add to the zeal.

“The team as a whole has finally broken through with the rigors of a very demanding training regimen, some tough losses, and for the past four weeks straight we have all gotten faster. I do not think that trend will change through conference and NCAAs.”

St. Leo will compete against five other conference teams in the Feb. 17-20 SSC Swimming Championships in Orlando in hopes of winning its’ first ever SSC swim title.

“Thorpedo Unretires” From Swimming

Five-time Olympic gold medalist Ian Thorpe of Australia announced Wednesday he is returning to swimming.

Thorpe is coming out of retirement to try and qualify for the 2012 London Olympics. Thorpe has already returned to the pool as part of physical therapy for a shoulder injury. He has been training since September at eight different locations around Sydney to avoid media scrutiny until he was ready to make the announcement.

Although “Thorpedo” retired from competitive swimming in 2006, the 28-year-old has shown a desire of rekindling his career according to friends. Thorpe is Australia’s most successful Olympian.

“I’m on track to be an elite swimmer again,” Thorpe said during the press conference. He also said he is planning on swimming in relay events only.

Michael Phelps’ coach Bob Bowman welcomed Thorpe’s return. “I welcome Ian back to the sport,” Bowman said. “It will be fun to have him back in the mix for London. His presence will only increase the interest and enthusiasm for swimming.”

USA Swimming To Name New National Team Director

USA Swimming, the sport’s national governing body, has also called a press conference for Wednesday to name its replacement for Mark Schubert as new national team director.

University of Arizona coach Frank Busch is expected to be announced as the new director and will begin his duties in May.

Busch informed his team on Tuesday of his new position after team practice. Busch has coached at Arizona for more than twenty years and produced 34 Olympians including ten medalists.

Recently, Busch worked with Michael Alexandrov, Amanda Beard, Annie Chandler and Christine Magnuson, all 2010 Pan Pac team members.

Jim Wood had been serving as interim national team director after USA Swimming parted ways with Schubert, one of the world’s most respected coaches. Schubert, who helped to develop the now-defunct Mission Bay Aquatic Training Center in west Boca Raton, was responsible for rekindling the interest in competitive swimming in South Florida in the late 1980s.

Beisel Named Rhode Island Athlete of the Year

University of Florida freshman Elizabeth Beisel, a 2008 Olympian, was named Rhode Island Female Athlete of the Year for the third consecutive year and will be honored at the 65th Sports Awards Banquet Feb. 20 in Warwick, R.I. “I am very excited and privileged to be honored again with such a prestigious award,” Beisel said. “I appreciate everything the state of Rhode Island has done for me especially my family. This truly means a lot to me.” Beisel, who is training for the SEC Championships, is the first freshman in SEC history to be named SEC Female Swimmer of the Week three times in the same season.

First Two Titles Won At USA Diving Winter Nationals

Former local diver Kassidy Cook and Cassidy King won the women’s synchronized 3-meter title and David Boudia and Nick McCrory won the men’s synchronized platform title Tuesday at the USA Diving Winter National Championships in Iowa City.

The women champions won their second national title with 308.31 points, just .21 points ahead of Christina Loukas and Abby Johnston.

“I knew it was close, but I had no idea how close it was until it ended,” Krug said.

Boudia won his 13th career national title as he and McCrory scored 449.13 points, nearly 100 points better than Steele Johnson and Toby Stanley.

The winter nationals are serving as a selection meet for the AT&T USA Diving Grand Prix in Fort Lauderdale, the Canada Cup in Montreal and other international meets.

Sharon Robb can be reached at