Kevin Cordes
Personal information
Nationality  USA
Born (1993-08-13) August 13, 1993
Naperville, Illinois
Height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight 180 lb (82 kg)
Sport Swimming
Stroke(s) Breaststroke
Club University Of Arizona (ZONA-AZ)

Kevin Cordes (born August 13, 1993) is an American swimmer who specializes in the breaststroke. He is the current American record holder in the 100 and 200-meter breaststroke (short course), as well as the 100 and 200-yard breaststroke.[1]

Swimming career

Cordes was born in Naperville, Illinois in 1993, the son of Bill and Kristin Cordes. He is a 2011 graduate of Neuqua Valley High School and currently attends the University of Arizona, where is he majoring in physiology. Swimming for the Arizona Wildcats, he is a five-time NCAA individual national champion, winning the 100-yard breaststroke in 2012 and the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke in 2013 and 2014. Cordes is the 2013 NCAA Swimmer of the Year.

At the 2012 United States Olympic Trials, the qualifying meet for the 2012 Olympics, Cordes missed the Olympic team by finishing third in the 100-meter breaststroke (1:00.58) and twelfth in the 200-meter breaststroke (2:13.26).[2][3]

At the 2012 FINA Short Course World Championships in Istanbul, his first major international competition, Cordes won one gold and bronze medal. His gold came as a member of the 4×100-meter medley relay, swimming the breaststroke leg in 57.15 (the fastest in the field). In the individual 100-meter breaststroke, Cordes placed third with a time of 57.83.

At the 2013 US National Championships, Cordes qualified to swim in three individual events, the 50-, 100- and 200-meter breaststroke, and the 4×100-meter medley relay at the 2013 World Aquatics Championships. At the National Championships, he was first in the 100- and 200-meter breaststroke, and finished second behind University Of Arizona teammate Kevin Steel in the 50-meter breaststroke.

At the 2013 World Aquatics Championships, Cordes competed in three individual events and the 4x100-meter medley relay. In his first event, the 100-meter breaststroke, Cordes got a personal best time of 59.78 in the semifinal. In the finals however, he faded away and touched 7th with a time of 1:00.02. In the 50-meter breaststroke, Cordes did not advance past the prelims, posting a time of 27.69 and finishing 21st overall. In his final individual event, the 200-meter breaststroke, Cordes did not advance past the semifinals, finishing with a time of 2:10.03. In the 4x100-meter medley relay, Cordes, as the breaststroke leg, was responsible for disqualifying the United States by diving ­0.04 of a second early.

Personal bests

As of August 7, 2014.
Long course
Event Time Meet Date
50 m breaststroke 27.39 2013 US National Championships June 27, 2013
100 m breaststroke 59.78 2013 World Aquatics Championships July 28, 2013
200 m breaststroke 2:07.86 2014 US National Championships August 7, 2014
Short course
Event Time Meet Date Note(s)
100 m breaststroke 56.88 2013 Duel in the Pool December 21, 2013 AM
200 m breaststroke 2:02.38 2013 Duel in the Pool December 20, 2013 AM

See also


  1. ^ "Men's short course yards American records". Swimming World Magazine. Retrieved 2012-12-12. 
  2. ^ "2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials (swimming) – Men's 100 metre breaststroke (final)". Omega Timing. Retrieved 2012-12-12. 
  3. ^ "2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials (swimming) – Men's 200 metre breaststroke (semi-finals)". Omega Timing. Retrieved 2012-12-12. 

External links

  • USA Swimming bio: Kevin Cordes
  • Kevin Cordes – University of Arizona athlete profile at
  • Kevin Cordes on Twitter