From DuPage County sportswriter Josh Welge:
Kevin Cordes can make an Olympic leap tonight.
The Naperville native and Neuqua Valley graduate, now a freshman at the University of Arizona, is in the finals of the 100-meter breaststroke seeded sixth at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials in Omaha. The swimming finals will be broadcast on NBC tonight at 7 p.m., with the top two swimmers in each race qualifying for next month's Olympics in London.
Cordes broke the American short-course record of 51.32 seconds in the 100-yard breaststroke at the NCAA championships last March and set a PR of 1:01.23 in winning the 100-meter event at the recent Swimvitational in Omaha. That time topped an age group record that had stood for 12 years, set by Brendan Hansen. Hansen is seeded first in the 100 breaststroke.
Cordes swam the breaststroke leg on Arizona's national-title winning 200-yard medley relay and won the 100 breaststroke national title in 51.71 seconds.
At Neuqua Valley Cordes won the 100-yard breaststroke state championship as a sophomore and took second in the state in the event as a junior and senior.