December Swimmers of the Month
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - ARIZONA freshman Kevin Cordes and CALIFORNIA junior Caitlin Leverenz have been named Pac-12 Swimmers of the Month for December, Commissioner Larry Scott announced today.
Cordes garnered national attention after impressive performances at the Texas Invitational, his first major college swimming meet. Cordes' times in his three events all automatically qualified him for the NCAA Championships. He won the 100 breast in 51.76, shattering Olympian Brendan Hansen's pool record of 51.96 set in 2003. Cordes also added a win in the 400 medley relay (3:06.98) and a third-place finish in the 200 breast (1:53.55). Arizona is the nation's top-ranked team in the latest College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) poll.
Leverenz posted NCAA automatic qualifying times en route to capturing four events among a talented field at the Georgia Fall Invitational. She set Cal records with her victories in the 400 individual medley (4:00.59) and 100 breast (59.20). In addition, Leverenz won the 200 breast (2:07.66) and the 200 fly (1:53.78). The No. 2 Golden Bears finished second to top-ranked and host Georgia. Outside of collegiate competition, Leverenz set the American record in the 400 IM (4:24.62) at the Duel in the Pool.
This is Cordes' first Swimmer of the Month award and Arizona's sixth all-time. On the women's side, this is Leverenz's second career monthly award and the seventh for the Bears.
Men: Garrett Thompson, UCSB.
Women: Margo Geer, ARIZ.