Cordes, Prenot and Durden claim 2013 Pac-12 men's swimming awards
By the Pac-12 Conference
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Arizona junior Kevin Cordes was named Pac-12 Men's Swimmer of the Year, California freshman Josh Prenot was named Pac-12 Men's Swimming Freshman/Newcomer of the Year, and his head coach, David Durden, was named Pac-12 Men's Swimming Coach of the Year, the Conference office announced today. The awards were voted on by the Pac-12 head men's swimming coaches.
Cordes opened the 2012-13 campaign by setting a pair of American records in the 100 and 200 breaststroke at the AT&T Winter Nationals in November and followed it up with a pair of medals — a gold and a bronze — at the 2012 FINA World Swimming Championships in December. The Naperville, Ill. native added Conference titles in the 100 and 200 breaststroke at the Pac-12 Championships. At the NCAA Championships, Cordes established new NCAA, American and U.S. open records in the 100 and 200 breaststroke and led the Wildcats to a third-place team finish. He was also a member of Arizona's winning 400 medley relay team. Cordes, who picked up Pac-12 Swimmer of the Month honors for November and December, was named the NCAA Swimmer of the Year at the national meet.
Prenot broke the school record in the 400 IM at the Georgia Fall Invitational in November and bettered the mark at the NCAA Championships in March. The Orcutt, Calif. native won this first career Pac-12 title in the event at the venerable Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash. Prenot finished fourth in the 400 IM at the NCAA Championships and holds the fourth-fastest time in the nation in the event this year. He added a pair of fifth-place finishes in the 200 IM and 200 breaststroke at the national meet.
Cal's Durden was named the Pac-12 Men's Swimming Coach of the Year for the fourth consecutive year after a season in which the Bears claimed their first Conference title since 1981 and finished second at the NCAA Championships. Durden, who led Cal to NCAA team titles in 2011 and 2012, sent a league-high 16 swimmers to Indianapolis for NCAAs. His squad entered the NCAA Championships with a No. 2 national ranking, and Cal swimmers claimed two individual national titles and three runner-up finishes at the national meet. The Bears have finished in the top two at the NCAA Championships in four Durden's six seasons at the helm.