Arizona's Cordes, Stanford's Kuremsky named Pac-12 Swimmer and Diver of the month

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WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - ARIZONA junior Kevin Cordes and STANFORD junior Connor Kuremsky were honored as Pac-12 Men’s Swimmer and Diver of the Month for events in December, the Conference office announced today. 

Cordes (Naperville, Ill.) remains undefeated in individual events on the season after posting three collegiate victories at the highly competitive Texas Invite. The junior shattered his American record in the 100 breast in the event with a time of 50.70, as well as finishing with two other wins in the 200 breast and the 400 medley relay. In international competition, Cordes helped seal the victory for Team USA in the Dual in the Pool against Europe, swimming a leg on the tie-breaking 200 mixed medley relay that broke the world record with a time of 1:37.17. He also was part of the winning 400 medley relay team. Individually, he earned first place in the 100 breast with a time of 56.88 which is third-best in the world in 2013, and came in at third overall in the 200 breast. Cordes now owns four American records, as he holds the top spot in the 100 and 200 breaststroke events. 

Kuremsky (Wexford, Pa.) competed in the USA Diving Winter National Championships. The junior finished third in the final round of the 1-meter springboard with a score of 692.40. Kuremsky competed alongside David Bonuchi in the synchronized 3-meter springboard and placed fourth in the preliminary round to advance to the finals, where the duo finished eighth overall with a score of 737.01. 

Cordes has now earned Swimmer of the Month a league-record five times throughout his career at Arizona, giving UA its 10th Swimmer of the Month selection. It is also only the third time that a male swimmer has received two-consecutive honors, as Cordes accomplished the feat last year and Stanford’s David Nolan earned back-to-back Swimmer of the Month honors in the 2011-12 season. Kuremsky’s accolade is the first of his career and marks Stanford’s fifth Diver of the Month award. 

Both teams continue dual-meet action this month, including a head-to-head matchup between the two squads. The Cardinal competes against Pacific on Saturday, Jan. 11 before hosting the Wildcats in a Pac-12 dual on Friday, Jan. 24. Arizona continues by facing California on Saturday, Jan. 25 in a meet that will be shown on a tape delay on Pac-12 Networks, before wrapping up the month back in its home pool with a dual meet against Texas. Stanford hosts Arizona State on Saturday, Jan. 25.  

Also Nominated:
Swimming: Thibaut Capitaine, Arizona State; Sonny Fierro, Cal Poly; Cristian Quintero, USC; Nick Soedel, Utah. 
Diving: Rafael Quintero, Arizona. 

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