After rewriting the record books in both the 100-yard breaststroke and 200 breast, Arizona Wildcats junior Kevin Cordes was named Pac-12 Swimmer of the Year for the second straight year, the conference announced Wednesday. The awards were voted on by the Pac-12 men’s head swimming coaches.
Cordes, who was already named NCAA Swimmer of the Year, won two individual national championships in record-setting fashion last week at the NCAA Championships. Cordes broke his American, NCAA and U.S. Open records in both the 100 breast (50.04) and the 200 breast (1:48.66), making him the fastest swimmer in history for those two events.
Cordes won every Pac-12 Swimmer of the Month award this season and finished undefeated in individual events in the breaststroke.
Cordes became the first swimmer to earn back-to-back Pac-12 Swimmer of the Year honors since former Wildcat Ryk Neethling won four straight awards from 1997 to 2000.
Dave Durden of Cal was named Pac-12 Coach of the Year, and Ryan Murphy of Cal was named Pac-12 Freshman/Newcomer of the Year.
Award named in honor of ex-Cat Sorenstam
Former University of Arizona All-American Annika Sorenstam will have an award named in her honor.
The LPGA major champion who earns the most points in the five major championships will receive the Rolex Annika Major Award.
Annika Sorenstam won 10 major titles during her Hall of Fame career.
“Who better than Annika Sorenstam to represent the best in performances, at the biggest events?” LPGA Tour commissioner Mike Whan said in announcing the award.
Points will be awarded to the top 10 at the five tournaments, with a victory worth 60 points, second 24, third 18, down to two for 10th.
Sorenstam was asked if she was responsible for requiring a player to win one of the events to be eligible for the award.
“I had a little bit to do with that,” Sorenstam said.
The winner will get $100,000 and a watch.
Pima’s Plouck selected as Pitcher of the Week
Pima College pitcher Cole Plouck was named ACCAC Division I Pitcher of the Week on Tuesday for the second time this season.
Plouck had a save and a shutout. He is 3-3 with a 1.78 ERA.
- Phil Mickelson
- says on his website that he is recovered and ready to play in this week’s Houston Open.
The four-time major winner, who withdrew from last week’s Texas Open after pulling a muscle in his right side, says he will play in the $6.4 million event after two days of “light practice” at Augusta National, site of next week’s Masters.