UA swimmers have been so good for so long, on every conceivable stage, that you don’t often call the boss and say, “Forget the Final Four, I’ve gotta get this in the paper now!”
Do you realize what it would take to be considered one of the five greatest Arizona swimmers ever, with Olympic medalists George DiCarlo, Ryk Neethling, Roland Schoeman and Chad Carvin?
It would take Michael Phelps’ coach, Bob Bowman, tweeting “HOLY WOW!!!!!” with five exclamation marks.
It would take UA swimming coach Eric Hansen, six times a USA National team coach, comparing your record-setting performance to that of Olympic long-jumping legend Bob Beamon.
And it would take your teammate, 11-time All-American Giles Smith, to say, “He’s the next big thing in swimming.”
Introducing UA sophomore Kevin Cordes, who broke American and world records at the NCAA championships last week in Indianapolis, doing so by such a margin that Hansen compared it to “dropping a bomb.”
What makes the Cordes-becomes-NCAA-swimmer-of-the-year news even more startling is that a week earlier, in the NCAA women’s championships, Arizona junior Margo Geer was chosen swimmer-of-the-year by College Swimming.
Read more in Tuesday's Arizona Daily Star.