Kevin Cordes was the youngest swimmer in Monday's 100-meter breaststroke final at the World Swimming Championships in Barcelona, and international competition in the discipline usually is not a young man's game.
That showed as the 19-year-old from Naperville was not a factor in the race.
Cordes, NCAA and U.S. champion at the distance, took seventh in a time (1 minute, 00.02) seconds that was slower than his personal best (59.78) from Sunday's semifinal.
"It gives me a little experience of racing in a final," Cordes said. "I felt like I had a decent stroke. I'm looking forward to the 200."
In a finish reversing the order of last year's Olympic final, Christian Sprenger of Australia won in 58.79, with Cameron Van Der Burgh of South Africa second in 58.97.
In the 100 backstroke semifinals, Olympic champion Matt Grevers of Northwestern and Lake Forest posted the leading time (52.97). It was easily Grevers' fastest time of the year.
"I had more speed without too much more effort, so it's looking good," Grevers said.
Winnetka's Conor Dwyer was the sixth fastest qualifier for Tuesday's 200 freestyle final with a time of 1:47.05. Defending champion Ryan Lochte of the U.S. was second fastest (1:46.06) behind Danila Izotov of Russia (1:45.84).
"I thought it would be a little quicker, but I will take it for a semi," said Dwyer, whose personal best is 1:46.25
In the women's 100 breaststroke, where youth often is served, Olympic champion Ruta Meilutyte of Lithuania, 16, set a world record of 1:04.35 in the semis. That took one-tenth of a second off the mark Jessica Hardy of the U.S. set in 2009.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun