It was perhaps the biggest race in his life, and Naperville came out in full force to show their support at Hollywood Palms Cinema as Cordes competed in the 200 meter breaststroke Olympic Race.
At the beginning, the race looked promising, Cordes in second place at the first turn, but at the end he came up short, taking 8th place with a time of 2:08:34.
Despite the outcome, local fans are still proud of what he’s achieved so far.
“Since he was 16-years-old he’s always been one of the best in the country and he’s always had that hype surrounding him, he’s going to go to the Olypmpics and win a gold meda,l and to this day he’s still living up to all that hype,” said Drew Dvorchak, a teammate of Kevin’s at Neuqua Valley.
“A lot of excitement for him to go this far and to be a finalist in both the 100 m breaststroke and 200 breaststroke, he’s the only guy in the world to do that, and so you can really argue that he’s the best breaststroker in the world because he did final in both events, so it’s just exciting to see how far he’s gone in both events,” said Chad Allen, Kevin’s former swimming coach at Neuqua Valley.
Many fans who turned out for the watch party were a bit younger, like Cole Sampias, who’ll be starting school at Neuqua and joining their swim team.
“I’m a breaststroker too, so I’m just trying to be the best I can be and hopefully be a little bit like him,” said Sampias and incoming swimmer at Neuqua Valley.
While Cordes’ first Olympic run is officially over, his fans and former coach say it won’t be his last.
“He’ll win medals over time, he’s definitely not done, I think he’s got at least one more Olympic in him, and I think there’s still a lot ahead for him,” said Dvorchak.
“I would believe he would continue in 2020, being really the top breaststroker to swim the 100, 200 meter event, so I think he’s going to continue in 2020 and I look forward to watching him again,” said Allen.
Naperville News 17’s Alyssa Bochenek reports.