NEW BRITAIN - The Bristol girls swim team will likely be getting a standout in Nyomi Cordero in 2019.
Cordero, currently homeschooled, holds the Nutmeg State Games record in the 50 yard breaststroke with a time of 33.70 seconds set last summer.
“She’s definitely a breaststroker,” Wheeler Tigersharks swim coach Rachel King said. “Her best event is the breastroke and her best time in that is around a 32 second 50 yard breaststroke.
More importantly she works hard, tries hard and it really shows in the pool. She’s a great person in and out of the pool,” King added.
With swimming being her only sport, Cordero dedicates her time year round to it competing with the Wheeler Tigersharks swim team based out of the Greater Hartford communities.
They compete at the YMCA in Plainville.
Over the past two years Cordero has competed at the Elite Showcase Nationals down in St. Petersburg, Florida.
It’s there where she has opened her eyes to the varying levels of competition at her age level.
“It helps me work hard and get better at swimming each day,” Cordero said. “People from different states are there so I got to see how people at my age swam on a national scale.”
Cordero was pleased in her performance down in Florida, which consisted of four different meets in four days and the last time she competed in it dropped her times.
Outside of the 50 breaststroke Cordero competes in the 50 fly, 50 back and the 100 individual medley.
She believes that being exposed to a variety of events only helps her improve on the 50 breaststroke.
“It definitely helps me get better,” Cordero said. “If I just did one event I think I wouldn’t be as excited about doing my top event. But every time I do [the 50 breaststroke] it’s definitely my best.”
Up to this point in her swim career Cordero has impressed but still just 12 years old she knows there’s plenty of work ahead.
Regardless of how much she improves in the pool, her attitude out of it stands out.
Many young swimmers will look up to swimmer Michael Phelps, one of the best Olympians ever to compete.
But Cordero may have a different reason than most.
“Michael Phelps had a year in the Olympics where he didn’t do his best and he got beat in his best event,” Cordero said. “And in the following Olympics the swimmer that got first was being cocky and not the best role model for people. And then Michael Phelps beat him.”