Jordan Wilimovsky takes down nine-year-old 1,650 free record; 'Cats finish ninth as a team
2012-13: Exceptionally talented young member of Northwestern's distance group who qualified for the NCAA Championships as NU's first freshman participant since 2008 and first freshman participant in an individual event since 2006 ... Broke Northwestern's nine-year-old school record in the mile with an eighth-place and NCAA `B' consideration time of 15:03.07 at the Big Ten Championships to take down Brian Davis' 2004 mark of 15:08.78 ... That time punched his ticket into the field at the NCAA meet ... Further lowered that school record to 14:58.80 to take 24th at the NCAA Championships, becoming the first Wildcat to ever swim a sub-15:00 mile ... Also competed in the 500 free at the NCAA meet, placing 48th (4:25.56) ... Swam a 4:24.29 in the 500 free to qualify for the bonus final at the Big Ten meet where he lowered his career-best to an NCAA `B' and NU season-best time of 4:23.82 to finish 20th ... Also competed in the 400 IM (29th) at the conference meet, cutting 4.95 seconds from his seed to touch in 3:57.38 ... Ranked on NU's top times list in five different events for the year ... Was first in the 500 free, 1,000 free and 1,650 free, and third in the 400 IM and 200 fly ... Quickly moved up to second in Northwestern history in the mile during the fall after a Norris Aquatics Center pool record and NCAA `B' provisional qualifying time of 15:10.75 to win the event at NU's own four-team TYR Invitational (11/16-11/18) ... Was second in the 500 free and fourth in the 400 IM in two TYR Championship finals appearances ... Won the consolation final of the 200 free at the TYR and was 11th overall in the 200 IM ... Member of the five-Wildcat contingent at the AT&T USA Swimming Winter Nationals (11/29-12/1) where he finished fourth overall in the country in the 1,650 free with another NCAA `B' cut of 15:11.91 ... Also was 25th in the 500 free and 37th in the 400 IM at the USA meet ... Undefeated in three 1,650 freestyle and five 1,000 freestyle races during the regular season while finishing in the top three in every 500 free competed prior to Big Tens, including a win at that distance at Milwaukee (1/16) ... All told, scored dual-meet points 18 different times with top-five finishes ... Outside of collegiate competition, took fourth in both the 5K and 10K races at the 2013 U.S. Open Water National Championships to earn a berth on the USA Swimming National A Team at the 2013 FINA World Championships in Barcelona, Spain.
High School: Competed in swimming for three years and water polo for two years at the varsity level, both under head coach Mike Mulligan ... Took 17th among the 91-member men's 1,500-meter freestyle field at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials with a career-best time of 15:33.29 ... Fourth-fastest 18-and-under swimmer at that distance in the nation ... Prior to arriving in Evanston, Wilimovsky -- the No. 71 overall swimmer in this class nationally according to Collegeswimming.com-- represented the U.S. at the inaugural FINA World Junior Open Water Swimming Championships in Welland, Ontario, Canada ... Holds three high school records ... Named Rookie of the Year and Swimmer of the Year by Malibu High School ... Swam four years of club with Team Santa Monica, earning Swimmer of the Year honors twice ... Owner of two 2012 Olympic Trial cuts, one in the 400 IM and one in the 1,500 free ... Qualified for the U.S. Junior National Open Water Team for the World Junior Open Water World Championships after placing second in the 5K and ninth in the 10K at the US Open Water Championships on April 27, 2012, on Miromar Lake in Fort Myers, Fla. ... Won the 1,500-meter freestyle at the USA Swimming Junior National Championships in August of 2012 with a meet record 15:23.01 before earning two medals later that week at the World Junior Open Water Championships as a member of Team USA.
Personal:Born Jordan Matthew Wilimovsky ... Son of Wendy and Rolf Wilimovsky ... Chose Northwestern over Michigan and UC Santa Barbara ... Plans to major in economics.