MATHEWS' PERSONAL BESTS
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2010-11: Qualified for his second-consecutive NCAA Championships ... Earned honorable mention All-America honors in the 200 fly ... Ranked on NU's top times list for the year in four different events ... Was first in both butterflies, second in the 200 IM and third in the 1,000 free ... Qualified 15th overall for the consolation final of the 200 fly at the NCAA Championships with a 1:44.34 before taking 15th place and scoring two points for NU with a 1:44.92 in his evening swim ... Also competed in the 200 IM at the NCAA meet, placing 49th overall ... Academic All-Big Ten ... Came within .09 of a second of breaking the school record in the 200 fly at the Big Ten Championships, finishing fourth overall for the second-straight year after turning in identical NCAA `B' provisional qualifying and career-best times of 1:44.14 in both the preliminary and final heats ... Made the consolation final of the 200 IM at the Big Ten meet with a career-best and NCAA `B' time of 1:46.82 before finishing 11th ... That time placed him fifth on NU's all-time top times list in the event ... Also made the Big Ten Championships consolation final of the 100 fly with a season-best 48.15 in the morning session before taking 14th overall ... Swam with NU's top 200 free, 200 medley and 400 medley relays at the Big Ten Championships, earning NCAA `B' cuts with all three ... The 200 medley relay was the fifth-fastest in school history ... Won all three fly distances at Northwestern's own five-team TYR Invitational (11/19-11/21) ... Made two other championship final appearances at the TYR with a third-place effort in the 200 IM and a fourth-place finish in the 100 back ... Qualified for the consolation final of the 50 free at the TYR, placing 15th overall ... Won the 200 fly in dual-meets against Purdue (11/5), Notre Dame (01/12) and Iowa (01/22) ... Won the 100 fly versus Notre Dame (01/12) and the 200 IM in a quad dual against Carthage, Lewis and North Central (01/08) ... Had 14 total top-three finishes in dual-meet events during the fall season, including nine first- or second-place efforts in the two fly distances.
2009-10: One of Northwestern's top swimmers across the board, although primarily competed in the butterfly and sprint free ... Had the Wildcats' top times of the year in the 50 free, 100 fly and 200 fly while ranking second in the 200 IM and third in the 100 free ... The only Wildcat to swim on all five of Northwestern's top relays of the year, earning NCAA `B' provisional qualifying cuts with the 400 and 800 free, and 200 and 400 medley relays at the Big Ten Championships ... Qualified for his first-career NCAA Championships, swimming a career-best time of 47.91 to finish 38th in the 100 fly ... That effort placed him fifth on NU's all-time top-performers list in the event ... Also swam in the 200 fly at the NCAA meet, taking 28th ... Swam a career-best 1:44.19 during the prelims of the 200 fly at the Big Ten Championships, a NCAA `B' effort that punched his ticket to the NCAA meet and made him the third-fastest swimmer in the event in program history ... Took fourth in the 200 fly during the championship final ... Qualified for the consolation final of the 100 fly at the Big Ten meet with a `B' time of 48.08 before taking 13th overall ... Won the 100 fly and 200 fly at NU's six-team TYR Invitational, swimming an NCAA `B' time of 1:47.35 in the 200 fly ... Finished second in the 50 fly, third in the 200 IM, eighth in the 50 free and eighth in the 100 back at the TYR ... Undefeated in straight dual-meets in the 200 fly before taking fourth at the OSU quad ... Won the 100 fly, 200 fly, 50 free, 100 free and 200 IM races in dual meets on the year ... Won 12 dual-meet events while finishing second four times and third twice.
2008-09: Member of NU's freestyle and butterfly units ... Northwestern's top swimmer in the 100 fly, also placing on NU's top times list in the 200 fly and 200 IM ... Contributed as a member of the 'Cats top 200 free, 200 medley and 400 medley relay squads ... Swam three events at the Big Ten Championships, recording a 13th-place finish in the 200 fly ... Won the bonus final of the 100 fly with a career-best 48.08 at the conference meet ... Also swam in the bonus final of the 200 IM, taking 19th ... Recorded an NCAA `B' cut and career-best time of 1:45.06 in the 200 fly at the BoilerMakeIt event, good for third place on NU's all-time top-five list in the event ... Finished second in the 200 fly at the TYR Invitational (11/21) ... Flew to victories in the 100 fly in back-to-back meets against Notre Dame (1/16) and Iowa (1/24) ... Also won the 200 fly at Iowa ... Grabbed second in both the 500 free and 100 back against Carthage (1/10) ... Ended the dual-meet season with a total of 19 top-five finishes.
2007-08: Emerged as a strong swimmer for NU in the 200 free and 200 fly ... Qualified for the bonus final in the 200 fly at the Big Ten Championships, scoring points with a 15th-place overall finish ... Took 27th in the 200 free and also competed in the 500 free at the Big Ten Championships ... Led off the 800 free relay at the conference meet, which turned in an NCAA `B' provisional qualifying time ... Ranks second on Northwestern's top times list for the year in the 200 free and 200 fly ... Won his first-career dual-meet event with a victory in the 500 free against Illinois-Chicago (10/27) ... Also won races in the 100 fly and 1,000 free against Carthage and Olivet (1/12) ... Has three other top-three dual-meet finishes on the year ... Qualified for the consolation finals in both the 200 fly and the 200 free at the Georgia Invitational (11/30-12/2).
High School: Missouri state champion in the 100 and 200 free in 2006 and 2007 ... Placed third in the 200 free and fifth in the 100 free at the 2005 state meet ... Three-time first-team member of the St. Louis All-Metro team ... Wendy's High School Heisman National Honoree ... Holds high school records in the 100, 200 and 500 freestyles ... Swam with the Rockwood Swim Club for four years ... NCSA All-American team in 2007 ... Club record-holder in the 200 fly ... Won the 2007 Steve Crocker Award ... National Merit Commended Scholar ... National Honor Society ... Bright Flight Scholar ... McCormick School of Engineering Dean's Scholar ... Won the George Washington Carver Award.
Personal:Born Sean Aric Mathews ... Son of Rod and Rita Mathews ... Chose Northwestern over Yale, Minnesota, Kentucky and Louisville ... Majoring in biomedical engineering.