Jan. 16, 2013
Site: Milwaukee (Klotsche Natatorium.)
Score: Northwestern 166, UW-Milwaukee 125
Records: NU (3-3), Milwaukee (4-1)
Next NU Event: Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013 -- at Iowa (Iowa City, Iowa), 11 a.m. CT
MILWAUKEE -- Northwestern established four Klotsche Natatorium pool records Wednesday night in a dual meet at UW-Milwaukee, riding those performances to a 166-125 win over the three-time defending champions of the Horizon League.
"We swam pretty well tonight, this was a good meet," head coach Jarod Schroeder said. "We haven't raced for eight weeks so I didn't know what to expect. We'll have to be better against Iowa next week but I know the guys will be psyched up for that rivalry. We have a couple of guys and freshmen especially who are coming on strong, and I'm happy we're back to racing again."
Northwestern now holds eight of the pool records in UW-Milwaukee's home water. Matt Grevers holds a trio of marks in the 100 free, 100 back and 200 IM set during meets in 2003 and 2005. NU also established the 400 medley relay pool standard in 2005. Mark Hamming previously held the 200 fly mark set in 2003, but it was bested by a Milwaukee swimmer Wednesday night.
NU's 200 medley relay team of Dominik Cubelic
(Glenview, Ill./Glenbrook South), Uula Auren
(Helsinki, Finland/Mäkelänrinteen Lukio), Mark Ferguson
(Perth, Australia/John XXIII) and Chase Stephens
(Madison, Wis./Edgewood) set the tone for the evening with a pool record in the very first event, swimming a 1:31.41 to top NU's `B' relay comprised of Varun Shivakumar
(Hoffman Estates, Ill./Fremd), Van Donkersgoed
(Eden Prairie, Minn./Minnehaha Academy), Grant Halsall
(Laxey, Isle of Man, GBR) and Toni Valcic
(Ribnica, Slovenia/Gimnazija Ledina) by 2.54 seconds.
Freshman distance prodigy Jordan Wilimovsky (Malibu, Calif./Malibu) followed suit in the first individual event, the 1,000 freestyle, also establishing a pool record with his winning time of 9:22.44 in the race. Wilimovsky topped a trio of Panthers swimmers, out-touching the second-place finisher by 18.35 seconds.
NU's 200 medley relay lowered by four-tenths of a second the previous Klotsche record set by Milwakuee in 2011 while Wilimovsky's 1,000 free effort shattered by more than 10 seconds a 13-year-old mark of 9:32.71 established by Jonathon Pierce of Notre Dame.
After those two pool records, Stephens built a large lead in the 200 free before cruising home in 1:43.08 to win while junior Matt Wilcox (Bemidji, Minn./Bemidji) took home third-place points with a 1:44.80. In the 100 back, Cubelic and Halsall went 1-2 for the Wildcats in times of 50.88 and 51.21, respectively.
NU returned to its pool-record-breaking ways in the 100 breast when both Auren and Donkersgoed swam faster than the previous Klotsche mark of 58.09 set by UIC's Will Ileda in 2008. Donkersgoed led his sophomore teammate by .48 of a second at the 50-yard mark, but Auren turned it on during the back half to out-touch Donkersgoed, 57.59 to 57.88.
The Panthers' stud butterflyer Nathan Welchlin took the 200 fly over senior Charlie Rimkus (Tustin, Calif./Beckman), holding off a hard charge from the Wildcat that whittled a 1.14-second deficit at the 100-yard mark down to just .21 of a second at the final wall. Rimkus touched in 1:50.25 behind Welchlin's pool record 1:50.04.
Returning from injury for the first time since Nov. 3, sophomore Matthew Margritier (Leawood, Kan./Rockhurst) swept the 50 and 100 freestyle races with times of 21.16 and 46.63, respectively. Each time he lead a 1-2-3 NU sweep in the events, topping Valcic (21.32) and Alexander Ratajczyk (Parlin, N.J./Sayreville War Memorial) (21.44) in the 50, and Cubelic (46.74) and Ratajczyk (47.31) again in the 100.
Halsall nearly took down the Milwaukee 200 backstroke pool record with a winning time of 1:51.83, falling just seven one-hundredths of a second shy of the previous mark. He topped Shivakumar's second-place time of 1:52.86 by more than one second in that event.
In the 200 breast, Donkersgoed exploded for a 2:03.70 that won the event by 3.64 seconds over Auren and smashed the pool record of 2:06.29 set by the Panther's Brady Huemann in 2011 by nearly the same margin. Donkersgoed's time was just .54 of a second shy of his collegiate-best set when he won the event at NU's own fall-season-ending TYR Invitational in November.
Wilimovsky came within a second of his second pool record of the night in the 500 free, winning in 4:38.57 before Ferguson was NU's top finisher in the 100 fly with a second-place time of 50.34.
Rimkus and Donkersgoed went 1-2 in the 200 IM with times of 1:56.49 and 1:57.35, respectively. NU wrapped up the swimming portion of the meet with a 3:05.74 from Margritier, Ratajczyk, Cubelic and Stephens to touch first in the 400 free relay.
Junior Nick Pinkerton (Hudson, Ohio/Hudson) was Northwestern's lone diver at the meet, winning the platform event with a season-best 264.53 and finishing third on the 3-meter springboard.
Northwestern returns to action at 11 a.m. CT Saturday, Jan. 26 in a dual-meet at Iowa.
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