Jan. 25, 2014
EVANSTON, Ill. -The only difference between first place and third place in the 400 yard freestyle relay, the final event of the day, was 0.39 seconds.
Climbing back in a tight race throughout, Northwestern (6-3-1, 2-3) took the first two times in the 400 yard free relay to comeback and defeat the Iowa Hawkeyes 151-149.
NU trailed 147-136 entering the race, but the `Cats team of Matt Wilcox, Uula Auren, Jack Morris and Chase Stephens took first with a time of 3:01.57.
In second place, the `Cats Mark Ferguson
, Dominik Cubelic
, Charlie Cole
and Andrew Jovanovic edged out Iowa by just 0.04 with a time of 3:01.96, earning NU the victory on Senior Day Saturday at the Norris Aquatics Center.
Wildcats sophomore Jordan Wilimovsky took first place in the 1,000 yard free, giving NU nine points which closed the gap in Iowa's lead to 19-17. Wilimovsky's time of 9:20.78 won the race by more than 15 seconds.
Early in the meet, freshman Andrew Cramer won the 1-meter dive with 315.14 points, scoring nearly 20 more points than second place.
NU jumped into the lead 30-25 after Charlie Cole and Chase Stephens took the first two times in the 200 yard freestyle, giving NU 13 points combined.
Senior NCAA qualifier Chase Stephens, swimming in his final home meet at the Norris Aquatics Center, won the 50 yard freestyle with a time of 20.56, beating out Iowa by 0.27 seconds. Stephens followed it up with a 45.48 time in the 100 yard free. Stephens was tied with Iowa's David Ernstsson after the first 50 yards, but broke away to win the race for the `Cats down the stretch.
Wilimovsky took first place in the 500 yard freestyle as well, maintain an impressive lead throughout to win the race by more than two full seconds, finishing with a time of 4:30.73.
In the 100 yard butterfly, Mark Ferguson won the race for the Wildcats with a time of 49.07, but Iowa maintained a 128-117 lead.
Jonathan Lieberman posted his best time of the season in the race (9:30.24), finishing in third place to give the `Cats three points.
The `Cats 200 yard medley team got four points in the first race, finishing in second place. NU made a strong run in the second and third legs, but the Hawkeyes came back with a strong finish to post a 1:29.47 time over NU (1:30.13).
After finishing in second and third place in the 100 yard backstroke, NU's seven points tied meet at 37-37.
Roman Trussov put Iowa back in the lead 51-42 after a NCAA `B" cut time of 55.14 in the 100 yard breaststroke. Uula Auren swam in 56.03 to get the `Cats four points.
Iowa would win both the 200 back and 200 breast to take a 115-92 lead over the `Cats.
NU travels to UW-Milwaukee to face the Panthers Friday, Jan. 31 at 5:00 p.m. CT.
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