Jan. 27, 2012
EVANSTON, Ill. -- After six events Friday evening during the first session of a three-session regular-season-ending double-dual meet, Northwestern trails No. 25 Missouri by a slim 59-50 score and leads Denver, 62-47, at the Norris Aquatics Center.
This weekend's meet continues with two sessions tomorrow, Saturday, Jan. 28. The first session will begin at 10 a.m. CT while the second gets under at 4 p.m. CT at the Norris Aquatics Center. Live results are available for all sessions of the meet.
Prior to the second session tomorrow, Northwestern will celebrate Senior Day at approximately 3:50 p.m. The first 50 NU students in attendance will receive a coupon for a free Chipotle burrito while one lucky student will win a quarter's supply of free burritos as part of the Northwestern swimming and diving Chipotle BIG GAME.
Northwestern dominated the opening 200 free relay with a 1.21.69, winning by 1.27 seconds. The Wildcats got a near-season-best 50 free opening split of 20.89 from Jake Grosser (St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles East) that staked NU to a large lead, then rode strong swims from Toni Valcic (Ribnica, Slovenia/Gimnazija Ledina), Alexander Ratajczyk (Parlin, N.J./Sayreville War Memorial) and Matthew Margritier (Leawood, Kan./Rockhurst) to the victory.
In the 500 freestyle, a late burst from Missouri's top entry caught junior Charlie Rimkus (Tustin, Calif./Beckman) at the wall by .05 of a second. Rimkus' second-place time was a 4:29.81 while senior John Frutiger (Alma, Mich./Alma) came in fourth overall with a 4:33.06 and classmate Tony Mattar (Lake Orion, Mich./Lake Orion) swam a season-best 4:38.20 to place eighth overall.
Shaking off an injury that has limited his winter competition, junior Jan Hanulik
(Cavisov, Czech Republic/Sportovni Gymnazium) swam a season-best time of 1:52.89 to take fourth overall in the 200 IM at Northwestern's top finisher. He was NU's lone finisher among the top nine after several Wildcats jumped right into the 200 IM from the 500 free event.
Grosser's season-best 20.70 in the 50 free was good for second place behind a Missouri swimmer while teammate Valcic followed up in third place with a 20.86. Ratajczyk placed sixth overall for the Wildcats in 21.06 and Margritier took seventh in 21.15 to give NU four of the top seven finishers overall in the event.
In diving action Friday night, Tanner Nemkov (Littleton, Colo./Heritage) placed third overall in the 1-meter springboard behind a Missouri entry and a Denver competitor with a score of 256.90. Missouri's David Bonuchi won the event with an incredible 421.00 total.
Friday evening concluded with the 400 medley relay, which was a crackerjack race. Dominik Cubelic (Glenview, Ill./Glenbrook South) got Northwestern off to a great start with a 49.96 100 backstroke leg, good for a 1.14 second edge. Uula Auren (Helsinki, Finland/Mäkelänrinteen Lukio) then turned in the best breaststroke leg in the pool before Grosser kept NU in front despite a strong charge by Missouri in the fly. Margritier then hit the pool and raced all the way to the wall, out-touching his Tiger competitor by .04 of a second to give Northwestern the win in 3:19.16 and pull the Wildcats within single digits in the meet score, 59-50.
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