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    Northwestern Leads All Foes After Day One at NU Invitational

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Senior Charlie Rimkus won the 500 free Friday night to kick off his final home meet.
    Senior Charlie Rimkus won the 500 free Friday night to kick off his final home meet.

    Feb. 1, 2013


    Site: Evanston, Ill. (Norris Aquatics Center)
    Score: Northwestern 63, Missouri State 46
    Score: Northwestern 55, Notre Dame 54
    Score: Iowa 56, Notre Dame 53
    Score: Notre Dame 56, Missouri State 54
    Score: Iowa 69, Missouri State 40
    Next NU Event: Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 -- Conclusion of the Northwestern Invitational (Norris Aquatics Center), 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT

    EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern leads Missouri State and holds a slim edge on Notre Dame after the first session Friday night of the two-day, three-session Northwestern Invitational at the Norris Aquatics Center.

    The Northwestern Invitational will conclude with two sessions at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 2. Northwestern graduate and six-time Olympic medalist Matt Grevers will be in attendance at Saturday's second session after being inducted in the NU Athletics Hall of Fame on Friday night.

    The NU Invite is being scored as a quad-dual meet, however after just swimming against each other in a dual meet last week in Iowa City, Northwestern and Iowa are not scoring against each other this weekend.



    Northwestern's 200 free relay thrashed to a victory in the opening event, touching in 1:21.33, .64 of a second ahead of second-place Iowa. NU's winning relay was comprised of Toni Valcic (Ribnica, Slovenia/Gimnazija Ledina), Alexander Ratajczyk (Parlin, N.J./Sayreville War Memorial), Matthew Margritier (Leawood, Kan./Rockhurst) and Chase Stephens (Madison, Wis./Edgewood).

    Senior Charlie Rimkus (Tustin, Calif./Beckman) cruised to a 1.68 second margin of victory in the 500 free to win in 4:30.00. Freshman Jordan Wilimovsky (Malibu, Calif./Malibu) was right on his heels in third place overall (and in second against both of the opponents NU is scoring against) with a 4:33.23.

    Freshman Van Donkersgoed (Eden Prairie, Minn./Minnehaha Academy) was Northwestern's top finisher in the 200 IM Friday evening, touching in a 10th-place time of 1:54.76. Behind him was classmate Grant Halsall (Laxey, Isle of Man, GBR) in 13th (1:56.44), junior Brien Gerber (Naperville, Ill./Neuqua Valley) in 14th (1:57.82) and sophomore Mark Ferguson (Perth, Australia/John XXIII) in 15th (1:58.12).

    In the 50 free, Notre Dame's Frankie Dyer out-touched NU sprinter Margritier at the wall by one one-hundredth of a second, 20.45 to 20.46. Margritier's time was the best for any Wildcat in the 2012-13 season so far.

    Stephens finished just behind Margritier with a third-place overall 20.60 while Valcic took fifth overall with a 20.71.

    In the 1-meter diving event Friday evening, junior Nick Pinkerton (Hudson, Ohio/Hudson) took fourth-place overall behind one competitor from each of the other three schools in attendance with a season-best score of 298.75. Less than four points separated second and fourth place overall in the event.

    Though Iowa -- which NU is not scoring against in this meet -- took the top two spots in the 400 medley relay to close Friday's action, the Wildcats' team of Dominik Cubelic (Glenview, Ill./Glenbrook South), Uula Auren (Helsinki, Finland/Mäkelänrinteen Lukio), Ferguson and Stephens took third overall in a season-best 3:18.31 to best NU's other two foes. That time was a nearly five second drop from the Wildcats' previous season best in the race.


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