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    Northwestern Concludes 2010 Big Ten Championships

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Varun Shivakumar was one of many Wildcats to earn a career-best time Saturday, swimming his first-career NCAA 'B' cut during the finals of the 200 back.
    Varun Shivakumar was one of many Wildcats to earn a career-best time Saturday, swimming his first-career NCAA 'B' cut during the finals of the 200 back.

    Feb. 27, 2010


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    COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Northwestern concluded the 2010 Big Ten Championships Saturday in 10th place in the conference, totaling 169 points in the meet.

    Following the conclusion of the championships, Peter Park (Princeton, N.J./Peddie School) was named Northwestern's Big Ten Sportsmanship honoree. Following is a complete recap of both sessions of Saturday's action.


    Four Wildcats earned lanes in scoring finals during Saturday afternoon's preliminary action at the 2010 Big Ten Championships. Even those who did not receive second swims cut serious time in a mostly successful session for Northwestern.

    Freshman Varun Shivakumar (Hoffman Estates, Ill./Fremd) opened Saturday afternoon's action with a career-best time in the 200 back, dropping from a 1:50.06 seed to a 1:46.86 in his preliminary heat. The time qualified him 18th overall and gave him a spot in the bonus final, .17 of a second out of 16th and the consolation scoring heat. Jan Hanulik (Cavisov, Czech Republic/Sportovni Gymnazium) also won a `C' final swim with a career-best 1:48.85 to slot him 24th overall.

    Also of note, Daniel Salovesh (Casa Grande, Ariz./Casa Grande Union) dropped a whopping seven seconds from his 200 back seed time to go a 1:52.88 and place him 35th overall.

    Junior Brian Kerr (East Grand Rapids, Mich./East Grand Rapids) finished the preliminary heats of the 100 free in 28th place overall, coming within .04 of a second of his career best with a 45.10. He was Northwestern's lone representative in the top-40 of the event.

    Alex Tyler (Birmingham, Mich./Birmingham Groves) secured a consolation final spot in the 200 breast with a career-best 1:59.18, good for an NCAA `B' provisional qualifying effort and 10th place overall after the afternoon session. Sophomore Nathan Butler (Cincinnati, Ohio/Turpin) also had a career-best time, dropping more than 2.5 seconds from his seed with a 2:01.46 to place 20th and earn a second swim in the bonus final.

    Cal Staben (Lexington, Ky./Henry Clay) joined Salovesh in the realm of ridiculous time drops, cutting more than 5.5 from his seed in the 200 breast to place 27th overall with a 2:03.68.

    Sean Mathews (St. Louis, Mo./Lafayette) put together a tremendous swim in the 200 fly prelims, qualifying second overall in the event with an NCAA `B' time of 1:44.19. Mathews' effort is a career-best for the junior and leaves him just .14 of a second shy of Eric Nilsson's school record in the race.

    Tony Mattar (Lake Orion, Mich./Lake Orion) also will score points in this Big Ten meet after his 1:48.54 in the 200 fly -- a cut of almost three full seconds from his seed -- placed him 14th overall in the afternoon.

    Peter Park (Princeton, N.J./Peddie School) earned the final scoring spot in the 200 fly with a 1:49.36, qualifying him 16th overall after he cut more than two seconds from his seed time in the event.

    In the final individual event of his Big Ten Championships career, and swimming where he attended high school, senior Chris Doman (Pittsburgh, Pa./St. Charles Prep (Columbus, Ohio)) earned a second swim in the 200 fly with a precipitous more-than-three second drop from his seed to turn in a 1:50.96. He qualified 23rd overall to pick up his bonus final spot.


    Freshman Charlie Rimkus (Tustin, Calif./Beckman) began Saturday evening for Northwestern with a season-best NCAA `B' provisional qualifying time of 15:23.45 to take 13th place in the 1,650 freestyle and earn four points for the Wildcats. He pushed hard at the end of his race with a final 50 of 27.15 to overtake Minnesota's Nico Zebley for the spot by .32 of a second.

    Park also swam the mile, cutting almost 12 seconds off his seed time with a 15:42.75 to come in 26th.

    In the 200 back `C' final, Shivakumar swam the first NCAA `B' cut of his career with a 1:46.34. He came in second place in the heat and 18th overall in the event. Hanulik moved up one spot from the afternoon with a 23rd overall time of 1:49.37.

    Tyler came out in the 200 breast consolation final and swam a `B' consideration time of 1:57.93 to win the heat and pick up nine points for the 'Cats. Butler also won his heat, taking the `C' final with a 2:00.16 to come in 17th overall.

    After swimming an explosive morning race in the 200 fly, Mathews was slightly off that pace during the afternoon, but his `B' time of 1:44.87 still was good for fourth place and 15 huge points for the Wildcats. The placing was the best of Mathews' career at the Big Ten meet.

    Mattar (1:48.32) and Park (1:50.37) took 15th and 16th overall during the consolation final to add three more points to Northwestern's total. Doman concluded his career with a 1:52.42 in the 200 fly `C' heat, coming in 24th overall.

    The team of Tyler, Kerr, Alexander Ratajczyk (Parlin, N.J./Sayreville War Memorial) and Mathews rounded out Northwestern's meet with a ninth-place finish in the 400 free relay. The group swam a season-best and NCAA `B' time of 2:58.66.

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