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    Feb. 27, 2014

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    Northwestern: 40 points, t-8th/10 place

    Canham Natatorium • Ann Arbor, Mich.

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    ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Northwestern continued to trim seconds off their season and career best times Thursday morning in the prelims session of the Big Ten Championships.

    Senior Chase Stephens reached Thursday night’s championships final after finishing No. 6 in the 50 yard free.

    Stephens swam a career best 19.80, registering as an NCAA “B” Cut. It’s the fourth fastest 50 yard free time recorded by an NU swimmer. The 19.80 time bested Stephens’ 19.91 recorded last season, which had previously been the No. 4 mark in Wildcats history. 

    “It’s a deep field. I’m looking forward to tonight in the ‘A’ final and the ‘B’ final for Jordan,” Stephens said. “Hopefully we can move up some spots, get some more out of it and leave a strong mark.”

    Northwestern sophomore Jordan Wilimovsky (500 free) and freshman Andy Jovanovic (200 IM) also reached the evening finals to earn a second swim Thursday night.

    Wilimovsky swam a career-best 4:19.86 to begin the prelims morning session Thursday at the Canham Natatorium.

    He not only bested his career best time, but the 4:19.86 mark ranks No. 2 all-time in Northwestern school history in the 500 free. Eric Nilsson (2009) holds the school record with a time of 4:17.31.

    “There’s a lot of fast people out there, so it was fun to race them and hopefully I can go a little faster tonight,” Wilimovsky said. 

    Wilmovsky’s time scored as an NCAA “B” Cut time and the sophomore finished No. 10 to advance to Thursday night’s scoring consolation round.

    Jovanovic earned a second swim in the 200 IM, reaching the bonus final with an NCAA “B” Cut time of 1:48.01.

    NU's divers still are competing in the 1-meter springboard prelims during the afternoon.

    Also in the 500 free, Charlie Cole (4:26.50) and Jonathan Lieberman (4:31.32) posted season best times in the prelims for Northwestern.

    While diving preliminaries continue throughout the afternoon, the Big Ten Championships continue Thursday at 5:30 p.m. CT with the day’s finals in the 500 free, 200 IM, 50 free and 1-meter diving. Live results of the races are available here. The sessions will also be streamed here on the Big Ten Digital Network.  

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