Feb. 28, 2014
||Big Ten Championships
Northwestern: 79 points, 8th/10 place
Canham Natatorium Ann Arbor, Mich.
Results | Results
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Junior Mark Ferguson propelled himself to have a busy Friday night.
Ferguson reached the scoring consolation final in the 100 fly and 100 back, putting the Wildcats in position to earn more points at the Big Ten Championships.
Ferguson posted an NCAA "B" cut time in the 100 fly, trimming 0.18 off his career best time to set a new personal best. Ferguson finished the race at No. 13 and will swim in the evening finals during the scoring consolation round attempting to earn points for the Wildcats.
The junior from Perth, Australia also lowered his career best in the 100 back, posting an NCAA "B" cut time of 47.99 to finish at No. 15.
Senior Chase Stephens joined Ferguson to take part in the consolation finals Friday night.
Stephens swam a career-best 1:36.39 in the 200 yard freestyle for Northwestern to advance scoring consolation final at the Canham Natatorium on the University of Michigan campus.
He bested his previous career low of 1:37.22 and Stephens new low ranks No. 3 in Northwestern history in the 200 free, trailing just Matt Grevers (1:34.21 in 2007) and Kyle Bubolz (1:34.78 in 2009).
Also in the 100 fly, freshman Andy Jovanovic posted an NCAA "B" Cut time with a 48.23 to finish No. 18. Grant Halsall placed at No. 22 with a season best time of 48.45, earning both swimmers a spot in the bonus finals of the Friday night session.
Northwestern began the morning session with Van Donkersgoed (No. 19) and Jordan Wilimovsky (No. 21) earning second swims in the evening finals during the bonus round for the 400 yard individual medley. Donkersgoed led the `Cats in the event with an NCAA "B" Cut and season best time of 3:54.04, while Wilimovsky swam a career best in the event going 3:54.53.
Andrew Seitz also posted a career best in the 400 yard IM, swimming in 3:57.76.
NU divers still are competing in the 3-meter springboard prelims during the afternoon.
In the 100 yard breaststroke, Uula Auren and Van Donkersgoed reach the bonus final Friday night. Auren finished No. 18 with a time of 54.37 and Donkersgoed swam 55.08. Both ranked as NCAA "B" Cut times and season bests for both swimmers.
While diving preliminaries continue throughout the afternoon, the Big Ten Championships continue Friday at 5:30 p.m. CT with the day's finals in the 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast, 100 back and 3-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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