Feb. 28, 2014
||Big Ten Championships •
Northwestern: 107 points, 9th/10 place
Canham Natatorium • Ann Arbor, Mich.
Results | Results
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Three Wildcats scored points for Northwestern Friday night in the evening finals of the Big Ten Championships Friday at the Canham Natatorium in four difference events including 3-meter diving, 100 fly, 100 back and the 200 yard freestyle.
Mark Ferguson earned Northwestern a pair of points finishing No. 15 with a time of 48.49 in the 100 fly. He also reached the consolation final in the 100 yard back, swimming a 49.53 in the evening session to score a point for NU.
“There was a lot of competition. It was a very deep field,” Ferguson said of the 100 fly, where the consolation final field was determined by less than a second, with each swimmer finishing between 47.79 and 48.78. “I knew it was going to be a close race and whoever was able to hang on would win.”
For the second consecutive day, freshman Andrew Cramer reached the scoring finals in diving. In the 3-meter prelims, Cramer scored a 331.00, finishing No. 13 to advance to the evening’s finals and punching his ticket to eventually tally the NU school record in the event.
Cramer finished No. 12 in the finals, posting a 363.95 score Friday night in the scoring consolation final at the Canham Natatorium.
“Coming out of prelims, I was a little disappointed coming with my last two dives. I just really wanted to have a separate meet, really try to put everything in and make my last three meter event of my freshman year consistent,” Cramer said. “I’m trying to take everything that [diving coach] Alik [Sarkisian] has taught me and put in in tomorrow in the tower diving.”
In the 200 yard freestyle, Chase Stephens swam another NCAA “B” Cut time, posting a 1:37.32 in the consolation final to earn two points for the ‘Cats.
Northwestern also saw some impressive times by the Wildcat freshman in the bonus finals Friday night.
Freshman Andy Jovanovic cruised in the bonus final of the 100 yard butterfly, finishing in the top spot in the race with a time of 47.94, a career-best for the first year swimmer. Jovanovic’s time of 47.94 registered as an NCAA “B” Cut time, as he bested his previous career best which was set during the TYR Invite. During the bonus final of the 200 yard free, Charlie Cole recorded a career-best time and NCAA “B” Cut, swimming 1:37.39.
Uula Auren posted another NCAA “B” Cut time in the 100 yard breastoke during the bonus final, swimming in 55.06. Van Donkergoed also swam in the 100 breast, posting a time of 55.43.
Northwestern began the finals finishing with a 1:22.83 time in the 200 free relay. NU’s team of Matt Wilcox, Dominik Cubelic, Ross McAuliffe and Jack Morris scored 18 points for the Wildcats in the relay.
In the bonus final of the 400 yard IM, sophomore Jordan Wilimovsky finished at No. 18 with a time of 3:54.76 and Andrew Seitz earned a No. 24 finish, swimming 4:00.29. Grant Halsall reached the bonus final of the 100 fly and swam a 48.55 to finish No. 21 in the evening session. Halsall also reached the bonus in the 100 back and posted a time of 49.63.
Entering the final day of the conference meet, NU has tallied 107 points to rank No. 9.
The Big Ten Championships conclude with the final day of action tomorrow, Saturday, March 1. The prelims begin at 10:00 a.m. CT followed by the finals at 5:30 p.m. Saturday’s events include the 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly, 1,650 free and platform diving. Live results of the races are available here. The prelim session will also be streamed here on the Big Ten Digital Network. The finals air live on BTN2Go.
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