March 2, 2014
||Big Ten Championships •
Northwestern: 158 points, 9th/10 place
Canham Natatorium • Ann Arbor, Mich.
Results | Results
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Sophomore Jordan Wilimovsky (Malibu, Calif./Malibu) punched his ticket to his second career invite to the NCAA Championships in as many years at Northwestern.
Wilimovsky broke his own school record in the 1,650 yard freestyle, posting an NCAA “A” Cut qualifying time of 14:42.99.
After becoming the first Northwestern swimmer to post a sub-15:00 mile as a freshman last season, Wilimovsky broke his own school record in the mile with a 14:55.25 time during the TYR Invite in Evanston on November 24, 2013. He was able to trim more than 12 seconds off that time during the Big Ten Championships.
“It was really fun to go out and race at Big Tens. All my coaches prepared me well, [head coach] Jarod [Schroeder], [assistant coach Andrew] Sheaff, [volunteer assistant coach] Terry [Silkaitis],” Wilimovsky said. “I get back in the pool Monday morning, and just normal, hard practices for three weeks, another week of taper and hopefully I’ll be ready to go a little faster."
Wilimovsky’s time of 14:42.99 finished No. 2 Saturday in the final session of the Big Ten Championships at the Canham Natatorium at the University of Michigan. He was also named All-Big Ten Second Team.
Freshman diver Andrew Cramer set a Northwestern record in the platform diving with a score of 403.95 after advancing to the “B” final with a prelim score of 347.20. Cramer finished No. 10 overall in the final session, however his 403.95 score was the platform dives fourth highest overall score.
Cramer became the first NU diver to score more than 400 points, breaking Mike Oxman’s school record of 365.05 set in 2005.
Senior Chase Stephens (Madison, Wis./Edgewood) also tallied points in the championship final for the ‘Cats Saturday. He cut his prelims time in the 100 yard freestyle by 0.02 to post another NCAA “B” Cut time of 43.39 and finish No. 8, earning 11 points for NU.
“We all came here with high goals and to swim fast, we’re all looking forward to improving,” Stephens said of the team. “The last four years have been amazing. When I came here as a tall, skinny, lanky kid from Madison, Wisconsin, I grew a lot, both mentally and physically. Our coaches turned us boys into men.”
In the scoring consolation final of the 200 yard backstroke, sophomore Grant Halsall posted an NCAA “B” Cut time of 1:46.04 to earn a pair of points for Northwestern.
Van Donkersgoed also made the NCAA “B” Cut with a 1:59.48 time in the 200 breast bonus final. He earned a second swim after setting a new season best in the prelims.
As a team, the ‘Cats scored 158 points in the Big Ten Championships to finish No. 9. Senior Brien Gerber won the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award.
The NCAA Championships take place in Austin, Texas from Thursday, March 27 to Saturday, March 29.
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