Nov. 8, 2012
Site: Madison, Wis. (Natatorium)
Score:Wisconsin 162, Northwestern 129
Records: NU (2-3, 0-2 Big Ten), Wisconsin (4-4, 2-1 Big Ten)
Next NU Event: November 16-18, 2012 -- TYR Invitational (Norris Aquatics Center), Evanston, Ill.
MADISON, Wis. -- Northwestern won four events early in a Thursday Big Ten dual meet at Wisconsin, but the Badgers shut the door with victories in the second half of the showdown to defeat the Wildcats, 162-129.
Northwestern got off to a hot start in the meet, however, thanks to a win in the 200 medley relay and a 1-2 sweep of the 1,000 free. NU's opening team of Dominik Cubelic (Glenview, Ill./Glenbrook South), Uula Auren (Helsinki, Finland/Mäkelänrinteen Lukio), Mark Ferguson (Perth, Australia/John XXIII) and Toni Valcic (Ribnica, Slovenia/Gimnazija Ledina) won the relay by nearly a full second in 1:32.44, then freshman Jordan Wilimovsky (Malibu, Calif./Malibu) captured the 1,000 free in 9:24.19, more than 10 seconds ahead of second-place teammate Charlie Rimkus (Tustin, Calif./Beckman).
In the 200 free, Madison native Chase Stephens
(Madison, Wis./Edgewood) led the rest of the pack in second place, nearly five seconds behind Wisconsin's winner. Cubelic then was second overall in the 100 back.
Competing in his first meet since offseason surgery, Auren faded down the stretch of the 100 breast and was out-touched by two one-hundredths of a second, reaching the wall in 57.98 to take second place.
Rimkus got NU back on the winning track when he charged from nearly a full second down entering the final 50 yards of the 200 fly to touch in 1:49.24 and win by four one-hundredths. The Wildcats then got a 1-2-3 sweep of the 50 free from Stephens (20.75), Valcic (21.36) and Alexander Ratajczyk (Parlin, N.J./Sayreville War Memorial) (21.38).
Nick Pinkerton (Hudson, Ohio/Hudson) placed second overall in the 1-meter diving competition with a score of 267.68, coming in narrowly behind the winning Wisconsin tally of 269.33.
In the back half of the meet, Wisconsin took full control, winning all of the rest of the individual events to put Northwestern away. Cubelic (47.00) and Ratajczyk (47.47) were second and third in the 100 free before a 1-2-3 sweep of the 200 back by the Badgers.
The trend continued with a 1-2 Wisconsin finish in the 200 breast (without Auren in the field) before the Badgers' Michael Weiss did something that has been tough to do this year: beating Wilimovsky in a distance event. The precocious freshman swam a 4:38.52 to finish second in the 500 free, but was almost seven seconds off the pace.
NU did take the final event, winning the 200 free relay by more than two second with a 1:23.36 from Stephens, Cubelic, Valcic and Ratajczyk.
Northwestern returns to action November 16-18 at the Norris Aquatics Center in the TYR Invitational, the final event on the official fall competition schedule. The three-day meet features preliminary heats at 9 a.m. CT each day followed by 5 p.m. CT finals on Friday and Saturday, and 3 p.m. CT finals on Sunday.
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