Nov. 19, 2011
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern added four more NCAA `B' provisional qualifying times to its collection during second-day action at the 2011 TYR Invitational Saturday at the Norris Aquatics Center, bringing its two-day total to six.
After the second day of competition, Northwestern has closed its gap against first-place Missouri State. The Bears have 624 points to the Wildcats' 619 entering Sunday's final day. Cleveland State is in third place with 404 points, Kenyon is in fourth with 324 and UIC is in fifth position with a total of 236 points.
Preliminary portion of Saturday's action:
Junior Charlie Rimkus (Tustin, Calif./Beckman) got Northwestern off to a roaring start Saturday morning with an NCAA `B' provisional qualifying time in the 400 IM. He crushed the field by 8.14 seconds to win with a `B' cut of 4:52.01, which is 2.85 seconds quicker than the `B' cut standard.
Senior Tony Mattar (Lake Orion, Mich./Lake Orion) earned a consolation final berth with a 13th-place time of 4:15.29 to give the Wildcats two swimmers in point-scoring heats in the 400 IM.
Both John Kim (Newport Coast, Calif./Corona del Mar) and Jake Grosser (St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles) will swim in the 100 fly championship final after turning in times of 50.68 and 50.84 to finish sixth and seventh overall, respectively. Freshman Mark Ferguson (Perth, Australia/John XXIII) tied for 11th overall with a 51.07 and classmate Uula Auren (Helsinki, Finland/Mäkelänrinteen Lukio) placed 16th in 51.51 to earn 100 fly consolation final swims.
Brien Gerber (Naperville, Ill./Neuqua Valley), William Rosler (Bexley, Ohio/Columbus Academy) and Ross McAuliffe (Shapwick, United Kingdom/Millfield School) all earned bonus final swims following the morning action. Sophomore Matt Wilcox (Bemidji, Minn./Bemidji) is the second alternate in the 100 fly after a 26th-place overall finish.
(Alma, Mich./Alma) qualified second overall for Northwestern in the 200 free, turning in a 1:39.36 to lead a contingent of three Wildcats who made the championship heat. Chase Stephens
(Madison, Wis./Edgewood) was fifth overall with a 1:41.38 and Dominik Cubelic
(Glenview, Ill./Glenbrook North) joined the `A' final party with a seventh-place 1:42.03.
Both Matthew Margritier (Leawood, Kan./Rockhurst) and Alexander Ratajczyk (Parlin, N.J./Sayreville War Memorial) nearly made the championship heat as well, finishing ninth and 10th overall with times of 1:42.65 and 1:42.70, respectively. They are joined by Andrew Seitz (Pleasanton, Calif./Amador Valley) and Wilcox in the consolation heat; Seitz was 14th overall with a 1:44.56 while Wilcox finished 15th in 1:44.58.
Daniel Salovesh (Casa Grande, Ariz./Casa Grande Union) (17th overall, 1:45.15) and Varun Shivakumar (Hoffman Estates, Ill./Fremd) (20th overall, 1:45.73) rounded out NU's second-swim opportunities in the 200 free with bonus final invitations.
Auren qualified fourth overall for the 100 breast championship heat with a 57.73 while Gerber headlined a trio of Wildcats who made the consolation heat. Gerber swam a 10th-place time of 59.11 followed by Kim in 12th at 1:00.05 and Tim Smith (Oakland, Calif./De La Salle) in 16th at 1:00.60.
Northwestern earned fully one-half of the available lanes for the 100 back championship heat. Cubelic won the top seed with a 50.17 while Shivakumar was fourth in 50.67, Ferguson was fifth in 50.79 and Grosser was eighth in 51.77.
Four more Wildcats earned consolation final berths to give NU eight of the 16 available scoring spots in the event Saturday night. Salovesh took 11th overall with a 53.11, Margritier was 12th with a 53.13, Frutiger came in 14th with a 53.37 and Ratajczyk took 15th with a 53.43.
Mattar qualified to represent Northwestern in the 100 back bonus final with a 22nd-place time of 54.51 while both Rosler (55.50) and Stephens (56.85) earned alternate positions for the event.
Finals portion of Saturday's action:
Northwestern's 200 medley relay team earned an NCAA `B' provisional qualifying time of 1:29.31 to win the event and make NU's relays 3-for-3 in earning NCAA cut times at the TYR; the Wildcats' 400 medley and 200 free relays also made `B' qualifying times Friday night. The team of Cubelic, Auren, Grosser and Valcic accomplished Saturday night's opening swim.
Rimkus came within .65 of a second of duplicating his awesome preliminary `B' time, turning in another `B' cut of 3:52.66 that was enough to hold off former Wildcat All-American Sean Mathews by .54 of a second for the win. Mathews is swimming unattached in this open meet.
Mattar's win in the consolation final of the 400 IM was much more commanding. The senior's season-best time of 4:02.45 was nearly four full seconds faster than his competition and represented a nearly 13 full second drop from his prelim time.
Grosser (50.73) and Kim (51.20) finished seventh and eighth in the 100 fly championship heat after Ferguson turned in a 50.95 to finish 11th overall and Auren swam a 51.38 to take 14th in the consolation final of the event. In the bonus final, Gerber swam an 18th-place overall time of 51.79, Rosler finished 20th in 52.07 and McAuliffe placed 22nd with a 52.44.
Frutiger swam a season-best 1:38.59 to finish second in the 200 free championship final behind a Missouri State swimmer who swam a very fast NCAA `B' time of 1:36.93. Stephens was right behind Frutiger with a third-place season-best 1:40.36 while Cubelic ended up in eighth position after a 1:44.52.
Margritier won the consolation final in a season-best 1:41.00, while Ratajczyk took 11th in 1:42.64, Wilcox grabbed 12th in 1:43.06 and Seitz ended up 16th after a 1:44.90. As NU's lone competitor in the bonus final, Salovesh recorded a 19th-place overall finish with a 1:44.37.
Auren gave Northwestern another NCAA `B' time in winning the 100 breast with a collegiate-best 54.69, which beat out a trio of unattached swimmers featuring a couple of former NCAA All-Americans. In the consolation final, Gerber was just out-touched at the end by .06 of a second to end up 10th overall with a season-best 58.86. Kim captured 12th in 59.56 and Smith took 13th in 59.76.
Cubelic captured the title in the 100 backstroke championship final by .53 of a second in a time of 49.09. Ferguson came in fourth with a 50.36 followed by Shivakumar in fifth with a 50.43 and Grosser in seventh with a 52.36.
Margritier led the Northwestern consolation heat convoy with a second place 52.50 which placed him 10th overall. Salovesh was 12th overall with a 52.86, Frutiger took 15th in 54.16 and Ratajczyk earned a single point with a 16th-place 54.55.
In diving action Saturday night, sophomore Tanner Nemkov (Littleton, Colo./Heritage) nearly matched his season-best score on the 3-meter springboard to finish second with a score of 321.50. Classmate Nick Pinkerton (Hudson, Ohio/Hudson) finished fifth with a 278.90 tally. Amrit Trewn (Grosse Point, Mich./Cranbrook Kingswood) earned nine points with a 255.90-point consolation final win.
Northwestern's 800 free relay team of Rimkus, Stephens, Margritier and Frutiger wrapped up Saturday night with yet another NCAA `B' time of 6:37.57. NU and Missouri State came off the blocks at nearly identical times entering the final 200 yards, and Frutiger quickly established dominance in pulling away with a 1:37.87 split to win.
The final day of the three-day TYR Invitational begins tomorrow morning, Sunday, Nov. 20, with a 9 a.m. CT preliminary session followed by a 3 p.m. CT finals session. Live results are available at fitrec.northwestern.edu.
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