Nov. 20, 2011
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern and Missouri State went back-and-forth Sunday at the 2011 TYR Invitational, but at the end of an exciting day that saw several NCAA `B' provisional qualifying times and one former NU All-American break a pool record, the Bears earned the team title at the five-team meet while the Wildcats came in second.
Missouri State compiled 1,006 points to top Northwestern's second-place total of 981. Cleveland State ended up third with 607, Kenyon took fourth with 502 and UIC placed fifth with 329 points.
Former NU All-American Alex Tyler, swimming unattached, was the meet's high scorer for the men with 94 points followed by Missouri State's Paul Le in second with 87 points.
Preliminary portion of Sunday's action:
Northwestern placed a pair of swimmers in the championship final during preliminary competition for the day's first event, the 50 fly. Senior Jake Grosser (St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles) qualified second overall with a 22.54 while classmate Tony Mattar (Lake Orion, Mich./Lake Orion) came in seventh in 22.97.
Freshman Matthew Margritier (Leawood, Kan./Rockhurst) finished 11th overall in the 50 fly with a 23.26 and junior Toni Valcic (Ribnica, Slovenia/Gimnazija Ledina) was 12th in 23.30 to earn a pair of consolation final lanes. Four Wildcats won the right to swim again in the bonus final: Uula Auren (Helsinki, Finland/Mäkelänrinteen Lukio) in 19th, Ross McAuliffe (Shapwick, United Kingdom/Millfield School) in 21st, John Kim (Newport Coast, Calif./Corona del Mar) in 23rd and Brien Gerber (Naperville, Ill./Neuqua Valley) in 24th.
(Hoffman Estates, Ill./Fremd) qualified second overall for the 200 back championship final with a Northwestern-season-best 1:48.45. Joining him in the `A' heat are Jan Hanulik
(Cavisov, Czech Republic/Sportovni Gymnazium), who finished fifth in 1:51.14, and Mark Ferguson
(Perth, Australia/John XXIII), who took sixth with a 1:57.00.
Junior Daniel Salovesh (Casa Grande, Ariz./Casa Grande Union) also earned a 200 back point-scoring lane Sunday afternoon with an 11th-place overall time of 1:53.48, which places him in the consolation final.
Northwestern won four lanes in the 100 free championship final after Sunday morning's racing. Margritier was the top qualifier with a fourth-place 45.37 while Chase Stephens (Madison, Wis./Edgewood) (45.82), John Frutiger (Alma, Mich./Alma) (45.97) and Valcic (46.07) took sixth through eighth places, respectively.
Just missing out on the championship final by .02 of a second but owning the top seed in the 100 free consolation final is Dominik Cubelic (Glenview, Ill./Glenbrook South), who swam a 46.09. Alexander Ratajczyk (Parlin, N.J./Sayreville War Memorial) finished 11th overall in 46.19 and Grosser placed 13th with a 46.53 to join Cubelic in the `B' final.
Two more Wildcats, Matt Wilcox (Bemidji, Minn./Bemidji) and McAuliffe, earned the right to swim again in the 100 free bonus final. Wilcox was 18th in the morning with a 47.00 while McAuliffe was right behind him in 19th with a 47.03. Hanulik is the second alternate for the event after turning in a time of 48.77.
Auren is Northwestern's representative in the 200 breast championship final after a fourth-place 2:05.82 Sunday morning. Gerber will rep the 'Cats in the consolation final after an 11th-place time of 2:10.93 while Andrew Seitz (Pleasanton, Calif./Amador Valley) (2:15.52) and Tim Smith (Oakland, Calif./De La Salle) (2:16.19) will swim in the bonus final.
Cubelic qualified first overall to represent Northwestern in the 50 back championship heat Sunday afternoon, swimming a 23.15. Ferguson also earned an `A' final berth with a time of 23.80. Salovesh and Shivakumar tied for ninth in a dead heat time of 24.92 to headline the consolation final while Stephens will join them after a 12th-place 25.43.
Junior Charlie Rimkus (Tustin, Calif./Beckman) earned the top seed in the 200 fly championship final with a 1:48.65 followed by Mattar in third overall with a 1:49.33. Kim also won a scoring spot in the 200 fly Sunday afternoon with a 10th-place time of 1:53.57 while Seitz will headline the bonus final after a morning 1:59.54.
During the morning preliminary session, the divers competed on the 5-meter platform, with Northwestern earning huge points via a 1-2-4 finish. Tanner Nemkov (Littleton, Colo./Heritage) got the win with a score of 309.70, earning an 84.85-point margin of victory over his second-place teammate, Nick Pinkerton (Hudson, Ohio/Hudson), who compiled 224.85 points. Amrit Trewn (Grosse Pointe, Mich./Cranbrook Kingswood) garnered fourth-place points for NU with a 180.65.
Finals portion of Sunday's action:
Sunday afternoon began with the finals of the 50 fly, where Grosser placed third overall in a time of 22.49 and Mattar was eighth in 23.06. Margritier and Valcic tied in a dead heat for 12th overall in the consolation final with a 23.26, helping NU to a 10-point advantage over Missouri State following the event.
In the 50 fly bonus final, McAuliffe placed 22nd overall in a time of 23.64, Gerber was 23rd in 23.93 and Rosler put up a 24th-place time of 24.23.
Missouri State went 1-3-6 in the 200 back while Northwestern finished 2-4-5 to mitigate the damage the Bears were able to inflict on the Wildcats' lead. Shivakumar was NU's top finisher with a second-place 1:48.26 while Hanulik came in fourth in 1:48.76, just .09 of a second behind the Missouri State third-place finisher in what was a battle all heat long. Ferguson won the fifth-place points for NU with a 1:50.98.
In the 200 back consolation final, Salovesh earned seven big points with a 10th-place 1:52.17.
Northwestern opened up a big edge after the 100 free by virtue of having seven swimmers in the scoring finals to Missouri State's four. Margritier was NU's top finisher in the event with a fourth-place 45.39 while Frutiger placed sixth in 46.28, Stephens came in seventh in 46.36 and Valcic recorded an eighth-place time of 46.50.
In the 100 free consolation final, NU went 2-3-4 led by Cubelic's 10th-place overall time of 46.01. Ratajczyk was .06 of second behind Cubelic while Grosser placed 12th overall in 46.35.
Northwestern did not enter any swimmers into the 1,650 free while Missouri State had six, which basically sealed the Invitational victory for the Bears.
Auren was the top collegian in the field in the 200 breast championship final, swimming a 2:02.91 that placed him third overall behind unattached swimmers Kevin Puskaric and Alex Tyler. Gerber was third in the consolation heat and 11th overall with a time of 2:10.08.
The bonus final of the 200 breast was one of the most fun races of the afternoon. With just two swimmers entered, NU's Smith and Cleveland State's Mason Allen, the entire pool focused on the pair while their respective teams gathered on the far bulkhead to cheer them on. In the end, Allen edged Smith in a tight battle, 2:13.02 to 2:13.45.
Cubelic and Missouri State's Paul Le had a tremendous race in the 50 back championship final, with Le out-touching Cubelic at the absolute wire, 23.07 to 23.08. Ferguson followed Cubelic in third with a 23.55. In the consolation final, Shivakumar (23.75) and Salovesh (24.70) finished 1-2 while Stephens was 13th overall after turning in a 25.47 to garner four points for NU.
In the 200 fly championship final, the big story came from a former Wildcat All-American in the event. 2011 graduate Sean Mathews, swimming unattached in the open meet, broke Eric Nilsson's 2008 pool record time of 1:45.76 with a 1:45.18 to win the event. Rimkus followed Mathews with an NCAA `B' time of 1:48.03 -- his second individual `B' provisional qualifying time of the meet -- to finish in second position while Mattar was fifth with a 1:50.65.
In the consolation final, Kim finished second and 10th overall with a time of 1:54.00. Seitz was 15th overall in 1:58.54.
In the final 400 free relay, Northwestern's team of Margritier, Cubelic, Stephens and Frutiger swam an NCAA `B' provisional qualifying time of 3:00.02 to finish second behind Kenyon College in the race. NU now has `B' cuts in all five of its relays this season.
Northwestern now is off from competition until its winter training trip to Hawaii in December.
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