Nov. 22, 2013
EVANSTON, Ill. – Northwestern’s Chase Stephens opened up the finals portion of Friday’s TYR Invitational Friday night leading off the Wildcats 200 yard freestyle relay team.
Stephens swam a 19.87 in his 50 yard portion of the freestyle event, breaking the Northwestern pool record, which had belonged to two-time Olympian Matt Grevers.
Grevers previously held the mark since 2004, swimming a 19.93 nine years earlier. Stephens time helped the ‘Cats win the 200 yard freestyle relay to start the finals portion, posting a 1:20.44 time.
Fittingly, the night ended with another pool record falling. The Wildcats 400 yard medley relay team of Mark Ferguson, Uula Auren, Andy Jovanovic and Stephens posted the top time in the race (3:13.10).
It broke the ‘Cats 2006 record of 3:14.96, which was set in the fall of the 2006-07 season.
After the first day of the TYR Invitational Friday, Northwestern leads with 326 points, scoring ahead of Big Ten rival Michigan State (270.5), Missouri State (263.5), Illinois-Chicago (111), Kenyon College (101), North Dakota (80) and Truman State (48).
Day two of the TYR Invitational begins at 9 a.m. CT tomorrow, Saturday, Nov. 23, with preliminary action. Finals will get underway at 5 p.m. Saturday evening. Live results can be found at by clicking here.
Preliminary Portion of Friday's Action
Uula Auren started things off strong for the Wildcats, taking first place with a 24.75 time in the 50 yard breaststroke. Van Donkersgoed and Aaron Sears also ranked in the top 16, being eligible to earn points in the night session with Donersgoed taking 10th place and Sears 11th.
Jordan Wilimovsky and Charlie Cole finished in second and third place respectively in the 500 yard freestyle as Northwestern’s top five swimmers in the event all posted their top times of the season to finish in the top 16. Wilmovsky swam 4:29.89 and Charlie Cole posted a 4:30.39 time.
Coming off being named Big Ten Diver of the Week, freshman Andrew Cramer scored 304.70 points in 1-meter diving, to take the top score.
Freshman Andy Jovanovic posted the top time in the 200 yard IM (1:49.45), while Van Donkersgoed (1:51.77) and Grant Halsall (1:52.27) also posted individual season top times to finish in the race’s top eight.
In the 50 yard freestyle, Chase Stephens posted the race’s top time, swimming a 20.19, his fastest of the year. Jovanovic placed fourth, also recording his fastest time of the year in the event (20.70).
Finals Portion of Friday's Action
Uula Auren earned Northwestern points in the first individual race of the day, taking the race’s top time in the 50 yard breastroke, with a 250.06 time. Van Donkersgoed finished in first place in the consolation final of the even, swimming a 25.99 while the ‘Cats Will Rosler registered the top time in the bonus final (26.49).
Jordan Wilimovsky earned an NCAA “B” cut time, winning the 500 yard freestyle with a time of 4:22.57. Charlie Cole finished in second for Northwestern, swimming 4:26.95.
Chase Stephens followed up his 50 yard freestyle pool record in the 200 yard free relay with the consolation final’s top time in the 500 yard freestyle, swimming 4:30.27.
Stephens posted another strong time in the 50 yard freestyle, registering a 20.04 “B” cut time to win the championship final. Dominik Cubelic swam a 20.83 to take the top time in the consolation final.
The 200 yard IM featured a fast track, as the top three times all earned “B” cut times, finishing faster than 1:48.00. Missouri State took the first two times, while Andy Jovanovic finished in third place, with a “B” cut time of 1:47.59.
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