Nov. 23, 2013
EVANSTON, Ill. – Northwestern continued to break pool records in Day 2 of the TYR Invitational Saturday, as the ‘Cats 200 yard medley relay team set a new standard in the evening’s finals portion.
NU’s team of Mark Ferguson, Uula Auren, Andy Jovanovic and Chase Stephens registered the top time in the 200 yard medley (1:27.64). It set a Northwestern pool record, breaking the previous 5-year mark held by Michigan State in 2008 (1:27.85).
Freshman Andrew Cramer broke the Northwestern diving record, scoring 369.90 points in the 3-meter diving final. Cramer bested Alex Kiaie’s 2007 score of 336.55.
Cramer originally posted a 304.70 score in the prelims, before improving his score by 65.20 points to break the NU record by more than 30 points.
After the season day, Northwestern maintained a lead in the second day of the TYR Invitational, ending the day with 388 points. The Wildcats remain ahead of Missouri State (294.5), Michigan State (284.5), Illinois-Chicago (153), Kenyon College (101), North Dakota (80) and Truman State (48).
Day three of the TYR Invitational begins at 9 a.m. CT tomorrow, Sunday, Nov. 24, with preliminary action. Finals will get underway at 3 p.m. Sunday evening. Live results can be found at by clicking here.
Preliminary Portion of Saturday's Action
Sophomore Jordan Wilimovsky posted his best time this season in the 400 yard IM to take third place in the morning’s first men’s session. The Wildcats’ Van Donkersgoed swam in 3:59.19 to take fifth.
In 3-meter diving, Northwestern registered the top two scores, outscoring its nearest opponent, Missouri State, by more than 30 points. Freshman Andrew Cramer (304.70) took the top score, followed closely by the ‘Cats Nick Pinkerton (303.00).
Freshman Andy Jovanovic registered a “B” cut time in the 100 yard butterfly, tallying the ‘Cats fastest time in the event this season (48.07).
Jovanovic recorded NU’s fastest time on the season in the 100 yard backstroke (49.09) and joined Dominick Cubelic (49.89) and Mark Ferguson (50.18) as all three finishing in the top eight for the finals seeding.
Finals Portion of Saturday's Action
In the final round, Wilimovsky finished in second place in the 400 yard IM, posting a career-best time of 3:56.70.
Jovanovic registered a second NCAA qualifying “B” cut time (48.15) in the 100 yard butterfly, just short of besting his 48.07 top time from the day’s preliminary morning session. Mark Fergson finished in third place in the finals, also registering his top time of the season (48.59).
Chase Stephens added an NCAA “B” cut time to his season, with a 1:37.06 time to win the 200 yard freestyle finals. Charlie Cole finished in third place in the finals, swimming 1:39.34 while Jack Morris finished in third place in the consolation race (1:41.23).
The 100 yard breaststroke saw the top three times qualify as “B” cuts, with Uula Auren finishing in second place for the Wildcats (54.70). Aaron Sears won the consolation 100 yard breaststroke race, posting a time of 56.38.
Northwestern registered three of the top four finishers in the championship final of the 100 yard backstroke, with Mark Ferguson (48.84) and Andy Jovanovic (48.85) separated by just 0.01. Dominick Cubelic finished in fourth place, swimming 49.18.
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