Nov. 24, 2013
EVANSTON, Ill. – Northwestern sophomore Jordan Wilimovsky broke his own school record in the 1,650 freestyle, swimming in 14:55.25, lowering his previous school record by 3.55 seconds.
The time would have qualified for 16th place in the NCAA finals last season, as Wilimovsky is the Wildcats only swimmer to ever swim the 1,650 free in less than 15 minutes.
Wilimovsky started the race breaking the Northwestern school record in the race’s first 1,000 meters, a split time of 9:01.33. It broke the NU 1,000 free school record, previously held by Eric Nilsson in 2009 (9:04.11).
Northwestern ended the weekend winning the TYR Invite. The ‘Cats scored 1,054.5 points, besting Michigan State (904.5), Missouri State (876.5), Illinois-Chicago (370.5), Kenyon College (322.5), North Dakota (273.5) and Truman State (122).
Preliminary Portion of Sunday's Action
Junior Mark Ferguson began the preliminary morning session taking the top time in the 50 yard butterfly to advance to the championship for the Wildcats. He was the race’s only sub-22.00 finisher (21.91).
NU produced two of the top three times in the 200 yard backstroke. Following Missouri State swimmer Paul Le’s “B” cut time of 1:45.59, Northwestern’s Andy Jovanovic (1:46.78) took second followed by Grant Halsall (1:47.93).
Le also won the 50 yard backstroke (22.50), followed by the ‘Cats Ferguson (22.59), Jovanovic (22.59) and Cubelic (22.97) to advance to the championship finals.
Chase Stephens raced out to a solid finish in the 100 yard freestyle, swimming the event’s fastest time, and a season best 44.38.
Andrew Cramer continued his impressive freshman season, posting the top score (283.95) in platform diving.
Van Donkersgoed advanced to the championship round in the 200 yard breaststroke, registering the prelims second fastest time (2:01.15).
Finals Portion of Sunday's Action
Mark Ferguson won the 50 yard butterfly championship final, as the only swimmer to register a sub-22.00 time, swimming in 21.82.
Andy Jovanovic swam a NCAA “B” cut time (1:45.94) to finish in second place in the 200 yard backstroke. NU’s Grant Halsall’s 1:48.54 time gave him a third place finish in the final.
Chase Stephens cut 0.06 seconds off his top time to finish in first place in the 100 yard freestyle championship, swimming in 44.32 seconds.
Van Donkersgoed recorded a NCAA “B” cut time (1:59.32) to finish in second place in the 200 yard breaststroke.
Ferguson, Jovanovic and Dominik Cubelic earned NU points finishing in second, third and fourth places respectively in the 50 yard backstroke.
Northwestern closed out the TYR Invitational winning the 400 yard freestyle relay. Jovanovic, Stephens, Cubelic and Charlie Cole swam a combined 2:57.41 time for the ‘Cats.
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