Dec. 1, 2012
USA Swimming AT&T Winter Nationals Live Results Page
AUSTIN, Texas -- Five Northwestern men's swimmers traveled to Austin, Texas, November 29 to December 1 to compete in the USA Swimming AT&T Winter Nationals hosted by the University of Texas.
Competing without significant rest in the middle of the collegiate season, the Wildcats achieved several-season best times and also got point-scoring performances from senior Charlie Rimkus (Tustin, Calif./Beckman) and freshman Jordan Wilimovsky (Malibu, Calif./Malibu).
Wilimovsky entered the mile as the fifth overall seed in the field and he turned in much the same performance as he did at NU's own TYR Invitational two weeks ago. There, Wilimovsky broke an eight-year-old pool record with a 15:10.75; on Saturday in Austin, he moved from fifth-place seed to fourth-place finisher with a 15:11.91. That time, while a little more than a second slower than his time at the TYR, still was a strong NCAA `B' cut and proved Wilimovsky is one of the nation's top talents at the distance.
Rimkus picked up second swims in the 400 IM and 200 fly, scoring points in the individual medley Friday when he lowered his NCAA `B' provisional qualifying time of 3:52.70 in the prelims to 3:51.61 in the finals, which was good for 13th position. On Saturday in the 200 fly, Rimkus was 17th after the prelims of the 200 fly with a 1:48.16, but a scratch moved him into lane eight of the `B' scoring final. His second swim was 1.06 slower than his prelim, keeping him 16th in the field.
Rimkus was entered in the most events of any Wildcat, swimming in five total. In addition to his efforts in the 400 IM and 200 fly, Rimkus was 27th in the 500 free despite missing his season-best time in that race by nearly six seconds in 4:31.98. He also grabbed 32nd overall with a season-low 1:39.25 in the 200 free and 50th in the 200 IM with a season-best 1:51.81.
Wilimovsky swam once on each of the three days, finishing 25th overall with a 4:31.60 in the 500 free and 37th in the 400 IM after dropping 3.44 seconds from his season-best in that event to turn in a 4:02.33.
Senior Varun Shivakumar (Hoffman Estates, Ill./Fremd) took to the water over the weekend in both backstrokes, finishing 42nd overall in the 100 back with a season-best 50.22 and 27th overall in his specialty, the 200 back. In that race, Shivakumar took 1.12 seconds off of his season-best time to finish in 1:47.94.
Classmate Alexander Ratajczyk (Parlin, N.J./Sayreville War Memorial) swam in both sprint freestyle events, earning a season-best 45.85 in the 100 free for his best showing.
Junior Chase Stephens (Madison, Wis./Edgewood) competed in the 50, 100 and 200 freestyle events in Austin, earning season-best swims in the 100 (45.38) and 200 (1:39.06). He took 31st overall in the 200 free for his best placing among the field.
In Northwestern alumni news at the AT&T Winter Nationals, 2007 NU graduate and Olympic gold medalist Matt Grevers claimed the championships in the 50 free, 100 back and 100 free. Grevers' 44.55 in the 100 back broke his own meet record and took down Ryan Lochte's American record in the event.
Northwestern as a team is off for the remainder of the fall quarter before its annual winter training trip.
Be the first to know what's going on with the 'Cats -- Follow @NU_Sports on Twitter, become a fan of Northwestern Athletics on Facebook, subscribe to the NU Sports Express e-newsletter and sign up to receive promotional text alerts for the latest news, schedule updates and video and to interact with NU. For more information on following specific Northwestern teams online, visit our Social Media page!