Jan. 19, 2012
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern returns home this weekend for the first of two meets to close out the regular season, beginning at 11 a.m. CT Saturday, Jan. 21, when the NU women host Iowa and Harvard while the Wildcat men welcome No. 15 Iowa only.
Live results for the meet are available by clicking here. Following the meet, Northwestern's swimming and diving programs are launching an endowment campaign with a kickoff event beginning at 6 p.m. CT at the James Allen Center on Northwestern's Evanston campus.
The Northwestern women are coming off a split double-dual result last weekend at No. 22 Michigan, knocking off Notre Dame during the meet. NU welcomed back three key swimmers who had missed the fall season due to injury, with Rachel Kim (Federal Way, Wash./Todd Beamer), Hannah Points (Tualatin, Ore./Tualatin) and Taylor Reynolds (St. Louis, Mo./Webster Groves) playing integral roles in the 156-144 victory over the Irish.
In addition to those three, senior Jenny Wilson (Bethesda, Md./Sidwell Friends School) swam NCAA `B' provisional qualifying times in both breaststroke events while Jackie Powell (Madison, Wis./James Madison Memorial) and Jacquie Godbe (Rapid City, S.D./Stevens) provided glimpses that they are ramping up for big performances at the Big Ten Championships.
On the men's side, there is much to be excited about halfway through a four-straight week dual meet schedule this month. Despite falling to Notre Dame in its last outing, Northwestern won nine of the 14 swimming events -- notching eight individual victories with performances by five different Wildcats. Junior NCAA Championships veteran Charlie Rimkus (Tustin, Calif./Beckman) won a pair of events while Dominik Cubelic (Glenview, Ill./Glenbrook South) in the backstroke and Uula Auren (Helsinki, Finland/Mäkelänrinteen Lukio) in the breaststroke each swept their respective specialties.
The NU squads have tough foes coming to the Norris Aquatics Center this week. Iowa's women have a 7-2 dual meet record this season while the Hawkeye men are 4-2 including an upset win over Minnesota earlier this year. This dual meet will be Harvard's first outside of the Ivy League, where it is a perfect 5-0 on the season.
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