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    Northwestern Set to Go Wild at Big Ten Championships

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Charlie Rimkus has his eyes on a return trip to the NCAA Championships meet.
    Charlie Rimkus has his eyes on a return trip to the NCAA Championships meet.

    Feb. 21, 2012

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    EVANSTON, Ill. -- The regular season is complete and Northwestern is rested and ready for the 2012 Big Ten Championships hosted by Iowa February 22-25 at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center Pool in Iowa City.

    For complete schedule, ticket and other information including live results from all of the action, link to the Championships Central page at For Northwestern's complete Big Ten Championships preview including notes, updated bios and season and career best times for each Wildcats, download the .pdf at the top of this page.

    The Wildcats swim the conference meet with an eye toward scoring points and also qualifying as many 'Cats as possible for the NCAA Championships. To that end, several Northwestern competitors have set themselves up well for that goal.

    Junior Charlie Rimkus leads the Wildcats into Iowa City as their lone returning NCAA Championships qualifier from a year ago. He is well on pace for a return trip, owning a pair of NCAA `B' provisional qualifying times already. His most likely counterpart entering this weekend is freshman breaststroker Uula Auren, who has been incredibly quick in his debut campaign at both distances while also giving a jolt to NU's medley relays.

    Along with Auren, sophomore Dominik Cubelic in the backstroke, senior Jake Grosser in the butterfly and junior Toni Valcic or freshman Matthew Margritier in the freestyle give Northwestern a strong lineup in the medley relay--something that traditionally has been a trademark for the Wildcats.

    Northwestern's freestyle relays also have a chance to be special with the aforementioned sprinters along with Rimkus, Margritier, senior John Frutiger and breakout sophomore Chase Stephens.

    On the diving boards, sophomores Nick Pinkerton and Tanner Nemkov each have earned in-season career best scores on both springboards as they continue to hone their craft under internationally respected head diving coach Alik Sarkisian. They should be poised to score in 2012.


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