Feb. 26, 2013
EVANSTON, Ill. -- The regular season is complete and Northwestern is rested and ready for the 2013 Big Ten Championships hosted by Indiana Feb. 27-March 2 at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center.
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, especially one veteran and one newcomer.
Senior Charlie Rimkus leads the Wildcats into Bloomington as their lone returning NCAA Championships qualifier after he made the trip in 2011. He is well on pace for a return trip, owning a pair of NCAA `B' provisional qualifying times already and top-10 seeds at the meet in the 200 fly and 400 IM.
His most likely counterpart entering this weekend is freshman distance freestyle phenom Jordan Wilimovsky, who enters the weekend as the No. 3 overall seed in the mile and the primary rival for Michigan's 2012 1,500-meter free Olympian Connor Jaeger. Wilimovsky already has a pair of NCAA `B' cuts in the 1,650 free this year and is undefeated in that race and the 1,000.
Sophomores Uula Auren in the breastroke and Matthew Margritier in the sprint freestyles are point-scoring threats who have spent the winter feverishly returning from injury, and who have been successful: Auren notched a `B' cut in the 100 breast in February while Margritier enters this week as NU's top 50 freestyler.
Senior Toni Valcic, juniors Dominik Cubelic and Chase Stephens, sophomore Mark Ferguson and freshmen Grant Halsall and Van Donkersgoed all have great shots at points for NU. For a complete event-by-event breakdown and Northwestern's preview and game notes package for the 2013 Big Ten Championships, download the .pdf at the top of this page.
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