May 20, 2013
CASTAIC LAKE, Calif. -- Northwestern freshman Jordan Wilimovsky (Malibu, Calif./Malibu) earned fourth-place finishes in both the 10K and 5K events at the 2013 USA Swimming Open Water National Championships last weekend, earning a berth on the United States' World University Games Team and a possible slot on the U.S. World Championships squad.
Wilimovsky, who earned two medals with Team USA at the 2012 World Junior Open Water Championships last August, completed the 10K course Friday in 1:56:06.471. He hit the finish buoy a little more than 55 seconds behind the trio of finishers in the lead pack and outraced his competition in the trail group, Joey Pedraza, by a little under three seconds.
Wilimovsky's fourth-place finish is a five-spot improvement over his ninth-place effort in the 10K at the 2012 U.S. Open Water Championships on Miromar Lake in Fort Myers, Fla.
The 2013 NCAA Championships qualifier in the mile and the 500 freestyle then earned another fourth-place result during the 5K race Sunday in a frenetic finish. Leading a pack of six swimmers with 300 meters to go, Wilimovsky ended up behind a group of three who all touched within .68 of a second of each other, leaving the Wildcat in fourth with a 57:23.24, 1.17 seconds shy of the title.
Wilimovsky will find out early next week if his performances merit a spot on the U.S. World Championships team at the 25K distance. If not, he would be guaranteed a place on Team USA's World University Games squad for later this year.
For complete USA Swimming Open Water National Championships and World Championship Team Trials results, visit USASwimming.org
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