June 12, 2013
Official USA Swimming Announcement
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern freshman Jordan Wilimovsky (Malibu, Calif./Malibu) has been named to the United States National Team for the 2013 FINA World Championships July 19-Aug. 3 in Barcelona, Spain. Wilimovsky will swim the 25K open water event with the National A squad, which is the same team USA Swimming sends to the Olympic Games every four years.
Wilimovsky earned fourth-place finishes in both the 10K and 5K events at the 2013 USA Swimming Open Water National Championships and Team Trials in May, which guaranteed him a place on Team USA's World University Games team for 2013. Instead, the Northwestern school-record holder in the mile received a call-up to the National A team for the monster 25K race.
Former NU swimmer and six-time Olympic medalist Matt Grevers will attempt to qualify for Team USA as well during Trials in June.
Wilimovsky, who earned two medals with Team USA at the 2012 World Junior Open Water Championships last August, completed the 10K course on Friday, May 17, 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, May 19, 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.
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