Nov. 4, 2009
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern returns to the pool for its second competition of the season at noon CT Saturday, Nov. 7, in a combined dual meet at Purdue's Boilermaker Aquatic Center, site of the 2010 women's Big Ten and NCAA Championships.
Both the Wildcats' men's and women's squads will be in action at Purdue; the two teams are swimming their first five meets of the season together culminating in Northwestern's TYR Invitational at the Norris Aquatics Center Nov. 20-22. Prior to facing NU on Saturday, Purdue will host Notre Dame on Friday, Nov. 6.
Northwestern's swimming and diving teams fell to Indiana on Oct. 23 in the Wildcats' first action of the 2009-10 season, but both squads put up good early season efforts. On the men's side, juniors Sean Mathews (St. Louis, Mo./Lafayette) and Alex Tyler (Birmingham, Mich./Birmingham Groves) each won a pair of events, while freshman Charlie Rimkus (Tustin, Calif./Beckman) won the 1,000 free with a time of 9:27.22, good enough to rank him 28th in the nation after his first-collegiate swim according to collegeswimming.com.
On the women's side, the annual meeting between Northwestern and Purdue always is a showdown of two strong Big Ten programs. After not defeating the Boilermakers from 1999-2006, the Wildcats have won the last two meetings between the schools, including a convincing 177-118 victory last year in Evanston.
The Wildcat women fell, 156-144, to the Hoosiers in October, but had multiple strong individual races to close an early meet deficit. Senior Emily Wong (Nepean, Ontario/St. Joseph's) won both the 50 and 100 freestyle races, with the latter victory giving NU a brief lead in the meet.
Sophomore Jenny Wilson (Bethesda, Md./Sidwell Friends School) picked up where she left off last year with wins as NU's breaststroke specialist, while senior Kassia Shishkoff (Raleigh, N.C./St. David's School) also had a victory in the opener.
In terms of freshmen, diver Felicitas Lenz
(Altadena, Calif./Polytechnic School) won the 3-meter event and was second on the 1-meter against Indiana, which is a school known for its strong diving. Taylor Reynolds
(St. Louis, Mo./Webster Groves) also had a good debut, taking second in the 50 free behind Wong.
Live results for Saturday's meet at Purdue can be found at Purduesports.com.