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    Wildcats Travel to WKU for First Road Meet of Season

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Chase Stephens was part of the 'Cats 400 free relay team in the winner-take-all event last year against WKU.
    Chase Stephens was part of the 'Cats 400 free relay team in the winner-take-all event last year against WKU.

    Oct. 23, 2013

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    EVANSTON, Ill. – The Northwestern men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams travel to Bowling Green, Ky. to face Western Kentucky in the ‘Cats first road meets of the season. 

    NU will face the Hilltoppers on Friday, Oct. 25. The diving events will begin at 2:00 p.m. CT and swimming starts at 4:30 p.m. CT. 

    Both the Northwestern men’s and women’s teams began their season at home last Friday, sweeping events at the Norris Aquatics Center.


    The Wildcats men’s swimming and diving team defeated Eastern Michigan 160.5-128.5. The women’s team earned wins over Eastern Michigan, 199-100 and Illinois, 166-133.

    Last week, freshman Lacey Locke  (Carmel, Ind./Carmel) swam a 55.48 in the 100 yard backstroke. Locke's time was faster than any Northwestern time during the 2012-13 season, besting Karen Turner's (Oswego, Ore./Lakeridge) time of 55.59 in the Big Ten Championships (Feb. 22, 2013).



    For the men against Eastern Michigan, sophomore Jordan Wilimovsky (Malibu, Calif./Malibu) posted a career-best 9:12.51 in the 1,000 yard freestyle with a time of 9:12.51. It bested his previous career-low by more than eight seconds (9:20.64 vs. UIC/Western Kentucky on Nov. 2, 2012).

    Wilimovsky posted another strong time of 4:31.32 to win the 500 yard freestyle, which would have been the Wilimovsky's fastest time during the 2012-13 season until the Big Ten Championships.

    The `Cats posted impressive times in the 50 yard freestyle. NU's senior Chase Stephens won the race with a 20.38 time, followed by Wildcats freshman Andy Jovanovic (Chicago, Ill./Loyola Academy), who swam a 21.22.

    Stephens time of 20.28 faster than any time he recorded in 2012-13 until he recorded a 19.91 time at the Big Ten Championships to qualify for the NCAA field. His 20.28 time against Eastern Michigan was just 0.04 seconds behind his 20.34 time Stephens posted in the NCAA Championships.

    The Last Time We Met

    The men’s swimming and diving team defeated Western Kentucky last season on Nov. 2, 2012, capturing a final winner-take-all 400 free relay to win 143.5-133.5.

    In that final 400 free relay, NU's team of Margritier, Stephens, Ferguson and Ratajczyk eased to a 3:02.90, winning in style against WKU's top time of 3:06.55 to capture the meet.

    Know the Opponent

    Friday marks the Hilltoppers first home meet of the season. WKU men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams began the season with wins on the road against Delta State on Oct. 12.

    Against Delta State, the women won 195-90 and the men earned the victory with a 182.5-107.5 score.

    WKU won 23 individual events and all four relays. For the Hilltoppers junior Claire Conlon won the 100 (1:03.89) and 200 (2:18.66) breast, junior Allie Duff topped the field in the 100 (58.12) and 200 (2:05.08) back, and senior Heitor Rodrigues won the 100 (49.14) and 200 (1:51.64) fly.

    Both the men’s and women’s Wildcats teams return home to the Norris Aquatics Center hosting Big Ten rival Wisconsin on Friday, Nov. 15 at 4:30 p.m. CT. 


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