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    Northwestern Travels to Wisconsin for Combined Meet Thursday

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Junior Becca Soderholm is one of four 'Cats returning home Thursday to battle the Badgers.
    Junior Becca Soderholm is one of four 'Cats returning home Thursday to battle the Badgers.

    Nov. 6, 2012

    EVANSTON, Ill. -- The Wildcat men and women's teams will get back in action at 3:30 p.m. CT Thursday, Nov. 8, when they travel to Madison, Wis., to battle the Badgers in a combined dual meet.

    The men have beaten the Badgers four times in the past six years of annual competition, and will look to increase that winning record this Thursday. Action will commence for both men's and women's teams for their third combined dual meet of the season at 3:30 p.m. at the University of Wisconsin Natatorium. Live results from the meet will be available by clicking here. The `Cats will return home for the TYR Invitational beginning at 9 a.m. CT Friday, Nov. 16.

    The meet against the University of Wisconsin Badgers will serve as a homecoming for four Wildcat swimmers. Junior Chase Stephens (Madison, Wis./Edgewood), junior Becca Soderholm (Madison, Wis./East), freshman Chelsea Soderholm (Madison, Wis./East) and senior Jackie Powell (Madison, Wis./James Madison Memorial) are all Madison natives.



    The men and women both saw freshmen make significant impacts in the pool last weekend against Purdue. For the men, tenacious freshman Jordan Wilimovsky (Malibu, Calif./Malibu) proved himself to be quite a tough competitor. Against Purdue he swam the mile in 15:33.77, beating teammate and 2011 NCAA Championships qualifier in the event Charlie Rimkus (Tustin, Calif./Beckman) by 26 seconds.

    For the women, freshman Shelly Patton (Littleton, Colo./Heritage) created a huge lead in the 200 IM during the backstroke leg then held on fiercely for the win. Freshman Caroline Grant (Winnetka, Ill./New Trier) was the top NU competitor in the 3-meter platform dive with a score of 256.87 to take second place against the Boilermakers and freshman Ellen Anderson (Montgomery Village, Md./ Gaithersburg) finished second to lead the `Cats in the 1,000 free.

    Seasoned veterans also had strong performances for the Wildcats against Purdue. On the men's side, Rimkus dominated the Boilermakers in the 200 fly, swimming a 28.36 final 50 split that was .73 of a second faster than any other split in the pool. Rimkus added to his inspired performance with a victory in the 200 IM, pulling ahead early in the event.

    Sophomore Mark Ferguson (Perth, Australia/John XXIII) will look to repeat his performance against Purdue where he won the first two events of his collegiate career. Ferguson won his second race of the meet and of his career in a thrilling 100 fly. Ferguson fought back from trailing by a .74 of a second margin, to win the race by 16 one-hundredths, 49.41 to 49.57.

    On the women's side, senior Taylor Reynolds (St. Louis, Mo./Webster Groves) obliterated the competition with a 23.37 in the 50 free to win by .28 of a second in a season-best time.


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