Wilimovsky makes Olympics in 1,500 meter freestyle

Wilimovsky makes Olympics in 1,500 meter freestyle
(Daily file photo by Brian Lee)

Northwestern swimmer Jordan Wilimovsky finished second in the 1,500 meter freestyle at U.S. Olympic Trials in Omaha, qualifying him for his second event at August’s games in Rio de Janeiro.

Wilimovsky, who qualified in the 10 kilometer open water distance by winning the 2015 World Championship in that discipline, finished in a personal-best 14:49.19. He took over control of second place early and established clear water over trailing swimmers by the 900 meter mark. Wilimovsky finished more than 17 seconds ahead of third place finisher Michael McBroom.

Connor Jaeger won the race in 14:47.61.

A rising senior, Wilimovsky took this past year off from NU to focus on his training. He holds school records in the 500 yard, 1,000 yard and 1,650 yard freestyle.

The 1,500 meter event in Rio begins Aug. 12. The open water swim is Aug. 16.

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