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Northwestern sports top five moments of the year — No. 5: Jordan Wilimovsky is going to Rio

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Our athlete of the year swam perhaps the most impressive race of the year for Team USA.

Jordan Wilimovsky Feature

In the upcoming days, we'll be counting down our Top 5 moments in Northwestern sports from the 2015 calendar year. We're starting with an Olympic athlete, Jordan Wilimovsky.

Jordan Wilimovsky isn't anywhere near Evanston right now. And he won't be for a while. Why, you ask? Oh, he's just training for the Olympics.

Wilimovsky, our 2014-2015 Athlete of the Year, took gold at the World Championships this summer, thus allowing him to bypass the Olympic Trials that he would normally have to take part in to make the team. All he had to do to make the Rio team was come in the Top 10. He came in first, the first such result for U.S. men in a decade.

Oh, and his effort helped him win "Race of the Year" at the 2015 Golden Goggle Awards, beating out stars Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps.

Hence, he's back home in California training and working toward Olympic Gold while taking a redshirt year from Northwestern. He'll have the chance to win America's first Olympic gold in the event ever in Rio de Janeiro this summer.