Every few weeks at InsideNU we like to give an update on Northwestern’s non-revenue sports. We haven’t done a serious one in a while, so here it is:
Women’s Cross Country
This time we’re leading off with cross country for good reason. Northwestern made it to the Natty! True freshman Aubrey Roberts became the first Northwestern cross-country runner to compete in NCAA National Championships since Audrey Huth in 2010. Roberts had a huge race at the NCAA Midwest Regionals and finished in fourth, earning her a bid to the National Championships in Terre Haute, Indiana on November 19.
At that race, she placed 50th, which is the highest finish at the National Championship that Northwestern has ever had. She set a 6K team record with a 20:17 time as well.
Men’s and Women’s Swimming
Both Northwestern teams emerged victorious in the TYR Invitational at the Norris Aquatic Center on November 18th. The women won comfortably while the men’s team squeaked past Michigan State by a half-point. Valerie Slowing broke two school records in the 1000m free and the 1650m free. Olympian Jordan Wilimovsky set a pool record in the 1650m free with a 14:48.94. He has the fastest time in the NCAA right now and remains, as always, a certified badass. Both teams are off for another month before their next invitationals.
Northwestern wrestling got off to a good start with two dominant wins over the University of Chicago and North Central. The team then beat Cal Poly and Bloomsburg before heading to the Keystone Classic. Northwestern finished seventh in the tournament, and will host No. 23 North Dakota State on December 2nd at Welsh-Ryan Arena.
Not many people were watching, but Strong Kirchheimer made his first ATP Challenger Tour main draw in Columbus by defeating Damon Gooch on November 21st. Kirchheimer would fall in straight sets to Sam Barry, but he ends the season on the verge of making the top 1000 in the ATP Rankings.