Northwestern swimmer Jordan Wilimovsky has qualified for his second Olympic event for Team USA with a second-place finish in the 1500m freestyle at U.S. Olympic Trials.
Congrats to @j_wilimovsky on finishing 2nd in the 1500 free. Adds his second Olympic event. #B1GCats #SwimTrials16 pic.twitter.com/Kz0WkiXD4d— #B1GCats (@NU_Sports) July 4, 2016
Wilimovsky qualified for the 10K open water race at Rio with a victory at World Championships last year. He will now have two chances to bring home glory for the United States. At tonight's qualifying race in Omaha, Wilimovsky finished two seconds behind winner Connor Jaeger, but made the team by a full 17 seconds. Wilimovsky has the chance to be the first American gold medalist in the 10k and plans to compete in the 1500m and 10K open water events, the two longest events in the Olympics.
He's out-achieved the goals that he set when our own Zach Pereles wrote a feature about him last year, and his decision to take a year off from Northwestern to train for the Olympics appears to have paid dividends.
On a less happy note, former Wildcat and defending 100 meter backstroke Olympic gold medalist Matt Grevers did not qualify for Rio after finishing third in the event at trials. At 31, Grevers may have swum in his final event.