Jordan Wilimovsky’s 2016 Olympics begin with the 1500 meter freestyle heats mid-day Friday in Rio.
Wilimovsky, a redshirt senior at Northwestern, was our 2015 Student-Athlete of the Year after a dominant year against Big Ten competition. He qualified for the 1500 in Rio by placing second in the event at U.S. Olympics Trials behind Connor Jaeger.
Wilimovsky is set to swim in Heat 5. Jaeger will swim in Heat 6. There are six heats and 46 swimmers overall. There are eight spots available in the final.
Wilimovsky will become the first American in history to swim in both lap swimming and open-water events in the same Olympics, as he is scheduled to swim in the open-water 10k on Tuesday morning, his main event.
Here is how you can watch Wilimovsky in the heats:
Time: Heat 1 begins at 11:40 a.m. CT. Heat 5 is projected to start at 12:52 p.m. CT.
Lane: Lane 3
TV: NBC (Olympic coverage begins at 11 a.m. CT)
Online stream: nbcolympics.com
If Wilimovsky advances, he will swim in the 1500 finals on Saturday evening.