After swimming a personal-best time of 14:48.23 in the 1500 meter freestyle heats, Jordan Wilimovsky will swim in the event finals tonight at the Rio Olympic Games.
Wilimovsky, a redshirt senior at Northwestern, redshirted between his junior and senior seasons to go back to his hometown of Santa Monica, California to focus on training with his coach Dave Kelsheimer. It paid major dividends. Wilimovsky not only qualified for the 1500 in Rio via U.S. Olympic Trials this July and then advanced to the finals yesterday, but he also qualified for the 10k open water swim last summer, which he will compete in Tuesday morning. He will be the first U.S. Olympian to swim in both the pool and open water.
Wilimovsky had a very impressive swim—over 17 seconds faster than his qualifying swim at U.S. Trials back in early July—and finished third-fastest among all swimmers across six heats. That puts him in Lane 3, the same lane he swam in for his heat.
Here are the lane assignments for Saturday night; the fastest qualifiers swim in middle lanes, starting with top qualifier Georgio Paltrinieri of Italy in Lane 4.
Lane 1: Ryan Cochrane (CAN)
Lane 2: Gabriele Detti (ITA)
Lane 3: Jordan Wilimovsky (USA)
Lane 4: Georgio Paltrinieri (ITA)
Lane 5: Connor Jaeger (USA)
Lane 6: Mack Horton (AUS)
Lane 7: Damien Joly (FRA)
Lane 8: Henrik Christiansen (NOR)
Here’s how to watch the Wildcat distance-swimming sensation:
Start time: NBC’s coverage begins at 7 p.m. CT; the 1500 is scheduled for 8:11 p.m. CT
Live online stream: nbcolympics.com (scroll down to live action options)
Mobile: NBC Sports app
Betting odds: Paltrinieri is the favorite at 1 / 8. Horton comes in at 11 / 2, Jaeger at 12 / 1 and Wilimovsky at 33 / 1.