Lake Erie College won against Davis & Elkins and fell to Wheeling Jesuit in a tri-match in Wheeling, W. Va. on Friday night. The biggest contributor to the Storm successes was freshman Daniel Torres (Chihuahua, Mexico), with three individual wins.
Torres broke two pool records at the WJU Natatorium including one which had stood since 1998. In the 200-yard backstroke, Torres beat the nearest competitor by 15 seconds with a record breaking time of 1:56.89. He also set a new pool record in the 100-yard backstroke in 53.19 and was a winner 200-yard IM in 1:59.58.
"It's exciting to break pool records held by swimmers who were at
one point my teammates," said Head Coach Nicole Rose, who swam at Wheeling Jesuit from 2000-04. "It was exciting to bring this strong new team to face many kids I spent the last few years coaching while at Wheeling and to be very competitive in the races."
The other multi-race winner for Lake Erie was freshman Alex Brown (Reno, Nev./Galena). Brown took the 200-yard butterfly in 1:59.63 and the 100-yard butterfly in 53.10, falling less than a second short of that pool mark.
For the women, freshman Casey Wendall (Lafayette, Ind./McCutcheon) had the biggest day competing in the distance events. Wendall won the 500-yard freestyle in 5:38.86 and placed second by nine seconds in a very competitive 1000-yard freestyle with a time of 11:38.86. Wendall also placed second in the 200-yard butterfly with 2:19.77.
The other women's winner was freshman Lauren Menicucci (Reno, Nev./Reno) in the 200-yard IM in 2:18.16. Menicucci nearly had three first place finishes as she finished second in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:11.72), just .18 seconds behind, and second in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:35.29).
Lake Erie narrowly defeated the David & Elkins men, 57-54, while the women won by forfeit, 11-0. Against WJU, the men fell by a count of 67-38 and the women lost, 71-45.