Dynamic duo: Cizmar, Milinkovskyi underwater and underway at NCAA-II nationals

Dynamic duo: Cizmar, Milinkovskyi underwater and underway at NCAA-II nationals

GENEVA, Ohio -- The NCAA Division II Championships commence on Wednesday, and for the third straight year, senior Julian Milinkovskyi and junior Ivan Cizmar will represent Lake Erie at the highly-competitive title event.

Milinkovskyi provisionally qualified in six events but will be limited to five entrances and four competitions, per NCAA rules. Milinkovksyi's highest seed/national ranking is seventh in the 200-yard individual medley. He placed third in that event at the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championship on Feb. 12-15. Milinkovskyi is also entered in the 400-yard individual medley, 100-yard butterfly and the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke events.  At the GLIAC Championships, Milinkovskyi earned third-place finishes in the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke and sixth in the 100-yard butterfly.

Cizmar is seeded seventh in the 400-yard individual medley, an event that he won – with a conference-record time -- at the GLIAC Championship in February. Cizmar will also be swimming the 200-yard backstroke.  He placed second in the event at the GLIAC Championship.

"I am really proud of the two men we have representing our program at the NCAA Division II Championship," said Head Coach Nicole Rose.  "It is fantastic that, although the meet has continued to become more and more competitive, these two athletes have remained at the top of the pack."

The NCAA D-II title event will take place at the Spire Aquatic Center in Geneva, Ohio, on March 12-15. The Northeast Ohio facility has been the site of numerous successes for LEC Swimming & Diving this season. The Storm have competed at Spire four times this season – three times in the regular season and at last month's GLIAC meet.

The NCAA Championships are comprised of morning and evening sessions, with qualifying heats run in the mornings and championship and consolation finals held at night. [Schedule of Events | Championship page]

Top-eight finishers in each event are tabbed as NCAA-II All-Americans. Finishers 9-16 are tabbed as All-American honorable mentions.

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