Two U.S. Olympic Education Center speedskaters placed in the top three at the American Cup II this weekend in Cleveland, Ohio.
Northern Michigan University junior Chris Creveling (Kintersville, Pa.) placed second overall. Creveling advanced to the 1500 meter final, placing second with a time of 2:23.266. In the 1000m, Creveling was first in the semifinal at 1:30.147 and skated in the final with a time of 1:31.569, giving him first place. Creveling was knocked out of the semifinals in the 1500m superfinal, but bounced back, finishing third in the B final with a time of 2:25.356.
Junior Kimberly Derrick (Grand Rapids, Mich.) placed third overall, dominating her first race, the 1500m. Derrick won her first heat, the semifinal and the final with a time of 2:36.826. Derrick advanced to the final round of the 500m short sprint race and finished fourth with a time of 47.339. During the 1000m race, Derrick was knocked out in the quarterfinals but was able to clinch first in the C final with a time of 1:39.798. In her last race, the 1500m superfinal, Derrick won the semifinal and finished in third place at 2:34.545.
Senior Barry Winslow (Midland, Mich.) finished fifth overall at the American Cup II. He skated a personal best in the 1000m with a 1:32.028 time, finishing third.