PAINESVILLE, OHIO –The Lake Erie College men's swimming team won six of 14 races while the women won four as Lake Erie hosted its first meet of the season as it faced Wheeling Jesuit University at the Perry Community Fitness Center.
It was a three-for-three day for two members of the Storm – sophomore Lauren Menicucci (Reno, Nev./Reno) and freshman Ivan Cizmar (Zagreb, Croatia/). Menicucci won the 100 yard breaststroke (1:10.92), the 200 yard breaststoke (2:28.32) and the 200 yard IM (2:14.85). Her 200 yard breaststroke was a new Lake Erie record with the other two races less than a second away from top times.
Cizmar won the 1000 yard freestyle (9:59.00), the 200 yard backstroke (1:49.69) and the 500 yard freestyle (4:51.12). The 1000 yard freestyle and 200 yard backstroke were both new Lake Erie records, with the 200 yard backstroke a more than two second improvement on the NCAA "B" Cut time Cizmar has set earlier in the season.
Two other Storm swimmers, sophomores Casey Wendall (Lafayette, Ind./McCutcheon) and Julian Milinkovskyi (Ukraine/) each won individual races. Wendall took the 200 yard butterfly (2:18.86). Milinkovskyi won the 200 yard breaststroke (2:09.17) and the 200 yard freestyle (1:42.82), which set a new LEC record.
The final Lake Erie win came in the men's as freshmen David Thieshen (Bethal Park, Pa./Bethel Park) and Cole Leonberg (Freedom, Pa./Freedom) teamed with Milinkovskyi and Cizmar to win the 200 yard medley relay with a time of 1:38.85.
Overall, Wheeling Jesuit won on the men's side, 132-98 and for the women, 137-65.