Storm Swimming Set to Kick Off Season

PAINESVILLE, Ohio—The Lake Erie College men's and women's swimming teams return to the pool Friday, Oct. 19, to kick off the 2012-13 season at Gannon University after a successful 2011-12 campaign that saw the men's squad take 22nd at the NCAA Division II Championships. 

The Storm men were led by a pair of All-America honorees in Ivan Cizmar (Zagreb, Croatia) and Julian Milinkovskyi (Ukraine).  Milinkovskyi, the GLIAC Champion in the 200 individual medley, earned All-American status by finishing 16th in the 200 breaststroke at the NCAA Championships after taking second in the event at the GLIAC Championships. Cizmar earned All-American status by placing seventh in the 200 backstroke and 16th in the 400 IM at the NCAA Championships.

For the Storm women, junior Casey Wendell (Lafayette, Ind./McCutcheon) returns for her third season on the squad after setting five school records last year (200 free, 500 free, 1000 free, 1650 free, 200 fly).  Her time in the 200 fly earned her an eighth-place finish in the GLIAC Championships. Classmates Ashley Rand (Uniontown, Ohio/Uniontown) also returns for the Storm, the current holder of the school record in the 100 free (56.57), as well as Lauren Menicucci (Reno, Nev./Reno), who set five school records last season (50 free, 100 brest, 200 breast, 200 IM, 400 IM) and holds the school record in the 100 and 200 back.

Fifteen new swimmers will join the Storm this year, seven men and eight women.  The men come from three different states, Ohio (3), Pennsylvania (1), and Michigan (1).  The class also features two international students, Yan Milinkovskyi (Zaporozhye, Ukraine/Academical Laceum of Zaporizhia) and Denys Fedorchenko (Zaporozhye, Ukraine/Collegium of Zaporizhia No. 98).  Yan is the brother of All-American Julian Milinkovskyi.  The women hail from five states, Ohio (3), Michigan (2), California (1), New York (1), and Utah (1).

The Storm broke 23 school records in the 2011-12 season.  Fourteen of those records were broken during the GLIAC Championships and four were broken at the NCAA Championships.  Milinkovskyi broke the most for the men (6), followed by Cizmar (5), Nicky Buckel (1) and David Thieshen (1).  Wendall and Lauren Menicucci broke five records apiece for the women.

The Storm make their home debut on Saturday (Oct. 20), facing Urbana University at the Perry Community Fitness Center Pool in Perry, Ohio at 3 p.m. The meet will be steamed live HERE

 -LEC-