October 19, 2012

Storm Strong in Opener

ERIE, Pa.--The Lake Erie College men's and women's swimming team started the season off strong at Gannon University in Erie, Pa on Friday, setting two school records.

The men defeated Gannon 140-122, while the women fell 192-70.

On the men's side, sophomore All-American Ivan Cizmar (Zagreb, Croatia) won three individual events for the Storm-100 backstroke (52.44), 200 back (1:50.44), 200 individual medley (1:55.41). Classmate Julian Milinkovskyi (Ukraine) captured two individual events-100 (57.59) and 200 breastroke (2:068.9).

The men also saw large contributions from two freshmen. In his collegiate debut, Denys Fedorchenko (Zaporozhye, Ukraine/Collegium of Zaporizhia No. 98) set a Lake Erie record in the 1000 freestyle with a time of 9:47.88, more than 10 seconds less than the previous record. Fedorchenko also captured individual victories in the 100 free (47.25) and the 500 free (4:44.13). Yan Milinkovskyi (Zaporizhia, Ukraine/Academical Laceum of Zaporizhia) was victorious in the 200 free (1:45.39), by .39 seconds over Gannon's Adam Chrzanowski, and the 100 butterfly (51.64).

The team of Cizmar, J. Milinkovskyi, Y. Milinkovskyi, and Fedorchenko also captured the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:36.58.

"This was a big win for our men's team," said head coach Nikki Rose.  "This is something we have been working toward since last season and I am really proud of the races we had tonight.  We had some new faces step  up tonight and that really made the difference for us at this meet.  Gannon is consistently a strong program and we are happy to have had such a strong showing against them."

For the women, freshman Jennifer Scholl (Kentwood, Mich./East Kentwood)set a Lake Erie record in the 100 fly in her collegiate debut with a time of 1:01.64. Scholl also finished third in the 200 (2:02.12) and 100 free (56.61). Classmate Brittany Funk (Turlock, Calif./John H. Pittman) was victorious in the 200 fly (2:19.64) and took second in the 1000 free (11:24.54). Lauren Menicucci (Reno, Nev./Reno) took second the 200 breast with a time of (2:27.81), as well as finishing third in the 200 IM (2:18.31).

Coach Quote: "On our women's side, I think we had a handful of outstanding swims but the best is yet to come.  It is a young team and I expect that we will see great progress from this group of ladies as the season progresses.  I am overall, very pleased with the effort by the Storm Swimmers and look forward to seeing the women come together as they continue to improve."-Nicole Rose

The Storm return to pool on Saturday (Oct. 19) for the first, and only, home swim meet of the season, playing host to Urbana University at 3 pm at the Perry Community Fitness Center pool in nearby Perry, Ohio.

-LEC-