Storm Swimming Dominate in Home Opener

Storm Swimming Dominate in Home Opener

PERRY, Ohio—The Lake Erie College men's and women's swim teams were victorious in their home opener against Urbana University on Saturday (Oct. 20) in nearby Perry, with the men setting four school records.

The Lake Erie men (2-0) defeated Urbana 173.5-83.5, while the women (1-1) won 199-53.

The Storm teams were dominate, winning all but two events on the day.

The men were led by freshman Yan Milinkovskyi (Zaporizhia, Ukraine/Academical Laceum of Zaporizhia), who set two school records in his second career meet. Y. Milinkovskyi was victorious in the 200 freestyle (1:45.66) and the 50 free (21.75), the latter of which set a new Lake Erie record. His time of 51.03 in the 100 butterfly was also enough to surpass the school record. Classmate Denys Fedorchenko (Zaporozhye, Ukraine/Collegium of Zaporizhia No. 98) was victorious in the 500 free (4:48.88), the 1000 free (10:20.06) and the 100 backstroke (54.45). Sophomore Julian Milinkovskyi (Ukraine) set the school record in the 100 free with a time of 47.02. J. Milinkovskyi also took first in the 100 (1:01.45) and 200 (2:08.74) breaststroke. Ivan Cizmar (Zagreb, Croatia) set a new school record in the 200 fly (1:54.58), as well as winning the 200 back (1:52.82) and the 200 individual medley (1:57.35).

The men also saw contributions from freshmen Jordan Krumpelman (Westerville, Ohio/St. Charles Prepatory) and Bryce Wood (Ashland, Ohio/Ashland) and sophomores Nickolas Garcia (Saginaw, Mich./Saginaw) and David Thieshen, who had second place finishes in the 1000 free (11:04.49), 500 free (5:12.89), 100 breast (1:05.52), and the 200 breast (2:23.79) respectively.

Cizmar, J. Milinkovskyi, Y. Milinkovskyi, and Fedorchenko were victorious in the 200 yard medley relay with a time of 1:35.77.

Freshmen Brittany Funk (Turlock, Calif./John H. Pittman), Jennifer Scholl (Kentwood, Mich./East Kentwood), and junior Lauren Menicucci (Reno, Nev./Reno) led the women with a trio of first place finishes apiece. Funk picked up victories in the 100 back (1:06.34), 200 fly (2:18.85), and the 200 back (2:22.80) while classmate Scholl won the 200 free (2:02.39), 100 free (56.75) and the 100 fly (1:02.42). Mennicucci took first place in the 100 breast (1:10.76), 200 breast (2:29.85) and the 200 IM (2:17. 62).

Several swimmers contributed the win. Junior Casey Wendall (Lafayette, Ind./McCutcheon) took first in the 1000 free (11:32.94) and the 500 free (5:37.94), as well as finishing second in the 200 fly (2:19.48). Classmate Ashley Rand (Uniontown, Ohio/Uniontown) won the 50 free with a time of 26.39. Freshman Joelyith Humpe (Rayland, Ohio/Wheeling Central Catholic) took second place in three events-the 50 free (26.71), 100 back (1:08.84) and 200 back (2:33.52). Classmates Kelsey McCormick (Marysville, Mich./Marysville) and Courtney Freed (St. George, Utah/Desert Hills) finsihed second in the 1000 free (11:55.68) and the 200 IM (2:55.04) respectively.

Funk, Menicucci, Scholl, and Rand led the women to a victory in the 200 yard medley relay with a time of 1:57.55, while Humpe, McCormick, Freed, and Martha Ruether (Allegany, N.Y./Allegany-Limestone Central) took first place in the 200 free relay (1:49.92.

Head coach Nicole Rose on the wins: "We were so excited about the first home meet.  We had so many families in attendance, prospective students, friends from the surrounding community and of course our LEC fan base!  The crowd was great and our swimmers really responded to the excitement in the stands.  We had some excellent races.  Our breaststrokers did a great job tonight, especially with our men finishing 1-2-3 in the 200 breaststroke.  We have a lot of work in front of us yet, so we are going to put this behind us Monday morning and start to get ready for the next challenge ahead when we move to GLIAC competition next weekend. "

The Storm open up their Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference schedule on Saturday (Oct. 27) traveling to the University of Findlay for a 1 pm meet.