Storm Split GLIAC Opener at Findlay

David Thieshen/Photo By Bill Wendall
David Thieshen/Photo By Bill Wendall

FINDLAY, Ohio—The Lake Erie College swimming teams split their Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference opener at the University of Findlay on Saturday (Oct. 27). The Storm men won 153-30, while the women fell 148-77.

Julian Milinkovskyi (Ukraine) led the Storm men (3-0) with three individual wins-100 freestyle (48.37), 100 breastroke (58.36) and 200 individual medley (1:55.10). Freshman Yan Milinkovsky (Zaporizhia, Ukraine/Academical Laceum of Zaporizhia) was victorious in two events-50 free (21.56) and 100 butterfly (51.09). His time in the 50 free broke the school record that he set against Urbana University earlier in the season. Classmate Denys Federchenko (Zaporozhye, Ukraine/Collegium of Zaporizhia No. 98) also won two events, and set two school records, in the 200 free (1:41.69) and the 500 free (4:44.52). Bryce Wood (Ashland, Ohio/Ashland) won the 1000 free with a time of 10:52.64). Ivan Cizmar (Zagreb, Croatia) was victorious in the 100 back (52.74) and took second in the 200 free. Sophomore David Thieshen (Bethal Park, Pa./Bethal Park) picked up second place finishes in the 50 free and 100 breast.

The Storm relay teams won both of their events. Cizmar, Federchenko, Y. Milinkovskyi, and Patrick Goelz (South Park, Pa./South Park) won the 200 free relay while Thieshen, Wood, Jordan Krumpelman (Westerville, Ohio/St. Charles Preparatory), and Gabriel Green (Gilbert Az./Mesquite) captured the 200 medley relay.

For the women, Ashley Rand (Uniontown, Ohio/Uniontown) picked up the lone first place finish for the Storm in the 50 free (26.51). Lauren Menicucci (Reno, Nev./Reno) picked up second place finishes in the 100 breast and the 200 IM, while Jennifer Scholl (Kentwood, Mich./East Kentwood) took second in the 100 and 200 free. Joelyith Humpe (Rayland, Ohio/Wheeling Central Catholic) and Brittany Funk (Turlock, Calif./John H. Pittman) took second in the 50 and 500 free respectively.

Head coach Nicole Rose on the GLIAC opener: We had a strong showing against Findlay and I am pretty pleased with the efforts today.  Our men were able to change a few events and  we had a handful of swimmers get a chance to post times in new events.  We raced well, but overall times were a little off this week. This is typical based on the training phase that we are in, but we still had a few strong performances.  We are back to work first thing Monday morning and the swimmers already know the areas we need to focus on next.

The Storm return to the pool on Nov. 2-3 for the Cleveland City Invitational at University Circle, Ohio.