Storm Victorious on First Day of Cleveland City Invitational

Ashley Rand/Photo By Bill Wendall
Ashley Rand/Photo By Bill Wendall

UNIVERSITY CIRCLE, Ohio—The Lake Erie College swimming teams were victorious over John Carroll University on Friday night (Nov. 2) on the first day of the Cleveland City Invitational.

The Storm won by a combined score of 214-192.

The women were strong in the victory, setting four school records in the process. Freshman Brittany Funk (Turlock, Calif. / John H. Pittman) led the women with two first place finishes, coming in the 1000 (11:14.56) and 500 (5:30.67) freestyle. Her time in the 1000 free set a new Lake Erie record. Junior Lauren Menicucci (Reno, Nev./Reno) took first in the 100 breaststroke with a time of1:10.41 and took second in the 200 individual medley. Freshman Jennifer Scholl (Kentwood, Mich./East Kentwood) took second place in the 100 and 200 free. Her time of 2:00.24 in the 200 free set a new Lake Erie mark. Junior Ashley Rand (Uniontown, Ohio/Uniontown) set a school record in the 50 free with a time of 25.95. Freshman Courtney Freed (St. George. Utah/Desert Hills) took second in the 100 butterfly and the 100 breast. Junior Casey Wendall added a second place finish in the 1000 free.

The women's 200 free relay team, consisting of Joelyith Humpe (Rayland, Ohio/Wheeling Central Catholic), Kelsey McCormick (Marysville, Mich./Marysville), Scholl and Rand, broke the school record with a time of 1:45.31 in their first place finish.

Freshman Denys Federchenko (Zaporozhye, Ukraine / Collegium of Zaporizhia No. 98) led the men with first place finishes in the 100 (47.48), 500 (4:48.62) and the 1000 (10:09.06). Classmate Yan Milinkovskyi (Zaporozhye, Ukraine / Academical Laceum of Zaporizhia) added two first place finishes-50 free (21.80) and 100 fly. Sophomore Ivan Cizmar (Zagreb, Croatia) also won the 200 free (1:44.77) and 100 back (53.13). Junior Julian Milinovskyi (Ukraine) won the 200 IM (2:01.92) and 100 breast (59.65).

Several other men contributed in the win. Sophomore David Thieshen picked up second place finishes in the 200 IM and 100 fly, while redshift freshman Patrick Goelz and true freshmen Jordan Krumpelman (Westerville, Ohio/St. Charles Prepatory) and Bryce Wood (Ashland, Ohio/Ashland) took second place in the 50 free, 100 back, and 1000 free respectively.

Head Coach Nicole Rose on the win: Our men raced well tonight but overall it was the women's team that really had some game changing and record breaking performances.  We broke four women's records tonight and I believe that is a testament to the training.  We are getting stronger, more efficient, and improving technique every week.  It will be exciting to see how we wrap the semester in just a few weeks.  We are looking forward to racing tomorrow and we expect to have even more challenging races on day two of the tournament.

The Storm return to the pool tomorrow for the second day of the invitational, swimming against Case Western Reserve University.