Storm Fall on Final Day of Invitational

Julian Milinkovskyi
Julian Milinkovskyi

UNIVERSITY CIRCLE, Ohio—The Lake Erie College swimming team fell to Case Western Reserve University on the second day of the Cleveland City Invitational on Saturday (Nov. 3), falling 306-168.

The men lost by a score of 139-98 to suffer their first dual-meet loss of the season (4-1). The Lake Erie women (1-4) were defeated 167-70.

The men's side was led by freshman Denys Federcheno (Zaporozhye, Ukraine/Collegium of Zaporizhia No. 98), who finished the day with three first place finishes in freestyle events, winning the 200 (1:57.07 ), 500 (4:41.23) and the 1000 (9:48.90). Junior Julian Milinkovskyi (Ukraine) finished first in the 200 free (1:42.70) and the 200 breaststroke (2:07.39). Sophomore Ivan Cizmar (Zagreb, Croatia) also took first in two events-400 individual medley (4:05.93) and 200 backstroke (1:51.06). Yan Milinkovskyi (Zaporozhye, Ukraine/Academical Laceum of Zaporizhia) had the other first place finish for the men, winning the 100 free with a time of 47.40.

The 400 medley team of Patrick Golez (South Park, Pa./South Park), Y. Milinkovskyi, J. Milinkovskyi, and Cizmar were victorious with a time of 3:29.96.

Lauren Menicucci (Reno, Nev./Reno) led the women with two first place finishes coming in the 400 IM (4:52.67) and the 200 breast (2:31.81). Freshmen Jennifer Scholl (Kentwood, Mich./East Kentwood) won the 200 free with a time of 2:01.52 and took second in the 100 free. Freshmen Brittany Funk (Turlock, Calif./John H. Pittman) and Courtney Freed (St. George, Utah/Desert Hills) finished second in the 1000 free and 200 fly respectively.

The women's 400 free relay team of Joelyith Humpe (Rayland, Ohio/Wheeling Central Catholic), Kelsey McCormick (Marysville, Mich./Marysville), Ashley Rand (Uniontown, Ohio/Uniontown), and Scholl set a new Lake Erie mark with a time of 3:51.77.

Head Coach Nicole Rose on the meet:"Case is a great team. They gave us some great opportunities to race today and we were not able to meet that challenge as we had hoped. We are reminded to stay humble and it is very important that we get focused for the next week if we want to get back on our intended path. Again we had a handful of great swims (400IM) and so we will focus on those positives as we go forward toward next weekend."

The Storm return to the pool on Friday (Nov. 9) to face Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference foe Malone University.